Semester Offering: January

To provide an understanding of optical fiber transmission techniques for the successful design and characterization of fiber-optic transmission systems and networks.


Introduction to Optical Fibers. Optical Fiber as Communications Channels. Electro?Optic Components. Digital Transmission over Optical Fibers. Optical Networks.


Consent of Instructor


I Introduction to Optical Fibers
1. Definitions and Principles of Operation
2. Fabrication Methods
3. Attenuation and Dispersion Characteristics
4. Examples of Cable Designs

II Optical Fibers as Communications Channels
1. Maxwell’s Equations and the Unguided Propagation of Radiation
2. Guided Propagation of Light in Planar Waveguides
3. Discretization of Propagation and the Formation of Modes
4. Guided Wave Propagation in Cylindrical Waveguides (Fibers)
5. Multimode Step-index and Graded Index fibers
6. Modal, Waveguide, and Material Dispersion
7. Single-Mode Fibers and their Transmission Characteristics
8. Measurement of Transmission Characteristics
9. Estimation of Channel Performance from Measured Parameters

III Electro?Optic Components
1. Absorption and Emission of Light in Direct and Indirect Band-Gap Materials
2. Light-Emitting Diodes (LED’s)
3. Detection of Light: PIN and Avalanche Photodiodes
4. Einstein’s Equations for Optically Active Materials
5. Single-Mode and Multimode Semiconductor Lasers
6. Semiconductor and Doped-Fiber Optical Amplifiers
7. WDM Multiplexers, De-Multiplexers, and Couplers
8. Connecting and Splicing Fibers and Pig-tailed Optical Devices

IV Digital Transmission over Optical Fibers
1. Signal Formats and Line Codes, Intensity Modulation and Direct Detection
2. Point-to-Point Link Design and the Power Budget
3. Repeater Spacing and Trade-offs: Bandwidth, Speed, Transmitted Power and Loss
4. Transmitter Design
5. Receiver Design
6. Designing a Point-to-Point System

V. Optical Networks
1. Ultra-High Capacity WDM and DWDM Networks
2. Degradations due to Non-linear Effects
3. All-Optical CDMA and TDMA Networks
4. Wireless Optical Networks
5. Future Pico-Cellular Radio-over-fiber Networks


1. Handling, Splicing, and Connection of Optical Fibers
2. Characterization of Fiber-Optic Systems
3. Characteristics of Laser and Light-Emitting Diodes
4. Optical Time-Domain Reflectometer and Fiber Characterization from One Endpoint
5. Spectral Behavior of Passive Optical Devices


Lecture Notes and Handouts


Sudhir Dixit (Ed.):
IP over WDM: Building the Next Generation Optical Internet, John Wiley, 2003, 500 pp.
Ivan P. Kaminow, Tingye Li (Eds.):
Optical Fiber Telecommunications IV-A: Components, Academic Press, 4th edition, 2002, 900 pp.
Ivan P. Kaminow, Tingye Li (Eds.):
Optical Fiber Telecommunications IV-B: Systems and Impairments, Academic Press, 4th Edition 2002, 1000 pp.
U.D. Black:
Optical Networks: Third Generation Transport Systems, Prentice Hall PTR, 2002, 352 pp.
Jean-Pierre Laude:
DWDM Fundamentals, Components, and Applications, Artech House, 2002, 302 pp
Gosse Wedzinga:
Photonic Slot Routing in Optical Transport Networks (Broadband Networks and Services), Kluwer, 2002, 222 pp.
William S. C. Chang (Ed.):
RF Photonic Technology in Optical Fiber Links, Cambridge University Press, 2002, 496 pp
G.P. Agrawal:
Fiber-Optic Communication Systems, John Wiley, (3rd Edition), 2002, 580 pp.
R.Ramaswamy, K.Sivarajan:
Optical Networks: A Practical Perspective, Morgan Kaufmann, 2001, 864 pp.
P.Tomsu, C.Schmutzer:
Next generation Optical Networks, Prentice Hall, 2001, 352 pp.
G.P. Agrawal:
Nonlinear Fiberoptics, Academic Press, 2001 ( 3rd Edition), 466 pp.
Optical Switching and Networking Handbook, McGraw-Hill Professional, 2001, 302 pp.
G. Keiser:
Optical Fiber Communications, McGraw-Hill, 2000, 602 pp.
T.E.Stern, K.Bala:
Multiwavelength Optical Networks: A Layered Approach, Prentice Hall, 1999, 766 pp.
Fiber Optics Test and Measurements, Prentice Hall, 1998, 642 pp.
H. Ghafouri-Shiraz, B. S. K. Lo
Distributed Feedback Laser Diodes: Principles and Physical Modelling, John Wiley, July 23, 1996, 242 pp.
L. A. Coldren, S. W. Corzine
Diode Lasers and Photonic Integrated Circuits, Wiley-Interscience, 1995, 624 pp
A.B. Sharma, S.J. Halme, M.M. Butusov:
Optical Fiber Systems and Their Components, Springer?Verlag, 1981, 246 pp.


IEE Electronics Letter
IEEE Journal Transactions on Communications
IEEE Optical Technology Letters
IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology
IEEE Photonics Technology Letters
IEICE Transactions
OSA Journal of Optical Networking
OSA Optics Letters
OSA Applied Optics
SPIE Optical Engineering
Photonic Network Communications (Kluwer-Academic)
Fiber & Integrated Optics (Taylor & Francis)




The final grade will be computed from the following components: final exam. (80%), and laboratories and assignments (20%).
Closed-book examination is normally used in both midsem exam and final exam.