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When optical components are reduced to the nanoscale, they exhibit interesting properties that can be harnessed to create new devices. For example, imagine a block of material with thin layers of alternating materials. This creates a periodic arrangement of alternating dielectric constants, forming a "photonic crystal" that is analogous to the electronic crystals used in semiconductor devices. Photonic crystals, along with quantum dots and other devices patterned at the nanoscale, may form the basis for sensors and switches used in computers and telecommunications. More information on Nanophotonics can be found here.
Anti-Reflection Coating Assignment
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30 Nov 2010 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Alex Small
This is a guided activity for students to study the design of an anti-reflection coating. The student is first asked to do a simple calculation by hand, to determine the proper thickness for an …
Illinois ECE 460 Optical Imaging, Chapter 1: Introduction to Optical Imaging
28 Jul 2008 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Gabriel Popescu, Andre da Costa, Christopher Nixon, Glen Svenningsen
This presentation introduce some basic but fundamental concepts related to optical imaging: Electrical Magnetic Field, Frequency Domain, Measurable Quantities and the Uncertainty Principle. These …
Illinois ECE 460 Optical Imaging, Chapter 2: A Mathematical Toolbox for Optical Imaging
The objective of this presentation is to introduce the students to a set of tools that will be useful throughout the course, among these tools are: Green's Function, Fourier Transforms, Basic …
Illinois ECE 460 Optical Imaging, Chapter 3: Imaging
This chapter presents Geometrical Optics and also Fourier Optics, two important topics that precede Microscopy. Some of the covered concepts are: Fermat's Principle, Snell's Law, Thick and Thin Lens, …
Illinois ECE 460 Optical Imaging, Chapter 4: Microscopy
This chapter presents the main concepts and techniques of Microscopy: Resolution, Contrast, Dark Field Microscopy, Schlieren Method, Phase Contrast Microscopy, Quantitative Phase Microscopy and many …
Illinois ECE 460 Optical Imaging, Chapter 5: Light Scattering
29 Jul 2008 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Gabriel Popescu, Andre da Costa, Christopher Nixon, Glen Svenningsen
This chapter covers important topics related to Light Scattering: Simple particles, Rayleigh Scattering, The Born Approximation, Spatial Correlation, Ensemble of Particles, The Transport Equation, …
Illinois ECE 460 Optical Imaging, Chapter 6: Interferometry
This chapter explains the principles of interferometry, among its topics are: Superposition of fields, Monochromatic Fields, many type of interferometry, Temporal Coherence, etc.Notes developed by …
Modeling of Light Emitting Diodes with SILVACO
06 Feb 2011 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Dragica Vasileska
Simulation of LEDs with SILVACO is presented.
Nanophotonics (as taught in MIT 2.718/2.719: Photonic Materials, Fall 2012)
22 Feb 2013 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Nick Fang
This course is intended to introduce recent advances in photonics science and technology to undergraduate and graduate students in engineering. The course consists of selected topics in fundamental …
Nanotechnology and Visible Light
19 Dec 2006 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Raymond Serrano
This submission is an undergraduate project by Raymond Serrano, a chemistry student at UTEP. Raymond has been a nanoHUB student for one year. In addition to being factor of scale, nanoscience is …
Optimize Solar Cells
10 Feb 2011 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Dragica Vasileska
In this presentation different avenues used to enhance the performance of solar cells are explained.
PHYS 620 Lecture 1: Introduction
13 Feb 2013 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Roberto Merlin
Lecture notes only.
PHYS 620 Lecture 2: Permittivity: Kramers-Kronig Relations
Physical and Mathematical Description of the Operation of Photodetectors
07 Jun 2010 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Dragica Vasileska
This set of slides describes physical and mathematical description of the operation of photodetectors including important figures of merit.
Renewable Energy Sources
17 May 2010 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Dragica Vasileska
This presentation in pictures describes possibilities and utilization of alternative (green) sources of energy. Many sources contributed in the creation of this presentation. …
SILVACO Simulation of Solar Cells
This set of lecture notes describes the SILVACO simulation of Solar Cells. In particular, emphasis is placed on the module LUMINOUS.
Solar Cells Numerical Solution
01 Jun 2010 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Dragica Vasileska
This is an MS Thesis of Balaji Padmanabhan, a student of Prof. Vasileska. It describes numerical solution details for the 3D drift-diffusion equations as applied to modeling 1D-3D solar cells.
Solar Cells Operation and Modeling
15 Jul 2010 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Dragica Vasileska, Gerhard Klimeck
This set of slides decribes the basic principles of operation of various generations on solar cells with emphasis to single crystalline solar cells. Next, semiconductor equations that describe the …
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