"Silicon Photonics short course by Professor Dr. Sajan Saini, City University of New York."
Lectures delivered in Department of Physics, University of Pune(August 11-13,16,17, 2010)
This short course provides an introduction to the core physics and materials science principles relevant to present-day research into silicon photonic materials and devices. The course begins with an overview of optical communications and charts the birth of micron-scale photonics from the meeting of the fiber optics and integrated circuit industries. The fundamental physics of light confinement, carrier generation and conduction are reviewed, followed by a detailed review of key passive and active devices. Applications in photovoltaics and bio-sensors are briefly reviewed as emergent research activities. The course concludes with an introduction to photovoltaics and an overview of emergent photonic activities for third generation solar cells.