EECS 383 - Fiber-Optic Communications
CATALOG DESCRIPTION: Introduction to fiber-optic communications. Semiconductor diode lasers, internal modulation, electro-optic modulation, coherent and incoherent detection, optical fibers and their properties, optical amplifiers, communication systems, and optical networks.
REQUIRED TEXT: Govind P. Agrawal, Fiber-Optic Communication Systems, John Wiley & Sons, Third edition (2002)
COURSE GOALS: To introduce students to the field of fiber-optic communication.
DETAILED COURSE TOPICS:
- Communication link: overview
- Optical fiber characteristics: modes, loss, dispersion, nonlinearities
- Transmitters: directly modulated semiconductor lasers, external modulation
- Receivers: photodiodes, avalanche photodetectors
- System design and performance: bit-error rate, signal-to-noise ratio
- Optical amplifiers: Erbium-doped fiber amplifiers, Rmaan amplifiers
- Dispersion management and WDM systems
COMPUTER USAGE: Incidental use of MATLAB, Mathematica, or equivalent.
Homework will reinforce concepts learned in class.
- 30% Homework
- 20% Midterm
- 50% Final Exam
COURSE OBJECTIVES: When a student completes this course, he or she should be able to:
- Understand the functionality of each of the components that comprise a fiber-optic communication system: transmitter, fiber, amplifier, and receiver.
- Understand the properties of optical fiber that affect the performance of a communication link.
- Understand how semiconductor lasers work, and differentiate between direct modulation and external electro-optic modulation.
- Understand basic optical amplifier operation and its effect on signal power and noise in the system.
- Apply concepts listed above to the design of a basic communication link.
ABET CONTENT CATEGORY: 100% Engineering (Design component).