Electromagnetic analysis of guided-wave optical devices and systems, including transmission properties of optical fibers, photonic crystal waveguides, grating structures, and coupled-wave components; soliton propagation in fibers; Erbium-doped and Raman fiber amplifiers; semiconductor light sources and photodetectors; wavelength-division multiplexed systems.
Why take this course?
Photonic technology has grown enormously in applications and sophistication during the past decade. This course provides the essential knowledge needed for the development of state-of-the-art photonic systems for applications in communications, sensing, and instrumentation, as well as pursuing research in fiber optics and bio/nano photonics.
Thorough understanding of electromagnetic wave theory as covered in 5105 is required. Also, knowledge of partial differential equations and Bessel functions is essential for this course.
Major Measurable Learning Objectives
analyze transmission properties of optical guides
describe the mechanisms contributing to signal degradation in optical transmission links
describe the performance characteristics of active components, including fiber amplifiers, laser diode, light emitting diode, and photodetector
evaluate spectral characteristics of passive components, such as grating and coupler using coupled-mode theory
design optical guides and passive guided-wave components with prescribed transmission characteristics
Percentage of Course
Review of basic concepts; wave equation, modal properties
Propagation in planar optical waveguides
Transmission characteristics of step-index fibers
Photonic crystal waveguides
Multimode optical waveguides; ray analysis
Designs for prescribed transmission characteristics