• Offered by Physics Education Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Specialist
  • Course subject Physics
  • Areas of interest Photonics, Physics, Engineering, Communications
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Geoff Campbell
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2020
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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.

Learning Outcomes

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;
5. To demonstrate independent acquisition and evaluation of further relevant knowledge beyond the classroom.

Indicative Assessment

In-class activities (Quizzes) - 10%; (LO1-5)
Assignments (Including one 10-15 page paper and presentation) - 25%; (LO1-5)
Laboratory - 25%; (LO1-5)
Examination - 40% (LO1-5)

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Workload

24 lectures, 6 tutorials and 24 hours laboratory sessions

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be currently enrolled in Master of Photonics. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have successfully completed PHYS3060.

Assumed Knowledge

PHYS1001, or PHYS1101, PHYS1202 and PHYS2017 or equivalent

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $4050
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5760
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3847 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 08 May 2020 05 Jun 2020 In Person N/A

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