Fall 2023





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

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); 8/27 L2.Time-harmonic fields and duality principle, Poynting's theorem (§5.1, §5.2);    


9/01 L3. Plane wave solutions (§5.3). Propagation in isotropic media (§5.4)     9/03 L4. Wave propagation in lossy media (§5.5)  HW1 due     


9/08 L5 Plane wave reflection from a surface. Brewster angle, critical angle (§5.6)     9/10 L6. Matrix optics(§5.7)  HW2 due     


9/15 L7. Propagation-matrix approach (§5.8)     9/17 L8. Multilayered and periodic media (§5.8,§5.9)  HW3 due       

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


10/01 L11. Polaroid and quarter-wave plate (§6.1).    


10/06 L12. Symmetric dielectric waveguides TE modes (§7.1)    

10/08 L13. Propagation constant and effective index, Optical confinement factor (§7.1)  HW5 due     


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


10/20 L16. Surface plasmon waveguides (§7.7)     10/22 L17 Waveguide couplers (§8.1)  HW7 due     


10/27 L18. Coupled optical waveguides (§8.2)     10/29 L19. Applications of optical waveguide couplers (§8.3)  HW8 due   
11/04 Midterm Exam 2


11/05 L20. Optical ring resonators and add-drop filters (§8.4)    


11/10 L21. Optical fibers, numerical aperture (Class notes)     11/12 L22. Attenuation in optical fibers (Class notes)  HW9 due         

11/17 L23. Signal distortion in optical waveguides, group delay, dispersions (Class notes)     11/19 L24. Electro-optical effects and Amplitude modulators (§13.1)  HW10 due   
11/24 Thanksgiving Break
11/26 Thanksgiving Break
12/01 L25. Transverse amplitude modulator (§13.1)      

12/03 L26. Phase modulators (§13.2)


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


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, 2023
Exam II Tuesday, November 03, 2023
Final Exam December 14, 2023, 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