Course detail

Optoelectronics and Integrated Optics

FSI-TOIAcad. year: 2011/2012

The course deals with the following topics: Electromagnetic theory of optical waveguides and fibres, coupled mode theory and waveguide input and output couplers. Waveguide fabrication techniques. Modulation and switching of light in waveguides. Integrated sources and detectors of light. Applications of integrated optics. Optical fibre communications. Photonic Crystals.

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

Basic overview of optoelectronics and integrated optics. Understanding of design and function
of optical devices such as waveguides, optical fibres, laser diodes, optical modulators and grating based devices. Ability to design simple waveguide devices.


Physics: basic knowledge in fields of optics (ray optics, interference and diffraction of light, principle of laser), electrodynamics (Maxwell equations, wave equation, plane wave, waves in optical materials) and semiconductor physics (energy bands, p-n junction). Mathematics: ability to solve simple partial differential equations.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

R.G. Hunsperger: Integrated Optics: Theory and Technology, Springer, Berlin 2002. (EN)
B.E.A. Saleh, M.C. Teich: Základy fotoniky, Matfyzpress, Praha, 1994. (CS)
S. O. Kasap, Optoelectronics and Photonics: Principles and Practices, Prentice-Hall, Upper Saddle River, 2001. (EN)
J. Čtyroký, I. Hüttel, J. Schröfel, L. Šimánková: Integrovaná optika, SNTL, Praha, 1986. (CS)
D. Marcuse: Theory of Dielectric Optical Waveguides, Academic Press, New York, 1974. (EN)
C.-L. Chen, Elements of optoelectronics and fiber optics, Irwin, Chicago, 2001. (EN)
A. Yariv, P. Yeh: Optical Waves in Crystals, Wiley, New York, 1984. (EN)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Teaching methods depend on the type of course unit as specified in the article 7 of BUT Rules for Studies and Examinations.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Course-unit credit is conditional on student's activity in the seminars.
Examination: the grade will reflect the performance on seminar problems
and final written exam.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.


The objective of the course is to present a basic overview of optoelectronics and integrated optics including the underlying principles and some current trends.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Students' performance on seminar problems will be checked. Absence can be compensated for via special homework.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme M2A-P Master's

    branch M-FIN , 2. year of study, winter semester, 5 credits, compulsory
    branch M-PMO , 2. year of study, winter semester, 5 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Introduction, Maxwell Equations, TE and TM Modes. Ray Optics and Guided Modes.
2. Fundamentals of the Electromagnetic Waveguide Theory. Planar Waveguides.
3. Optical Fibres. Other Types of Waveguides.
4. Coupled Mode Theory. Coupling Between Waveguides.
5. Waveguide Input and Output Couplers.
6. Waveguide Fabrication Techniques.
7. Electro-optic Modulators. Liquid Crystal Devices.
8. Acousto-optic Modulators. Magneto-optic Modulators.
9. Integrated Optical Sources.
10. Integrated Optical Detectors.
11. Applications of Integrated Optics.
12. Optical Communications Systems.
13. Photonic Crystals.


13 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


Seminars include practical problems related to the course. Moreover students will visit a lab to see simple guided-wave structures and fibre sensors.