Dec 09, 2022  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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PH 324 - Fiber Optics/Fiber Optic Sensors

2 lecture hours 2 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
This course provides a theoretical and experimental foundation of fiber optics, fiber optic communication, optical sources, detectors and fiber optic sensors. Topics include electromagnetic propagation, reflection and refraction, optical modes, dispersion, scattering, carrier loss, optical time-domain reflectometry, light-emitting and laser diodes, photonic crystals and band-gap fibers. Techniques and applications for fiber optic communication systems will be studied, including bit rate and bandwidth, wavelength-division multiplexing, filters, optical switching and coupling, and optical amplifiers. (prereq: PH 123  or PH 2021  (or PH 2020) and PH 2031  (or PH 2030))
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Basic properties of an electromagnetic wave in vacuum and in a dielectric
  • Boundary conditions for light within a cylindrical fiber
  • Differentiate between guided, leaky, and radiation modes
  • Chromatic and material dispersion, and pulse broadening and distortion
  • Absorption, reflection, scattering, and bending losses along a fiber
  • Environmental affects on propagation in a fiber and fiber-optic sensors
  • Optical wavelength windows in silica fiber
  • Bit rate and bandwidth
  • Usage of single mode versus multimode fiber
  • Basic properties and uses of optical sources and receivers
  • Fiber connection, coupling, optical amplifiers and optical switching
  • Time-division multiplexing, wavelength-division multiplexing, and demultiplexing
  • Newer technologies including erbium-doped fiber amplifiers and band-gap fibers
  • Basics of fiber-optic networks
  • General status of the fiber-optic industry and market

Prerequisites by Topic
  • None 

Course Topics
  • None

Dr. Robert Olsson

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