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Spring 2013-2014
ELE 561 / PHY 565  

Fundamentals of Nanophotonics

Alejandro W. Rodriguez

Introduction to theoretical techniques for understanding and modeling nanophotonic systems, emphasizing important algebraic properties of Maxwell's equations. Topics covered include Hermitian eigensystems, photonic crystals, Bloch's theorem, symmetry, band gaps, omnidirectional reflection, localization and mode confinement of guided and leaky modes. Techniques covered include Green's functions, density of states, numerical eigensolvers, finite-difference and boundary-element methods, coupled-mode theory, scattering formalism, and perturbation theory. The course explores application of these techniques to current research problems.

Sample reading list:
J. D. Joannopoulos, S. G. Johnson, J. N. Winn, and R. D, Photonic Crystals: Molding the Flow of Light (2nd edition)
G. Strang, Computational Science and Engineering

Mid Term Exam - 30%
Final Exam - 40%
Problem set(s) - 30%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Knowledge of basic linear algebra and differential equations at the undergraduate level is assumed. Prior knowledge of quantum mechanics is not required, but helpful..

Other information:
Timing may be modified to accommodate scheduling conflicts.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43651 L01 11:00 am - 12:20 pm M W   Friend Center   112   Enrolled:11 Limit:25