Massachusetts Institute of Technology Free Online Course on Optical Materials and Devices

Massachusetts Institute of Technology is offering free online course on Optical Materials and Devices. In this engineering course, you will learn about photodetectors, solar cells (photovoltaics), displays, light emitting diodes, lasers, optical fibers, optical communications, and photonic devices.

Over six-week course, applicants will learn about the optical properties of materials, including how LEDs, lasers, and solar cell devices are designed. This course will start on July 5, 2017.

Course At A Glance 

Length: 6 weeks
Effort: 8-12 hours pw
Subject: Engineering
Institution: Massachusetts Institute of Technology and edx
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes, Add a Verified Certificate for $49
Session: Course Starts on July 5, 2017

Providers’ Details

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About This Course

In this engineering course, you will learn about photodetectors, solar cells (photovoltaics), displays, light emitting diodes, lasers, optical fibers, optical communications, and photonic devices.

Why Take This Course?

This course is part of a three-part series, which explains the basis of the electrical, optical, and magnetic properties of materials including semiconductors, metals, organics, and insulators.

Learning Outcomes

  • The fundamental operating principles of photo devices
  • LED and heterojunction laser materials selection and design
  • Fundamentals of organic electronics and liquid crystal displays
  • An overview of photonic systems
  • Optical fibers: dispersion, losses, and design choices

Instructors

Caroline Ross

Caroline Ross is Toyota Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She received her undergraduate and PhD degrees from Cambridge University, UK, were a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard, and worked at Komag, a hard disk company, before joining MIT.

Requirements

  • Physics, calculus, and chemistry at the first year university level
  • Familiarity with materials structure and bonding
  • A background in solid state physics is helpful, but is not absolutely essential
  • 15.1x Electronic Materials and Devices

How To Join This Course

  • Go to the course website link
  • Create an edX account to SignUp
  • Choose “Register Now” to get started.
  • EdX offers honor code certificates of achievement, verified certificates of achievement, and XSeries certificates of achievement. Currently, verified certificates are only available in some courses.
  • Once applicant sign up for a course and activate their account, click on the Log In button on the edx.org homepage and type in their email address and edX password. This will take them to the dashboard, with access to each of their active courses. (Before a course begins, it will be listed on their dashboard but will not yet have a “view course” option.)

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