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 utilizes Zoom for weekly live online synchronous meetings. These sessions make up the lab portion of the course, where you will be provided with optical design software license information. The sessions will be recorded and posted for students who are not able to attend, watching the recording is mandatory. The Zoom meeting link and password to join will be provided in your course. Students will need to have access to the internet, have speakers and a microphone to participate. The following student guide provides additional resources/information on how to use and access your courses Zoom sessions.