- Code PHYS3060
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Research School of Physics
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Physics
- Areas of interest Photonics, Physics, Engineering, Communications
See https://www.anu.edu.au/covid-19-advice. In Sem 1 2022, this course is delivered on campus with adjustments for remote participants.
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:
- In-depth understanding of the operation of key components in a lightwave communication system using analytical and numerical methods;
- Critical analysis of the main factors affecting the performance and limits of real-world lightwave communication systems;
- Hands-on working knowledge of fibre optic components, their handling, and how they are integrated for information transmission;
- Able to design a lightwave transmission system using simulation software by applying cognate knowledge.
- In-class activities (Quizzes) (10) [LO 1,2,4]
- Assignments (35) [LO 1,2,4]
- Laboratory (25) [LO 3]
- Examination (30) [LO 1,2,4]
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The course will be taught in flipped classroom (blended) mode. The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:
• Face-to face component which may consist of 1 x 2 hour workshop per week and 4 x 3 hour laboratory sessions throughout the semester.
• Approximately 94 hours of self directed study which will include watching online lectures and preparation for workshops and other assessment tasks.
To be determined
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