Available in 2018

Course handbook


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 various structures, planar waveguides, and optical circuitry, and how these links may form a network.

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2018

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

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


  • Review of ray and wave propagation
  • Single and multimode optical fibres -┬ádesign, loss mechanisms, non-linearity
  • Pulse propagation - bit rate dependence, dispersion and compensation, solitons
  • Optical transmitters -┬ádirectly modulated diode lasers, externally modulated DFB laser sources, modulation format
  • Optical amplifiers -┬áRaman and Erbium-doped fibre properties
  • Optical receivers
  • Planar waveguides and optical circuitry
  • Optical networks

Assumed knowledge

PHYS2160, PHYS2260

Assessment items

Project: Major Assignment

Formal Examination: Final Examination

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Laboratory Reports

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Integrated Learning Session: Induction Requirement - Students must attend and pass the induction requirements before attending these sessions. - In order to participate in this course students must complete a compulsory safety induction.

Contact hours


Integrated Learning Session

Face to Face On Campus 66 hour(s) per Term Full Term

Lectures, tutorials, laboratories and field trip will be integrated throughout the semester