Syllabus academic year 2009/2010
(Created 2009-08-11.)

Higher education credits: 7,5. Grading scale: TH. Level: A (Second level). Language of instruction: The course will be given in English. Alternative for: MFOT1. Optional for: E4, E4rn, F4, F4f, MNAV2, N4. Course coordinator: Stefan Andersson-Engels, och Dan Hessman,, 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.

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

be able to search and acquire knowledge from references within the field.

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

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


· 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. 7.1, 8, 9, 12.1-2, 16-18, 23, 24
Labinstructions available at the course homepage