The course of Optoelectronics intends to give the necessary tools to master students in materials engineering and micro and nanotecnologies engineering on how to select  materials for optoelectronics, the form of the design and manufacture of devices and their integration in more complex systems. Will focus, therefore, an approach markedly applied, always attempting to ensure the identification of subjects with real physical systems, so that the average student is able to easily identify possible technological applications.

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Responsible teacher

Luís Miguel Nunes Pereira


Weekly - 5

Total - 80

Teaching language



Basic knowledge of Electromagnetism, differential Calculus, semiconductor Materials; Microelectronics.


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Teaching method

Teaching discipline breaks down by theoretical and practical classes and laboratory sessions. In addition, there is tutorial teaching, provided accompaniment of students, subject to assessment, by oral discussion.

Evaluation method

2 tests
  • 1st test - week 6
  • 2nd test - week 13 
Group work on laboratories
  • Delivery 15 after the last class
  • Commented  ppt or video + report (data treatment)
2 questionnaires on laboratory work
  • 1st questionnaire - week 10 
  • 2nd questionnaire - week 14


  • approval in the practical component (average> 9.5V)

Final score

  • Average score of the tests or exam > 9.5V
  • 50% theoretical component (or exam score) + 50%  practical component

Subject matter

Importance and historical background of optoelectronics
Fundamental concepts and laws on optics and optoelectronics
Optical noise. Fotodetectors I
Fotodetectors II
Pn junction: application to LEDs and Lasers
Optical fibers and waveguides
Communication with optical fibers
Plasmonics. Metamaterials
Photonic crystals
Biophotonics (microscopy and applications)

Problems about fundamental concepts and laws on optics and optoelectronics

Problems about photodiodes

Lab – Characterization of a-Si and c-Si photodiodes

Problems about LEDs

Lab – Characterization of commercial inorganic LEDs

Lab – Production of an OLEDs

Problems about photodetectors lasers

Problems about optical fibers and waveguides

Lab – Optical fibers: dispersion, TIR and modes

Lab – Plasmonics (production and characterization of Ag nanoparticles)

Lab – Confocal and fluorescence microscopy