CMPE Degree: This course is Not Applicable for the CMPE degree.
EE Degree: This course is Not Applicable for the EE degree.
Lab Hours: 0 supervised lab hours and 0 unsupervised lab hours.
Technical Interest Group(s) / Course Type(s): Optics and Photonics
Catalog DescriptionProvides an in-depth understanding of the light guiding properties of
optical fibers as used in communication systems.
Textbook(s)Fundamentals of Optical Fibers
Student OutcomesIn the parentheses for each Student Outcome:
"P" for primary indicates the outcome is a major focus of the entire course.
“M” for moderate indicates the outcome is the focus of at least one component of the course, but not majority of course material.
“LN” for “little to none” indicates that the course does not contribute significantly to this outcome.
1. ( Not Applicable ) An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
2. ( Not Applicable ) An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
3. ( Not Applicable ) An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
4. ( Not Applicable ) An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
5. ( Not Applicable ) An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
6. ( Not Applicable ) An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
7. ( Not Applicable ) An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.
Strategic Performance Indicators (SPIs)
Electromagnetic wave equations
Plane wave reflection and transmission
Effects of material resonances on wave propagation
Group velocity dispersion
Wave Propagation in Dielectric Slab Guides}
Solution of the wave equation
Guided modes and cutoff conditions
Wave and ray pictures
Leaky and radiation modes
Propagation in curved guides
Field Theory of Step Index Fibers
Ray classification and analysis
Solution of the wave equation for multimode fibers
Field descriptions and mode classification
Single mode fibers
Single mode fiber measurements
Intrinsic and extrinsic loss mechanisms
Effects of dispersion on pulse propagation
Material, waveguide, and profile dispersion
Group delay distortion in multimode fibers
Dispersion measurement and fiber bandwidth
Polarization mode dispersion
Dispersion equalization techniques
Special Purpose Index Profiles
Multimode graded index fibers
Single mode graded index fibers
Dispersion shifting and flattening in single mode fiber
Equivalent index profiles for curved guides
The amplification principle
Material systems for fiber amplifiers
Erbium-doped fiber amplifiers
Black box models
Nonlinear optical concepts
Self- and cross-phase modulation, soliton propagation
Stimulated Raman and Brillouin scattering
Importance of nonlinear effects in communication systems.