ECE/PH 483- Guided Wave Optics

Catalog Description: Optical fibers, fiber mode structure and polarization effects, fiber interferometry, fiber sensors, conventional and coherent fiber communications, coherent OTDR, integrated optoelectronic devices.


By course: ECE 391 or PH 481/581 or equivalent. Lec/lab. Crosslisted as PH 483/583.
By topic: Knowledge of basic optics equations: reflection, refraction, lenses, polarization, propagation of electromagnetic plane waves

Courses that require this as a prerequisites: none

Credits: 4 Terms Offered: Spring annually


Primary: T. Plant
Secondary: A. Weisshaar.

Textbook: Palais, Joseph C. , Fiber Optic Communications, 4th Ed, Prentice-Hall, 1998. ISBN 0-13-895442-9 and class notes on fiber sensors

Course Learning Objectives:
Students must demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Analyze the operation of LEDs, laser diodes, and PIN photodetectors (spectral properties, bandwidth, and circuits) and apply in optical systems. (ABET Outcomes: a, b, e, k)
  2. Explain the principles of, compare and contrast single- and multi-mode optical fiber characteristics. (ABET Outcomes: a, b, e, k)
  3. Analyze and design optical communication and fiber optic sensor systems.
    (ABET Outcomes: a, c, e, k)
  4. Design, build, and demonstrate a team optical fiber application project in the laboratory. (ABET Outcomes: a, b, c, d, e, g, k)
  5. Locate, read, and discuss current technical literature dealing with optical fiber systems. (ABET Outcomes: a, g, i, j)


Laboratory Experiments:

Structure: Three 50-minute lectures per week plus one 3-hour laboratory.

Original: 4/01
Revised: 9/01

School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, 1148 Kelley Engineering Center
Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331-5501
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