Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

6.637 Optical Signals, Devices and Systems
Fall Term 2017

6.637 covers the fundamentals of optical signals and modern optical devices and systems from a practical point of view. Its goal is to help the student develop a thorough understanding of the underlying physical principles such that device and system design and performance can be predicted, analyzed, and understood.

Most optical systems involve the use of one or more of the following: sources (e.g., lasers and light-emitting diodes), light modulation components (e.g., electro-optic-crystal and MEMS light modulators), transmission media (e.g., free space or fibers), photodetectors (e.g., photodiodes, photomultiplier tubes), information storage devices (e.g., optical disk), information processing systems (e.g., imaging and spatial filtering systems) and displays (e.g., liquid-crystal-on-silicon microdisplays). These are among the topics covered by this course.


Room 34-304, TR 2:30-4:00pm


The prerequisite is 6.003. Exceptions can be made by the Lecturer


Feel free to contact either the lecturer, Prof. Cardinal Warde for more information (MIT students only please).

Lecturer: Prof. Cardinal Warde
Room 13-3102
Extension 3-6858
Laboratory Instructor: Christos Samolis
Room 13-3102
Extension 3-4623
Course Secretary:

Josephina Lee

Optics lab: Room 38-633
Phone: x3-4619
  (Note: We share the lab phone with 6.115, 6.003, and 6.002)


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