University of California, Berkeley
Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences Department
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EE236A, Spring 2008
Quantum and Optical Electronics

Tues & Thurs: 12:30 - 2:00 pm
299 Cory Hall

Graduate Level Standin including EE117 Electromagnetic Waves, and Physics 137A Quantum Mechanics, or equivalent.

Course Format:
Three hours of lecture per week.

Requirements for Credit:
There will be homework problems, a Mid-Term, a Final Exam, and required classroom participation.

Grades will be allocated based on the following weights:
Homework:  15%
Mid-Term Exam:  15%
Final Exam:  65%
Classroom Participation:  5%

Required Textbook:
"Quantum Electronics", 3rd Edition by Amnon Yariv, 704 pages, Wiley 1989
ISBN-10: 0471609978
Engineering Library Call Number: QC688.Y371 1989;
Physics Library Call Number: QC688.Y371 1989

Credit:  3.0 Units

Professor Eli Yablonovitch
267M Cory Hall
Phone: (510) 642-6821

Office Hours:
By appointment  -  267M Cory Hall

Course Administrative Assistant:
Therese George
253 Cory Hall
Phone: (510) 642-2384


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Welcome to EE236A

Course Description:

     We will cover many of the topics in Yariv's book, including interaction with atomic and semiconductor systems, density matrix treatment, laser resonators, specific laser systems, laser dynamics, Q-switching and mode-locking, noise in lasers and optical amplifiers, nonlinear optics, phase-conjugation, electro-optics, acousto-optics and magneto-optics, photon coherence, stimulated Raman and Brillouin scattering.
      In addition, a number of new areas have emerged that are not in the text-book: Spontaneous Emission is now being routinely engineered. Plasmonics has emerged, in which metallic components are focusing optical radiation to the nano-scale. And specifically, quantum mechanical effects like Zero-Point Squeezing, Quantum Cryptography and Teleportation, and Quantum Repeaters.

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  • A time slot for makeup classes will be determined during the 3rd semester week, once students know which classes they are taking.

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Midterm/Final Exam:

  • Final Exam Group 15:   Tuesday,   May 20, 2008   5:00 - 8:00PM
  • Show-up on time. There will be no make-up examination.

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 Last updated November 1, 2007