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Introduction to Fiber Optics

An elective course in the Certificate Program Optical Engineering and Optical Instrument Design.

Course Description

This course will introduce the properties of light, characteristics and control of LEDs (light-emitting diodes) and lasers, fabrication of optical fiber, the 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, photodetectors, and receivers for digital and analog applications. The 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.

"Laser Light Press book soft cover revised 2015 is the same as the Pearson hardcover 5th edition and students can purchase either textbook option".

  • Details
  • $770
  • January 08, 2024 to March 17, 2024
  • Delivery Mode: Online
  • Reg#: 00227
  • ID/Units: EECS X493.56  (3.00)
    ( Section 1 )
  • Quarter: WINTER 2024


Dr. Yu Bibby is the Sr. Technology Analyst at Techcet Group. She has more than two decade of experience in optical engineering. Her expertise includes fiber optics and fiber optical sensors, optical/electro-optic components/systems design, and optical system modeling with emphasis on IR imaging technology, optical information processing, metrology, machine vision, non-destructive testing, holographic memory, bio-photonic sensors, diffraction gratings, thin film technology and nanotechnology. She has a unique multi-disciplinary background in optical engineering, physics, corporate technology training, intellectual property and university teaching. Before working in industry, she taught many years of physics and optical engineering at universities. She has over 10 publications, 3 issued and published patents and received two Outstanding Faculty Awards

Textbook Information

Textbooks for your course may be purchased from any vendor or bookseller of your choice.

Required Textbook(s):

Book - ISBN: 9780131174290

Optional Textbook(s):

Practical Fiber Optics
Book - ISBN: 9780750658003
Bailey, David, 1 ed, Newnes

Fiber Optics Handbook for Engineers and Scientists
Book - ISBN: 9780070010130
Allard, Frederick

Meeting Schedule

EventDateDayStart TimeEnd TimeLocationRoom
START01/08/2024Monday------Online (Access Begins)---
OL-LEC01/10/2024Wednesday6:00 PM7:00 PMZoom---
OL-LEC01/17/2024Wednesday6:00 PM7:00 PMZoom---
OL-LEC01/24/2024Wednesday6:00 PM7:00 PMZoom---
OL-LEC01/31/2024Wednesday6:00 PM7:00 PMZoom---
OL-LEC02/07/2024Wednesday6:00 PM7:00 PMZoom---
OL-LEC02/14/2024Wednesday6:00 PM7:00 PMZoom---
OL-LEC02/21/2024Wednesday6:00 PM7:00 PMZoom---
OL-LEC02/28/2024Wednesday6:00 PM7:00 PMZoom---
OL-LEC03/06/2024Wednesday6:00 PM7:00 PMZoom---
OL-LEC03/13/2024Wednesday6:00 PM7:00 PMZoom---
END03/17/2024Sunday------Online (Access Ends)---