24-627  Nanophotonics : Fundamentals and Applications (12 units)

 

This course introduces basic concepts and applications of nanophotonics, aiming at a fundamental understanding of principles for manipulating lights at the nanoscale. Topics include fundamentals of electromagnetics (Maxwell’s equations, polarization, dipole antenna, etc.), optical properties of solids, localized and propagating surface plasmons, nanoscale thermal radiation by surface phonon polaritons, electromagnetic metamaterials with negative refraction, photonic crystals and band gap, with their applications in nanotechnologies. 4 hours lecture.

 

 

 

24-622 Direct Solar and Thermal Energy Conversion (12 units)

 

This course introduces principles and technologies for directly converting heat and solar light into electricity using solid-state devices. The first part of the course reviews the fundamentals of quantum mechanics, solid state physics and semiconductor device physics for understanding solid-state energy conversion. The second part discusses the underlying principles of thermoelectric energy conversion, thermionic energy conversion, and photovoltaics. Various solar thermal technologies will be reviewed, following by an introduction to the principles of solar thermophotovoltaics and solar thermoelectrics. Spectral control techniques which are critical for solar thermal systems will also be discussed.4 hours lecture.

 

 

 

24-321 Thermal Fluids Experimentation and Design (12 units, Co-teach with Prof. Yoed Rabin)

 

This is a capstone course for the thermal-fluids core-course sequence. This course is comprised of two elements: experimentation and design. The experimental experience covers techniques of measurement, uncertainty analysis, and realization of systems, which demonstrate fundamental principles in thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer. The practice of designing a thermal system is also integrated into this course. 4 hours lecure/lab. Pre-requisites: 24-221 (Thermodynamics I), 24-231 (Fluid Mechanics), 24-322 (Heat Transfer)

 

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