EECS 285B Lasers and Photonics (2017-2018)

EECS 285B Lasers and Photonics

(Not required for any major.)
Catalog Data:

EECS 285B Lasers and Photonics (Credit Units: 4) Covers the fundamentals of lasers and applications, including Gaussian beam propagation, interaction of optical radiation with matters, and concepts of optical gain and feedback. Applications are drawn from diverse fields of optical communication, signal processing, and material diagnosis. (Design units: 0)

Required Textbook:
Recommended Textbook:


Kumar H. Wickramasinghe
Relationship to Student Outcomes
No student outcomes specified.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:
Prerequisites by Topic
Lecture Topics:
  • Plane wave propagation, focusing optics, lenses
  • Historical evolution of microscopy from optical to e-beam, acoustic and near-field
  • Laws of diffraction, spatial frequencies, near field and far field
  • Scanning Tunneling Microscope (STM) and Atomic Force Microscope (AFM)
  • Magnetic Force Microscope (EFM) and Kelvin Probe Force Microscope (KPFM)
  • Scanning Thermal Microscope (SThM) and its applications
  • Near-Field Scanning Optical Microscope (NSOM)
Class Schedule:

Meets for 3 hours of lecture each week for 10 weeks.

Computer Usage:


Laboratory Projects:


Professional Component
Design Content Description
Laboratory Portion:
Grading Criteria:
  • Class Participation/pop quizzes 10%
  • Midterm Exam 30%
  • Final Exam
  • Project Class Presentation 25%
  • Project Report 35%
  • Total 100%
Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 0.0 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Science: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 0.0 credit units

February 22, 2017
Senate Approved:
February 2, 2012
Approved Effective:
2012 Fall Qtr