Topic outline

  • General description

    The objective of this course is to introduce the student to the fundamental principles of optical fiber communication, and to discuss the importance of this type of communication system. Optical fibers that support single and multimode transmission. Various dispersion mechanisms and signal attenuation causes are covered. The student will learn how fiber is made and also learns about the functions of passive and active optical devices, especially coherent (LASER) and incoherent (LED) optical sources and PIN and APD (avalanche photodiode) optical receivers and various noise mechanisms. The course will cover fiber communication system design and a variety of optical networking aspects and operational principles. This course introduces also the student to the technics used to link fibers to devices and to others fibers. Future technology used to improve the quality of optical fiber communication system are quickly described.