The following classes are taught by Dr. Kostuk:

ECE/OPTI 527 -- Holography and Diffractive Optics  (3 units)
Description:  This course describes the nature of holographic and lithographically formed diffraction gratings and the tools nessary for their design and analysis. Course topics include a description of the interference and Fouriour relations that determin the amplitude of diffracted fields, analysis of volume gratings, properties of holographic recording materials, computer generated holograms, binary gratings, analysis of applications of holography including data storage, fater Bragg gratings, polarization control elements, and associative memories.
Prerequisite(s):  OPTI 502, OPTI 505 or ECE 459/559.
OPTI is home department.
Usually offered:  Fall

ECE 414A/514A -- Photovoltaic Solar Energy Systems  (3 units)

This course is intended to provide an introduction to the theory and operation of different types of photovoltaic devices, the characteristics of solar illumination, and the advantages and characteristics of concentrating and light management optics. The physical limits on photovoltaic cell performance and practical device operation will be analyzed. The main device emphasis will focus on different types of silicon photovoltaics including crystalline, amorphous, multi-crystalline, and thin film solar cells. An overview of other types of photovoltaic cells including multi-junction III-V, CdTe, CuInSe2, and organics will also be given. A discussion of radiometric and spectral properties of solar illumination will be presented and the impact of these factors on solar cell design will be explored. Techniques for increasing the performance of solar cells by light trapping, photon recycling, and anti-reflection coatings will be covered. The design and operation of imaging and non-imaging concentrators will also be discussed. Basic experiments related to PV cell measurements and the optical properties of concentrators are also planned for the course.

Usually offered:  Spring.

ECE/OPTI 430/530 -- Optical Communication Systems  (3 units)
Description:  Physics of optical communication components and applications to communication systems. Topics include fiber attenuation and dispersion, laser modulation, photo detection and noise, receiver design, bit error rate calculations, and coherent communications. Graduate-level requirements include additional homework and a term paper.
Usually offered:  Fall.

ECE 456/556 -- Optoelectronics  (3 units)
Description:  Properties and applications of optoelectronic devices and systems. Topics include radiation sources, detectors and detector circuits, fiber optics, and electro-optical components. Graduate-level requirements include additional homework and a term project.
May be convened with:  ECE 456.
Usually offered:  Spring.

ECE/OPTI 487/587 -- Fiber Optics Laboratory  (3 units)
Description:  Fiber characteristics; fiber preparation; single and multimode fibers; sources; coupling; communication systems; multiplexing techniques; fiber-optic sensors. Graduate-level requirements include performance of a more advanced set of experiments and demonstration of a deeper knowledge of the subject.
OPTI is home department.
Usually offered:  Spring.