CEN 409: Optical Fiber Communication

Offered Under: B.Sc. in Computer Engineering (CEN)
Description

This course serves as an introduction to the design and operation of optical fiber communication systems and the characteristics and limitations of associated optical components. Key topics explored in this course are: Wave propagation in single mode and multimode optical fibers; Step-index and graded index fibers; Gaussian approximation of fields in single mode fiber, spot size, equivalent step index of single mode fiber; Material, waveguide and internodes dispersions; Polarization and birefringent fibers; Ray theory, optimal profile, and mode coupling in multimode fiber; Optical fiber measurement and characterization; Launching efficiencies in multimode and single mode fibers.



Course Type Major
Credit Hour 3
Lecture Hour 45
Expected Outcome(s):
  • Analyze the design and performance of fiber optic systems.
  • Discuss channel impairments like losses and dispersion, and analyze various coupling losses.
  • Calculate the system bandwidth, noise, probability of error and maximum usable bit rate of a fiber optic system.


Grading Policy:

Biweekly Quiz, One Midterm Exam, One Final Exam, Project


Letter Grade Marks Grade Point
A 90 - 100 4.00
A- 85 - 89 3.70
B+ 80 - 84 3.30
B 75 - 79 3.00
B- 70 - 74 2.70
C+ 65 - 69 2.30
C 60 - 64 2.00
C- 55 - 59 1.70
D+ 50 - 54 1.30
D 45 - 49 4.00
F 00 - 44 4.00