The branch of physics that deals with the interaction of light with electronic devices, or the production of light from such devices
Optoelectronics is the study and application of electronic devices that source, detect and control light, usually considered a sub-field of photonics. In this context, light often includes invisible forms of radiation such as gamma rays, X-rays, ultraviolet and infrared, in addition to visible light. Optoelectronic devices are electrical-to-optical or optical-to-electrical transducers, or instruments that use such devices in their operation. Electro-optics is often erroneously used as a synonym, but is in fact a wider branch of physics that deals with all interactions between light and electric fields, whether or not they form part of an electronic device. Optoelectronics is based on the quantum mechanical effects of light on electronic materials, especially semiconductors, sometimes in the presence of electric fields. ⁕Photoelectric or photovoltaic effect, used in: ⁕photodiodes ⁕phototransistors ⁕photomultipliers ⁕integrated optical circuit elements ⁕Photoconductivity, used in: ⁕photoresistors ⁕photoconductive camera tubes ⁕charge-coupled imaging devices ⁕Stimulated emission, used in: ⁕injection laser diodes ⁕quantum cascade lasers ⁕Lossev effect, or radiative recombination, used in:light-emitting diodes or LED
The numerical value of optoelectronics in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of optoelectronics in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
We are excited about the fact that these simple ideas and schemes provide immediate paths to broad and previously inaccessible classes of 3D micro- and nano-structures in a way that is compatible with the highest-performance materials and processing techniques available, we feel that the findings have potential relevance to a wide range of microsystems technologies biomedical devices, optoelectronics, photovoltaics, 3D circuits, sensors and so on.
Images & Illustrations of optoelectronics
Translations for optoelectronics
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
Get even more translations for optoelectronics »
Find a translation for the optoelectronics definition in other languages:
Select another language:
Discuss these optoelectronics definitions with the community:
Word of the Day
Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?
Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:
"optoelectronics." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2017. Web. 22 Sep. 2017. <http://www.definitions.net/definition/optoelectronics>.