Fiber-Optic Communications

EC ENGR X 422.21

This course offers an introduction to fiber-optic communication systems and offers practical tools to reinforce understanding and design of these systems.

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What you can learn.

  • Gain an overall understanding of fiberoptic communication systems and utilize practical tools to reinforce understanding and design on a broad range of these systems
  • Recognize the physical features of the components and utilize analytical tools to design both analog and digital optical links
  • Assess the design trade-offs in the practical implementation of these systems
  • Apply analysis on propagation in single and multimode fibers, intermodal dispersion in multimode fibers, chromatic and waveguide dispersion in fibers, polarization-mode dispersion, and dispersion compensation
  • Recognize concepts in optical transmitters, such as LEDs, DFB lasers, and VCSELs
  • Analyse semiconductor lasers focusing on characteristics such as the modulation bandwidth, chirping, RIN noise, and phase noise
  • Gain an understanding of optical detectors (PIN, APD) and optical modulators based on electro-optic, and electro-absorption effects, optical amplifiers, such as EDFAs and semiconductor optical amplifiers (SOAs)
  • Design analog and digital optical links, DWDM systems, CATV systems, submarine fiber system, and practice applications of nonlinearities in optical fibers and optical switches

About this course:

This course offers an introduction to fiber-optic communication systems while developing practical tools to understand and design these systems. Instruction presents a broad range of topics in optical communications with emphasis on providing a practical perspective of these systems. Physical understanding of the components, along with the analytical tools learned during the course, prepare students for designing both analog and digital optical links. Students learn design trade-offs in the practical implementation of these systems. The course covers propagation in single and multimode fibers, intermodal dispersion in multimode fibers, chromatic and waveguide dispersion in fibers, polarization-mode dispersion, and dispersion compensation techniques. Additional topics include optical transmitters, such as LEDs, DFB lasers, and VCSELs; analysis of semiconductor lasers with an emphasis on such characteristics as the modulation bandwidth, chirping, RIN noise, and phase noise. Students also gain an understanding of optical detectors (PIN, APD) and optical modulators based on electro-optic, and electro-absorption effects; optical amplifiers, such as EDFAs and semiconductor optical amplifiers (SOAs); design of analog and digital optical links; DWDM systems; CATV systems; submarine fiber systems; applications of nonlinearities in optical fibers; and optical switches.

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