Curriculum Advisor

Prof. Shayan Mookherjea 
Jacobs Hall, 3203
(858) 534-4483

Applied optics and photonics is an interdisciplinary area involving optical science and engineering, optical and opto-electronic materials and device technology, communication and computer engineering as well as photonic systems engineering. Specific topics include:

  • Ultrafast optical processes
  • Nonlinear optics
  • Quantum cryptography and communications
  • Optical image science
  • Multidimensional opto-electronic I/O devices
  • Spatial light modulators and photodetectors
  • Artifical dielectrics
  • Multifunctional diffractive and micro-optics
  • Volume and computer generated holography
  • Opto-electronic and micro-mechanical device and packaging
  • Modeling and design of photonic devices and systems
  • Photonic integrated circuits and systems
  • Optical sensors
  • Fiber optics
  • Guided-wave modulators and detectors
  • Opto-electronic semiconductor microstructures
  • Injection lasers and photodetectors, etc...

Applied optics and photonics research projects are focused on applications to such areas as:

  • Integration of optical interconnects in high-speed digital systems
  • Ultra-high-speed optical networks
  • 3-D optical memories and memory interfaces
  • 3-D imaging and displays.
  • Optical multidimensional signal and image processing

The department has available various lithography, material growth, microfabrication and assembly equipment, cw and femtosecond pulse laser systems, detection systems, optical and electro-optic components and devices, electronic and optical characterization and testing equipment.

Photonics - Course Requirements