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Fall 2018-2019
ELE 558   No Audit

Photonics and Lightwave Communications

Paul R. Prucnal

Introduction to fiber-optic communication systems. The basic principles of optical fibers, lasers, and detectors. In-depth analysis of noise and signal degradation in optical communication systems. The design and performance of fiber optic receivers and communication links. Introduction to optical amplifiers, dispersion management and soliton transmission. Technologies and architectures for wavelength division multiplexed long haul transmission systems and metropolitan area networks. In-depth lab project or paper on a topic of the student's choice with a class presentation.

Sample reading list:
Govind Agrawal, Fiber Optic Communication Systems (available online Princeto
B. E. A. Saleh, M. C. Teich,, Fundamentals of Photonics 2nd Edition (Excerpts will be prov

Reading/Writing assignments:
Problem sets, research paper.

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 25%
Papers - 40%
Oral Presentation(s) - 5%
Problem set(s) - 20%
Other (See Instructor) - 10%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
None. This course.has no formal prerequisites. Related courses in the OOE undergrad sequence are helpful but not required (e.g., Electromagnetic waves (ELE351), Optics (ELE352), Lasers (ELE453))..

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
23540 L01 01:30:00 pm - 02:50:00 pm M W        Enrolled:0 Limit:50