Fall 2019






Time Room Instructor Office Hours Office
12:30-1:50pm, Tue Thur 3015 ECEB Yurii Vlasov (yvlasov@illinois.edu) Tue 2:30 PM or by appointment 1250 MNTL

Grader/TA TBD (tbd@illinois.edu)

Textbook: S.L.Chuang, Physics of Photonic Devices, 2nd Edition, Wiley, New York, 2009.

Supplementary Text (not required) B.E.A.Saleh and M.C.Teich, Fundamentals of Photonics, 2nd ed., Wiley, New York, 2007.

Tuesday (12:30 - 13:50) ECEB 3015

Thursday (12:30 - 13:50) ECEB 3015

8/27 L1.Introduction, Maxwell's equations. Boundary conditions (§2.1); Notes; 8/29 L2.Time-harmonic fields and duality principle, Poynting's theorem (§5.1, §5.2); Notes;  Slides; 

HW1 assignment  HW1 solutions 

9/03 L3. Plane wave solutions (§5.3). Propagation in isotropic media (§5.4) Slides;  Notes;  9/05 L4. Wave propagation in lossy media (§5.5)  HW1 due  Slides;  Notes; 

HW2 assignment 

9/10 L5 Plane wave reflection from a surface. Brewster angle, critical angle (§5.6) Notes;  Slides;  9/12 L6. Matrix optics(§5.7)  HW2 due  Notes;  Slides; 

HW3 assignment 

9/17 L7. Propagation-matrix approach (§5.8) 9/20 L8. Multilayered and periodic media (§5.8,§5.9)  HW3 due 
9/24 L9. Light propagation in uniaxial media (§6.1) 9/26 L10. Ordinary and extraordinary waves (§6.1)  HW4 due 
10/01 Midterm Exam I 10/03 L11. Polaroid and quarter-wave plate (§6.1).

10/08 L12. Symmetric dielectric waveguides TE modes (§7.1)

10/10 L13. Propagation constant and effective index, Optical confinement factor (§7.1)  HW5 due 
10/15 L14. TM modes, Cutoff conditions, dispersion relation (§7.1) 10/17 L15. Asymmetric dielectric waveguides (§7.2), Ray optics approach (§7.3)  HW6 due 
10/22 L16. Surface plasmon waveguides (§7.7) 10/24 L17 Waveguide couplers (§8.1)  HW7 due 
10/29 L18. Coupled optical waveguides (§8.2) 10/31 L19. Applications of optical waveguide couplers (§8.3)  HW8 due 
11/05 Midterm Exam 2 11/07 L20. Optical ring resonators and add-drop filters (§8.4)
11/12 L21. Optical fibers, numerical aperture (Class notes) 11/14 L22. Attenuation in optical fibers (Class notes)  HW9 due 
11/19 Thanksgiving Break 11/22 Thanksgiving Break
11/26 L23. Signal distortion in optical waveguides, group delay, dispersions (Class notes) 11/28 L24. Electro-optical effects and Amplitude modulators (§13.1)  HW10 due 
12/03 L25. Transverse amplitude modulator (§13.1) 12/05 L26. Phase modulators (§13.2)
12/10 L27. Electro-optical effects in waveguide devices (§13.3) 12/12 Reading day (no class)
12/16 MONDAY FINAL EXAM 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM


Unless specified otherwise, homework will be assigned weekly on Thursdays on-line on this web page and collected a week later next Thursday in class. No late homework will be accepted (except when special permission is granted by your instructor before the due date).


Two midsemester exams (in class) and the final exam are scheduled as follows

Exam I Thursday, September 26, 2019
Exam II Tuesday, November 5, 2019
Final Exam 8:00am-11:00am December 16, 2019


Homework and Class Participation 25% of total
Midterm Exam I 25% of total
Midterm Exam II 25% of total
Final Exam 25% of total