Optoelectronics is a field that combines optical and electronic devices for applications such as communications (like fiberoptics), sensing (like optical scanners), and displays (like handheld, touch sensitive computers).


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Electrical Engineering students at Western have the opportunity to work with state-of-the-art equipment in the cutting-edge field of optoelectronics.  In the optoelectronics laboratory, capabilities include analyzing the polarization dependence of optoelectronic devices, measuring the spectral characteristics of tunable lasers with sub-picometer resolution, and testing the bit error ratio at transmission rates up to 12.5 Gb/s.

The optoelectronics laboratory is an important component of the Center for Rapid Product Realization. In addition, our collaboration in the Carolina MicroOptics Triangle brings together

  • Photonic materials
  • Component design
  • Optoelectronic testing and prototyping
  • Optoelectronic technology for the key markets of the Carolinas

Newport RS2000 and RS4000 Optical Tables

Agilent 8164 Light Wave Measurement System

Agilent 81910A Photonic All-Parameter Analyzer

Agilent Infinium DCA 86100A Wide-Bandwidth Oscilloscope

Agilent 83453A High-Resolution Spectrometer

FSM-40PM Arc Fusion Splicer

Signal Generation and Measurement     


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