While 20th-century technology was defined by the growth of electronics, the 21st century belongs to photonics. LEDs will light households powered by photovoltaic panels and filled with displays and cameras communicating by optical fiber to distant owners wearing virtual reality glasses. Laser 3D printing will transform manufacturing. New microscopes and telescopes will peer into the depths of living cells and distant galaxies. Photonics graduates will command skills in design, fabrication and laboratory practice to place them at the forefront of these industries and many more not yet invented.
Photonics is the electrical engineering sub-discipline concerned with the generation, modulation, radiative or guided transmission, sensing and detection of optical-frequency signals. Application areas include optical telecommunications, medical instrumentation, photovoltaic power generation, quantum information processing, optical instruments and environmental sensing. While some of these industries are mature, photonics continues to rapidly grow into new industries such as LED lighting and on-chip silicon photonics for multi-core CPUs.
Photonics courses at CU Boulder engage high-caliber students from around the world. The courses typically run at a fast pace, often involving a mixture of fundamental theory, design in relevant industry standard CAD tools and individual projects.
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Admission to the Graduate School is not required for students pursuing the certificate.
Graduate students pursuing a photonics certificate are not required to matriculate into the program sub-plan through a master's degree, although degree-seeking students enrolled in the program will be given course registration priority.
Certificate credit hours may be applied towards a full master’s degree, provided the student is admitted to the Graduate School. However, credit hours may not count towards both a BS and a master’s degree.
Nine credit hours of graduate-level coursework, made up of any three of the six core photonics courses, will be required to complete the certificate program. Students must earn at least a B in each course and a minimum GPA of 3.0 is required to remain in good academic standing.
|Photonics Core Courses|
|ECEN 5616||Optoelectric System Design||3|
|ECEN 5606||Optics Laboratory||3|
|ECEN 5156||Physical Optics||3|
|ECEN 5696||Fourier Optics||3|
|ECEN 5626||Active Optical Devices||3|
|ECEN 5345||Introduction to Solid State Physics||3|