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Module EI71062

This Module is offered by TUM Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

This module handbook serves to describe contents, learning outcome, methods and examination type as well as linking to current dates for courses and module examination in the respective sections.

Basic Information

EI71062 is a semester module in English language at Master’s level which is offered in summer semester.

This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.

  • Specific catalogue of special courses for condensed matter physics
  • Focus Area Experimental Quantum Science & Technology in M.Sc. Quantum Science & Technology
  • Complementary catalogue of special courses for nuclear, particle, and astrophysics
  • Complementary catalogue of special courses for Biophysics
  • Complementary catalogue of special courses for Applied and Engineering Physics
Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
150 h 45 h 5 CP

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


Review of optics: absorption, gain and refraction processes
Bragg mirrors, anti-reflection coatings, optical waveguides, optical resonators
Group velocity and group velocity dispersion
Review of semiconductor physics, band structure, effective masses of electrons and holes
Quantum-mechanical description of light emission and absorption, joint density of states, Purcell effect
Materials systems, preparation, and characterization
Heterostructures and band engineering
Light emitting diodes
Edge-emitting diode lasers
Frequency selection in semiconductor lasers: distributed feedback lasers and external cavity lasers
Vertical cavity surface-emitting lasers
Quantum and interbrand cascade lasers
Electro-optic and electro-absorption light modulators

Learning Outcome

Upon successful completion of the module, students have knowledge of the design and physical operating principles of modern semiconductor optoelectronic devices. The students are able to design and analyze the performance of a range of optoelectronic devices, including edge-emitting and vertical cavity diode lasers, distributed feedback lasers, quantum and interbrand cascade lasers, electro-optic and electro-absorption modulators, and photodetectors.


Electromagnetic field theory (required)
Solid state electronics (required)
Basic quantum mechanics (required)

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

VO 2 Optoelectronics Belkin, M. Tue, 09:45–11:15, N1095ZG
UE 1 Optoelectronics Krakofsky, J. Tue, 11:30–13:00, N1095ZG

Learning and Teaching Methods

Lectures with blackboard and power point presentations will present the physics background as well as design, operating principles, and applications of modern optoelectronic devices. Exercise sections will focus on applying the knowledge gained in the lectures to answer practical questions regarding optoelectronic devices design and performance. The students can further enhance their knowledge of the material and their ability to solve practical problems in optoelectronics through self-study with posted lecture slides and the course textbook.


Power point slides, PDF handouts, course textbooks.


PDF handouts posted at Moodle
Course textbook: Semiconductor Optoelectronic Devices, 2nd Ed., by P.K. Bhattacharya
Additional suggested textbook: Physics of Photonic Devices, 2nd Ed., by S.L. Chuang

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

60-minute written final exam (100% of the course grade). The exam is closed book and closed notes. The students are allowed to bring one A4-sized ‘formula sheet’ with any relevant information written on it. Both sides of the ‘formula sheet’ can be used. The exam will test students' knowledge of the material presented in the module as well as students' ability to apply the knowledge gained on design and physical operating principles to answer questions on the operation and theoretically analyze the performance of modern optoelectronic devices.

Exam Repetition

There is a possibility to take the exam in the following semester.

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