Optoelectronics Laboratory Course

Short description

Optoelectronics is the key technology for applications like data communication over glass 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. Google data centers) and super computers. It will gain significant importance even for very short distance communications on circuit boards and in computer chips.
This lab course provides excellent opportunities to the participants to look into the fascinating microscopic world of laser diodes, optical wave guides, photo detectors, and optical data transmission systems. The lab course consists of seven 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 lectures "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 course "Electrical Engineering" with focus on communications technology, hence it is also offered for students of the master course "Communications Technology".

List of Experiments

  1. Light propagation and coupling
  2. Optical fiber characterization
  3. Photodiodes
  4. Semiconductor lasers
  5. Tunable laser diodes
  6. Erbium-doped fiber amplifier
  7. Optical data transmission

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


Protocols have to be written only for the experiments 2, 5 und 7. 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

This lab course will be offered in WS 2020/2021.

Please register in the Moodle course "Lab - Optoelectronics".

Dead-Line: Sunday November 8, 2020.

Dates for experiments:

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 Nov. 12, 2020 at 15:30h (BBB Meeting)


English / German

Hours per week

4 P / 5 CP

Course ID

ENGF 6007


Markus Miller
Jan-Patrick Scholz
Jassim Bin Shahbaz