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Advanced Topics in Optical Communication (ELEN90085)

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Year of offerNot available in 2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeELEN90085
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This subject provides the fundamental knowledge and skills for conducting research in optical communications. The subject provides in-depth examination of the key advances in high-speed optical communications. It includes regular lecturing classes as well as a presentation by each student on a relevant topic of their choice.


Coverage of selected topics from the following:

  • Linear polarization systems;
  • Jones and Stokes space representations;
  • Jones matrices for various optical components;
  • Modulation formats in optical communications;
  • Nonlinearity in optical fibres;
  • Channel capacity of optical fibres;
  • Space-division multiplexing in optical fibres.

Intended learning outcomes

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs):

On completion of this subject, it is expected that the student will be able to:

  1. Analyse and evaluate high-speed optical communications systems
  2. Describe the trends in the fast-evolving field of optical communications
  3. Design high-speed optical communication channels
  4. Perform simulations of fiber optic channels for nonlinear single- and dual-polarization systems.

Last updated: 22 August 2019