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Computational Optoelectronics Course

by Dragica Vasileska, Gerhard Klimeck

Computational Optoelectronics Course

This course teaches the users the basic principles of operation of solar cells, light-emitting diodes, photodetectors and VCSELS. For some of these devices numerical implementation details are given and source codes are provided together with simulation examples. The outline of topics covered is as follows:

Quantum Mechanics Review

Basics of Quantum MechanicsBound States and Open Systems – Tsu-Esaki Formula Derivation – Quantum Wells and Heterostructures – Bound States Calculation Lab - Fortran Code

Piece-Wise Constant Potential Barrier Tool MATLAB Code

Bandstructure Calculation

Band Structure Calculation: General ConsiderationsEmpirical Pseudopotential Method Description

Tutorial on Semi-empirical Band Structure MethodsEmpirical Pseudopotential Method: Theory and Implementation – Description of the k.p Method – Tight-Binding Band Structure Calculation Method

Solar Cells

Renewable Energy Sources – Solar Cells Described – Crystalline Silicon Solar Cell Program


Physical and Mathematical Description of the Operation of Photodetectors

Light Emitting Diodes


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