ELEC5511: Optical Communication Systems (2013 - Semester 1)
|Unit:||ELEC5511: Optical Communication Systems (6 CP)|
|Faculty/School:||School of Electrical and Information Engineering|
Professor Minasian, Robert
|Session options:||Semester 1|
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|Brief Handbook Description:||This course will provide an understanding of the fundamental principles of optical fibre communication systems. It commences with a description of optical fibre propagation characteristics and transmission properties. We will then consider light sources and the fundamental principles of laser action in semiconductor and other lasers, and also the characteristics of optical transmitters based on semiconductor and electro-optic modulation techniques. The characteristics of optical amplifiers will also be discussed. On the receiver side, the principles of photodetection and optical receiver sensitivity will be discussed. Other aspects such as fibre devices and multiple wavelength division multiplexing techniques will also be discussed. Finally, the complete optical fibre communication system will be studied to enable the design of data transmission optical systems, local area networks and multi-channel optical systems.|
|Assumed Knowledge:||ELEC3405 AND ELEC3505. -|
Professor Minasian, Robert
|T&L Activities:||Tutorial: Tutorials/Laboratories
Independent Study: Self-study; preparation for tutorials and laboratory; reading and study of notes, text and other references to master concepts covered in lectures.
Attributes listed here represent the key course goals (see Course Map tab) designated for this unit. The list below describes how these attributes are developed through practice in the unit. See Learning Outcomes and Assessment tabs for details of how these attributes are assessed.
|Attribute Development Method||Attribute Developed|
|Design and problem skills are developed in assignments nad computer laboratories. This inlcudes the optimum design of laser-based optical transmitters and a complete optical fibre communication system.||Design (Level 4)|
|Gain an understanding of the principles of optical fibre communication systems. including optical fibre propagation characteristics and transmission properties, light sources and the laser action, optical transmitters, optical amplifiers, photodetection, and multiple wavelength division multiplexing techniques .||Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 5)|
|Gain a detailed understanding of the fundamental concepts in fibre optic communications and utilise this in the design of complete optical communication systems to enable data transmission optical systems, local area networks and multi-channel optical systems.||Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 3)|
|In addition to the undersatnding the text and lecture note framework, students need to do additional information searches to obtain necessary supplemantary material.||Information Seeking (Level 2)|
|Students work in groups in laboratory work, and they need to communicate their work via a group laboratory report.||Communication (Level 2)|
|Group work in labs and tutorials.||Project Management and Teamwork (Level 2)|
For explanation of attributes and levels see Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table.
Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.Design (Level 4)
Final Exam: Exam - 2 hours
Assignment: Assignments and Laboratory work
|Faculty Policies & Procedures:||Academic Honesty in Coursework. All students must submit a cover sheet for all assessment work that declares that the work is original and not plagiarised from the work of others.
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Note: Students are expected to have a personal copy of all books listed.
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|Online Course Content:||https://elearning.sydney.edu.au/webapps/portal/frameset.jsp|
|Note on Resources:||-|
Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar https://web.timetable.usyd.edu.au/calendar.jsp
|Week 1||Optical communication systems|
|Introduction: History, components, applications;|
|Week 2||Polarisation state of light wave|
|Optical fibre: Single and multi mode optical fibres;|
|Week 3||Fibre loss and loss compensation techniques;|
|Week 4||Fibre modes|
|Week 5||Principles of lasers|
|Optical sources, light emitted diodes (LED);|
|Week 6||Laser modulation response|
|Laser mode control, laser structures;|
|Week 7||Pulse modulation, laser temperature control;|
|Electro-optic and electro-absorption modulators|
|Week 8||Laser intensity noise, pulsed lasers;|
|Optical detectors (PIN and APD), detector noise|
|Week 9||Digital optical receiver design;|
|Optical receiver sensitivity|
|Week 10||Optical communication system design|
|Week 11||Semiconductor and fibre optical amplifiers;|
|Optical amplifier noise|
|Week 12||Dispersion compensation techniques;|
|Multichannel lightwave systems|
|STUVAC (Week 14)||-|
|Assessment Due: Final Exam|
The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.
This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:
|Design (Level 4)||Yes||15%|
|Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 5)||Yes||60.01%|
|Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 3)||Yes||15%|
|Information Seeking (Level 2)||Yes||5%|
|Communication (Level 2)||Yes||2.5%|
|Professional Conduct (Level 2)||No||0%|
|Project Management and Teamwork (Level 2)||Yes||2.5%|
These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.