Optical Communications

Course code PHYS3320Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Much of modern telecommunications rests on the ability to send multiple communication channels along a single optical fibre. The rapidly expanding use of the internet has led to an explosion in demand for such high speed data communications. This advanced course covers the theory and application of light pulse propagation in optical communication links formed from fibres of varios structures, planar waveguides, and optical circuitry and how these links may form a network.

In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory Workplace Health and Safety requirement. Students will receive full information on this compulsory course component in the course outline provided by the school.

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course, students will have:

1. developed an advanced understanding of optical fibre and optical circuitry design principles and use
2. an appreciation of the role of optical technologies in telecommunications systems
3. improved their analytic and problem solving skills
4. enhanced laboratory and computing skills
5. enhanced written and communication skills
Content. Review of ray and wave propagation
. Single and multimode optical fibres – design, loss mechanisms, non-linearity
. Pulse propagation - bit rate dependence, dispersion and compensation, solitons
. Optical transmitters – directly modulated diode lasers, externally modulated DFB laser sources, modulation format
. Optical amplifiers – Raman and Erbium-doped fibre properties
. Optical receivers
. Planar waveguides and optical circuitry
. Optical networks
Replacing Course(s)None
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgePHYS2160, PHYS2260
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsField Study
Integrated Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments
Examination: Formal
Laboratory Exercises
Contact HoursIntegrated Learning: for 66 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Compulsory Course ComponentWHS-Safety Induction or Risk Assessment. Compulsory Course Component: In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory safety induction.
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for PHYS3320