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 a wider branch of physics that concerns all interactions between light and electric fields, whether or not they form part of an electronic device.
- Photoelectric or photovoltaic effect, used in:
- Photoconductivity, used in:
- Stimulated emission, used in:
- Lossev effect, or radiative recombination, used in:
- Photoemissivity, used in
Important applications of optoelectronics include: