Optical Communication Sytems
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Graduate Course Information


ECE/OPTI 430/530: Optical Communication Systems

Course Description

Physics of optical communication components and applications to communication systems. Topics include fiber attenuation and dispersion, laser modulation, photo detection and noise, receiver design, bit error rate calculations, and coherent communications.

Homeworks and projects

“Homework assignments” will be given in the form of “exercises,” i.e. problems with example solutions provided. They do not have to be turned in for grading. Nevertheless, any questions regarding the exercises will be discussed individually or in class.

Two projects will be carried out in small groups (3-4 students): (i) a literature research project and (ii) a system design project. Project progress has to be reported continuously over the course of the semester; final presentations have to be given. Graduate students will have an additional task to solve in their system design project.


Final exam will be given at the end of the semester.



Homework                                                              0%

Literature Research Project                                      25%

System Design Project                                            35%

Final Exam                                                              40%

SIE 305, ECE 340, ECE 352, ECE 381; Concurrent registration: ECE 431.

M. Cvijetic, I. B. Djordjevic, Advanced Optical Communication Systems and Networks. Artech House, Jan. 2013. 

Course Topics: 

·         Introduction

·         Optical Fibers

-          Geometrical-Optics Description

-          Wave Propagation

-          Chromatic Dispersion

-          Polarization Mode Dispersion

-          Dispersion-Induced Limitations

-          Fiber Losses

-          Nonlinear Optical Effects          

·         Optical Transmitters

-          Light-Emitting Diodes

-          Semiconductor Lasers

-          Control of Longitudinal Modes

-          Laser Characteristics

-          Transmitter Design

·         Optical Receivers

-          Common Photodetectors

-          Receiver Design

-          Receiver Noise

-          Receiver Sensitivity

-          Sensitivity Degradation

-          Receiver Performance

·          Optical Amplifiers

-          Semiconductor Optical Amplifiers

-          Raman Amplifiers

-          Erbium-Doped Fiber Amplifiers

-          Parametric Amplifiers

-          System Applications

·         Multichannel Systems

-          WDM Lightwave Systems

-          WDM Components

-          WDM System Performance Issues

-          Time-Division Multiplexing

-          Subcarrier Multiplexing

-          Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM)

-          Code-Division Multiplexing

·         Coherent Lightwave Systems

-          Homodyne and heterodyne detection

-          Optical hybrids and balanced receivers 

-          Modulation formats: ASK, FSK, PSK, QAM

-          Demodulation schemes

-          Polarization diversity

-          Polarization multiplexing

-          Coherent OFDM systems

-          Bi-error rates and receiver sensitivity

-          Sensitivity degradation

-          System performance

·         Optical Transmission Enabling Technologies

-          Dispersion Management

-          Modulation Formats

-          Nonlinearity Management

-          Wavelength Conversion

-          Optical 3R

-          Forward Error Correction

·         Optical Networks

-          LANs

-          MANs

-          Long-Haul Networks

-          Design Guidelines

Prepared by: 
Ivan B. Djordjevic
Prepared Date: 
April 2013

University of Arizona College of Engineering