This course will introduce the properties of light, characteristics and control of LEDs (light emitting diodes) and lasers, fabrication of optical fiber, transmission of information via light, and fiber-optic transmission networks. Learn about a working knowledge of fiber optics and photonics, measurement and testing, and their applications in modern optical systems. Topics emphasize devices, system analysis and design, including internal and external laser modulation, light coupling to fiber, fiber waveguide dispersion, attenuation and scattering phenomena, connectors, couplers, splitters, amplifiers, photo detectors, and receivers for digital and analog applications. Class will analyze and design a fiber optic link.
Prerequisites: Mathematics through college algebra and trigonometry, college physics helpful, Geometrical Optics (EECS X496.51) and Physical Optics (EECS X496.52) would be helpful. Other technical training in chemistry or engineering would benefit.
NOTE: This course is an online course, utilizing Zoom Meeting for weekly live online synchronous meetings. The sessions are one-hour synchronous discussions each week and will be recorded for those who cannot participate in the live sessions due to time conflicts. For those whose time zone may conflict with the scheduled ZOOM sessions please let the instructor know on day one of class. A computer connected to internet, speakers, and a microphone are required for these sessions.