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OSE6143 - Fiber Optics Communication

Use of fiber optics as a communication channel. Principles of fiber optics, Mode theory, transmitters, modulators, sensors, detectors, and demodulators. As of Spring 2008 this course replaced OSE5143.

OSE 6143 Fiber-Optic Communication is a system-oriented course that emphasize end-to-end performance. End-to-end means starting from electrical signals at the transmitter and end up with electrical signals at the receiver. All signals are analog in the physical domain but most often are digital in the logical domain. These physical analog signals start in the electrical format, manifest themselves as optical signals in transmission, and are converted back into electrical signals. As a result, this course requires knowledge in both electrical engineering and optics.


Part I: Introduction: Networks-where optical communication fits

Part II: Loss-Limited Optical Transmission

  • Sensitivity Limits for Direct Detection
  • Optical Amplifiers
  • Sensitivity Limits for Preamplified Direct Detection

Part III: Dispersion-Limited Optical Transmission

  • Dispersion Penalties
  • Dispersion Compensation

Part IV: Advanced Modulation Formats

  • Differential Detection
  • Coherent Detection

Part V: Long-Haul Optical Transmission

  • Linear Noise Limit
  • Nonlinearity Limit

Part VI: Multi-Channel Transmission (WDM)

  • Components for WDM
  • Nonlinearities in WDM Transmission
  • Part VII: Advanced Topics
  • Wavelength l-Conversion
  • Optical Regeneration
  • Optical Switching

Pre-requisites: Graduate Standing, and OSE 6111 and OSE 6474, or Consent of Instructor

                         Fundamentals of Photonics or equivalent; Nonlinear Optics a plus.