Fall 2020



 Media Space Channel ECE 452 (videos of all lectures)






Time Instructor Office Hours Meet online
12:30-1:50pm, Tue Thur Yurii Vlasov (yvlasov@illinois.edu) Tuesday 10:00 AM or by appointment Zoom

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

8/25 L1.Introduction, Maxwell's equations. Boundary conditions (§2.1); Lecture 1 video;  Notes; 8/27 L2.Time-harmonic fields and duality principle, Poynting's theorem (§5.1, §5.2); Lecture 2 video;  Slides;  Notes; 

HW1 assignment  HW1 solutions 

9/01 L3. Plane wave solutions (§5.3). Propagation in isotropic media (§5.4) Slides;  Notes;  Lecture 3 video;  9/03 L4. Wave propagation in lossy media (§5.5)  HW1 due  Slides;  Notes;  Lecture 4 video; 

HW2 assignment  HW2 solutions 

9/08 L5 Plane wave reflection from a surface. Brewster angle, critical angle (§5.6) Lecture 5 video;  Notes;  Slides;  9/10 L6. Matrix optics(§5.7)  HW2 due  Lecture 6 video;  Notes;  Slides; 

HW3 assignment  HW3 solutions 

9/15 L7. Propagation-matrix approach (§5.8) Lecture 7 video;  Slides;  Notes;  9/17 L8. Multilayered and periodic media (§5.8,§5.9)  HW3 due  Lecture 8 video;  Slides;  Notes;  HW4 assignment  HW4 solutions 

9/22 L9. Light propagation in uniaxial media (§6.1) Lecture 9 video;  Notes;  Slides;  9/24 L10. Ordinary and extraordinary waves (§6.1)  HW4 due  Lecture 10 video;  Notes;  Slides; 
9/29 Midterm Exam I

Take Home Exam 1  due on Monday, Oct 1, 12:30pm

Exam1 solutions (corrected) 

10/01 L11. Polaroid and quarter-wave plate (§6.1). Lecture 11 video;  Notes;  Slides; 

HW5 assignment  HW5 solutions 

10/06 L12. Symmetric dielectric waveguides TE modes (§7.1) Lecture 12 video;  Notes;  Slides; 

10/08 L13. Propagation constant and effective index, Optical confinement factor (§7.1)  HW5 due  Notes;  Lecture 13 video;  Slides; 

HW6 assignment  HW6 solutions 

10/13 L14. TM modes, Cutoff conditions, dispersion relation (§7.1) Lecture 14 video;  Notes;  10/15 L15. Asymmetric dielectric waveguides (§7.2), Ray optics approach (§7.3)  HW6 due  Lecture 15 video;  Notes; 

HW7 assignment  HW7 solutions 

10/20 L16. Surface plasmon waveguides (§7.7) Lecture 16 video;  Notes;  Slides;  10/22 L17 Waveguide couplers (§8.1)  HW7 due  Lecture 17 video;  Notes;  Slides; 

HW8 assignment  HW8 solutions 

10/27 L18. Coupled optical waveguides (§8.2) Lecture 18 video;  Slides;  Notes;  10/29 L19. Applications of optical waveguide couplers (§8.3)  HW8 due  Lecture 19 video;  Notes; 
11/04 Midterm Exam 2

Take Home Exam 2  due on Nov 05 in class Exam2 solutions 

11/05 L20. Optical ring resonators and add-drop filters (§8.4) Lecture 20 video;  Slides;  Notes; 

HW9 assignment  HW9 solutions 

11/10 L21. Optical fibers, numerical aperture (Class notes) Lecture 21 video;  Slides;  Notes;  11/12 L22. Attenuation in optical fibers (Class notes)  HW9 due  Lecture 22 video;  Notes;  Slides;  HW10 assignment  HW10 solutions 

11/17 L23. Signal distortion in optical waveguides, group delay, dispersions (Class notes) Lecture 23 video;  Notes;  Slides;  11/19 L24. Electro-optical effects and Amplitude modulators (§13.1) Lecture 24 video;   HW10 due  Notes; 
11/24 Thanksgiving Break 11/26 Thanksgiving Break
12/01 L25. Transverse amplitude modulator (§13.1) Lecture 25 video;  Notes;  HW11 assignment  12/03 L26. Phase modulators (§13.2) Lecture 26 video; 


12/08 L27. Electro-optical effects in waveguide devices (§13.3) Slides  Lecture 27 video;   HW11 due  12/10 Reading day (no class)
FINAL EXAM WEEK Monday , December 14, 8:00AM - 11:30AM CST Final Exam 


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 Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Exam II Tuesday, November 03, 2020
Final Exam December 14, 2020, 8:00AM-11:30AM CST


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