Syllabus academic year 2008/2009
(Created 2008-07-17.)

Higher education credits: 7,5. Grading scale: TH. Level: A (Second level). Language of instruction: The course will be given in English. Alternative for: MFOT4. Optional for: E4, E4rn, F4, F4f, MNAV4, N4. Course coordinator: Stefan Andersson-Engels, och Jörgen Larsson,, Fysik, kurslaboratoriet. Recommended prerequisits: FAFF01 Optics and Optical Design. Assessment: Written exam. Mandatory laboratory exercises with written report. Home page:

The course aims at providing basic knowledge for designing the hardware side of optical communication systems. This is achieved by providing knowledge about optical fibres, optical detectors and light sources and how these components are integrated into optical communication systems.

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

· understand how light propagation in wave guides and optical fibres can be modelled

· understand the principles and calculate the performance of optical detectors and diode laser sources.

· understand the physics behind and operational principles for diodes and diode lasers.

Skills and abilities
For a passing grade the student must

· be able to choose appropriate detectors and light sources for various signal transmission or signal detection tasks

· be able to design and theoretically evaluate the performance of simple optical communication systems

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

· have an increased competence for presenting in writing an accomplished project.

· have an increased experience for working in groups of two or four persons towards a common goal.

· be able to search and acquire knowledge from a reference English book


· Guided wave optics

· Fibre optics

· Semiconductor photon sources

· Semiconductor detectors

· Fibre-optic communication

Lab works: Three laboratory exercises: Fibre Optics, Detectors and detector design, Integrated optics.

Demonstrations: Lab visit and research demonstrations.

Fundamental of Photonics
B. E. A. Saleh and M. C. Teich
Wiley Series in Pure and Applied Optics, John Wiley & sons, inc.
Kap. 7,8, 15-17, 21,22
+ labinstructions available at the course homepage