Optoelectronics Laboratory Course

Short description

Optoelectronics is the key technology for applications like data communication over optical fibers or optical data storage on CD, DVD, or Blu-ray Disk. Besides long-distance data communication and local area networks, this technology is already heavily applied in data centers (e.g., operated by Google) and supercomputers. It will gain significant importance even for very-short-distance communications on circuit boards and multi-chip modules.
This lab course provides excellent opportunities to the participants to look into the fascinating microscopic world of laser diodes, optical waveguides, photodetectors, and optical data transmission systems. The lab course consists of six half-day experiments which are explained in detailed manuals in English language. In order to prepare these experiments, the students are requested to study these manuals in-depth. It is absolutelky required that the students have knowledge from the courses "Einführung in die Optoelektronik" or "Optical Communications".

With its focus on optical data communications and their components, this lab course is a perfect complement for students of the master program "Electrical Engineering" with focus on communication technology, hence it is also offered for students of the master program "Communication and Information Technology".

List of Experiments

  • Light propagation and coupling
  • Optical fiber characterization
  • Photodiodes
  • Semiconductor lasers
  • Erbium-doped fiber amplifier
  • Optical data transmission

Depending on the preference of the individual groups, the discussions will be either in German or English.


Protocols have to be written only for the experiments Optical fiber characterization and Optical data transmission. For all other experiments, the data evaluation and discussion of results will be done on-site in the lab after the experimental parts. No additional homework is then required. 


Ferdinand Scholz
Institut für Funktionelle Nanosysteme
Albert-Einstein-Allee 45
89081 Ulm
Room: 45.4.204
Tel: (0731) 50-26052

Rainer Michalzik
Institut für Funktionelle Nanosysteme
Albert-Einstein-Allee 45
89081 Ulm
Room: 45.2.234
Tel: (0731) 50-26048

Dates, location

Wednesday 13:30-18:00 h or
Thursday 13:30-18:00 h or
Friday  13:30-18:00 h
Room 45.1.102

First meeting:
Thu April 29, 2021 at 15:30h 
Zoom Meeting in our Moodle Course "Laboratory Optoelectronics".
Please register in this Moodle Course until Sunday April 25, 2021.


English / German

Hours per week

4 P / 5 CP

Course ID

ENGF 8007, ENGFN 70444