Fall 2017






Time Room Instructor Office Hours Office
12:30-1:50pm, Tue Thur 3081 ECEB Yurii Vlasov (yvlasov@illinois.edu) Tue 2:30 PM or by appointment 1250 MNTL

Grader/TA TBD (tbd@illinois.edu)

Textbook: S.L.Chuang, Physics of Photonic Devices, 2nd Edition, Wiley, New York, 2009.

Supplementary Text (not required) B.E.A.Saleh and M.C.Teich, Fundamentals of Photonics, 2nd ed., Wiley, New York, 2007.

Tuesday (12:30 - 13:50) ECEB 3081

Thursday (12:30 - 13:50) ECEB 3081

8/29 L1.Introduction, Maxwell's equations. Boundary conditions (§2.1);  Slides;    Notes;   8/31 L2.Time-harmonic fields and duality principle, Poynting's theorem (§5.1, §5.2);  Notes;  

HW1 assignment   HW1 solutions  

9/5 L3. Plane wave solutions (§5.3). Propagation in isotropic media (§5.4)  Notes;   9/7 L4. Wave propagation in lossy media (§5.5)  Slides;    Notes;  

HW2 assignment   HW2 solutions  

9/12 L5 Plane wave reflection from a surface. Brewster angle, critical angle (§5.6)  Notes;   9/14 L6. Matrix optics(§5.7)  Notes;  

HW3 assignment   HW3 solutions  

9/19 L7. Propagation-matrix approach (§5.8)  Notes;   9/21 L8. Multilayered and periodic media (§5.8,§5.9)  Slides;    Notes;  

HW4 assignment   HW4 solutions  

9/26 L9. Light propagation in uniaxial media (§6.1)  Notes;   9/28 L10. Ordinary and extraordinary waves (§6.1)


10/3 Exam I

 Notes on exam problems;  

10/5 L11. Polaroid and quarter-wave plate (§6.1).  Notes;     Metallic waveguides (class notes)   Notes;  

HW5 assignment  

10/10 L12. Symmetric dielectric waveguides TE modes (§7.1)  Notes;  

10/12 L13. Propagation constant and effective index, Optical confinement factor (§7.1)  Recap Lect.12 notes;    Notes;  

HW6 assignment  

10/17 L14. TM modes, Cutoff conditions, dispersion relation (§7.1)  Notes;   10/19 L15. Asymmetric dielectric waveguides (§7.2), Ray optics approach (§7.3)  Notes;  

HW7 assignment  

10/24 L16. Surface plasmon waveguides (§7.7) 10/26 L17 Waveguide couplers (§8.1)

HW7 due  

10/31 L18. Coupled optical waveguides (§8.2) 11/2 L19. Applications of optical waveguide couplers (§8.3)

HW8 due  

11/7 Exam II 11/9 L20. Optical ring resonators and add-drop filters (§8.4)
11/14 L21. Optical fibers, numerical aperture (Class notes) 11/16 L22. Attenuation in optical fibers (Class notes)

HW9 due  

11/21 Thanksgiving Break 11/23 Thanksgiving Break
11/28 L23. Signal distortion in optical waveguides, group delay, dispersions (Class notes) 11/30 L24. Electro-optical effects and Amplitude modulators (§13.1)

HW10 due  

12/5 L25. Transverse amplitude modulator (§13.1) 12/7 L26. Phase modulators (§13.2)

HW11 due  

12/12 L27. Electro-optical effects in waveguide devices (§13.3) 12/14 Reading day (no class)


Unless specified otherwise, homework will be assigned weekly on Thursdays on-line on this web page and collected a week later next Thursday in class. No late homework will be accepted (except when special permission is granted by your instructor before the due date).


Two midsemester exams (in class) and the final exam are scheduled as follows

Exam I Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Exam II Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Final Exam December 19, 2017


Homework and Class Participation 25% of total
Midterm Exam I 25% of total
Midterm Exam II 25% of total
Final Exam 25% of total