PHYS 7440: Principles of Optoelectronics

PHYS 7440: Principles of Optoelectronics

About the Course

This course aims to provide a broad base on optoelectronic properties of semiconductors and device applications. Topics cover surface and interface of semiconductors, optical properties of semiconductors, light generation in semiconductors and recent advances in organic electronics.

Course Syllabus

The course will mainly cover the below topics:

1. Surface and interface of semiconductors

2. Optical properties of semiconductors

3. Optoelectronic devices

4. Organic electronics

5. Examples of Applications

Recommended Background

Students are recommended to have prior knowledge in solid state physics or semi-conductor physics.


Suggested Readings

1. J. Wilson and J. Hawkes, Optoelectronics – An Introduction, Prentice Hall, 2nd Ed., 1993.

2. S.M. Sze and K.K. Ng, Physics of Semiconductor Devices, John Wiley and Sons, 3rd Ed., 2006.

3. K. Seeger, Semiconductor Physics: an Introduction, Springer, latest version.

4. P. Bhattacharya, Semiconductor Optoelectronics Devices, Prentice Hall, latest version.

5. Others readings to be suggested by course instructors.


Course Format

One evening lecture per week over the course of 12/13 weeks. Each lecture lasts for approximately 3 hours.



1. Continuous Assessment (E.g. Assignment, Presentation, Mid-term, etc.).

2. A two-hour final examination.

When offered

Second semester.


For BU RPg students, fill in the usual hardcopy form (Application for Course Add/Drop/Withdrawal).

For non-BU RPg students, fill in the usual hardcopy form (Application for Cross-institutional Course/Subject Enrolment for Research Postgraduate Students).


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