- Code PHYS3060
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Physics Education Centre
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Physics
- Areas of interest Photonics, Physics, Engineering, Communications
Optical fibres now constitute the backbone of the world’s long-distance telecommunications systems and are also being used increasingly in other areas, such as sensing, biophotonics, automotive, etc. The course sets out to provide a basic understanding of optical transmission systems concentrating on light propagation along fibres and light processing using fibre- and planar waveguide-based devises. Light propagation includes: modal propagation and Maxwell's equations; ray tracing, Snell's and Fesnel's Laws; single-mode, multi-mode and special fibres; pulse propagation and dispersions; nonlinear effects; fibre and planar waveguide fabrication; analytical and numerical techniques; birefringence and bend loss. Light processing devices include: couplers and splitters; gratings and arrayed waveguide gratings; Mach-Zehnder and multimode interferometers; optical amplifiers and attenuators; polarisers. With knowledge of the basic physical principles of these key photonic components we consider how they affect the practical performance and limits; and how they influence the design of real-world telecommunication systems. Laboratory work covers mainly hands-on fibre-based experiments and some numerical simulations.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
1. In-depth understanding of the operation of key components in a lightwave communication system using analytical and numerical methods;
2. Critical analysis of the main factors affecting the performance and limits of real-world lightwave communication systems;
3. Hands-on working knowledge of fibre optic components, their handling, and how they are integrated for information transmission;
4. Able to design a lightwave transmission system using simulation software by applying cognate knowledge.
Indicative AssessmentIn-class activities (Quizzes) - 10%; (LO1-4)
Assignments - 25%; (LO1-4)
Laboratory - 25%; (LO1-4)
Examination - 40% (LO1-4)
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Workload24 lectures, 6 tutorials and 24 hours laboratory sessions
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|2668||15 Feb 2016||26 Feb 2016||31 Mar 2016||27 May 2016||In Person||N/A|