ECE Focus Area: Photonic Systems (Electrical)

Prisim. Laboratory photo. Optical NOT gate.


Photonics systems engineers develop the devices, systems, and technologies used to implement modern telecommunications services. They also support research into new technologies aimed at extending the bandwidth of the world's optical networking infrastructure.

Depending on the courses selected, completion of photonics systems area coursework can provide additional understanding of topics in electromagnetics, quantum mechanics and electronics, solid state devices, telecommunications system design, and optical information processing.

Photonics systems engineers find employment in the telecommunications industry, semiconductor manufacturing, the instrumentation industry, the camera industry, and more generally, anywhere optics and technology intersect.

Students interested in the Photonics systems elective focus area are encouraged to consider the track and EFA course selection suggestions listed below when completing their plan of study form.

EFA Requirements Suggested Options
Track Electrical Track: standard curriculum
Breadth Elective
(select one)
055:036 (ECE:3360) Embedded Systems & Systems Software
Depth Elective
(select one)
055:170 (ECE:5700) Advanced Electromagnetic Theory
100-Level ECE
(select two)
       All depth electives listed above and
055:150 (ECE:5500) Communications Theory
055:178 (ECE:5780) Optical Signal Processing
055:179 (ECE:5790) Electro-optics
Technical Electives
(select three)
       All breadth, depth and 100-level ECE electives listed above and
29:140 (PHYS:3741) Intro. to Quantum Mechanics I
29:141 (PHYS:3742) Intro. to Quantum Mechanics II
29:193 (PHYS:4728) Intro. to Solid State Physics
22M:118 (MATH:4200) Complex Variables *
Additional Electives
(select two)
Any of the above OR courses selected in consultation with advisor.

     * A Mathematics minor can be earned by completing one qualifying Math course.

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