Course Title: Optical Electronic Technology (Electronic, PG)

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Optical Electronic Technology (Electronic, PG)

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


125H Electrical & Computer Engineering


Sem 1 2006

Course Coordinator: Dr Arnan Mitchell

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9924 2457

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

To successfully complete this course, students should be familiar with the concepts of modes and chromatic dispersion on optical fibres. They should also be familiar with the basic components of an optical link and with coupled partial differential equations: their formulation and solution. Students are required to have successfully completed the course EEET2253 – Transmission Lines & Optical Fibres and MATH2162 Mathematics for Comm Eng, equivalent courses or provide evidence of equivalent capabilities.

Course Description

This subject develops an understanding of more advanced concepts relating to optical fibre technology. Specialised optical fibre, optical waveguide gratings, advanced laser diodes, optical amplifiers, nonlinear effects and integrated optical devices such as intensity modulators and optical switches are presented.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

• Theoretically model the spectral transmission of optical gratings, the power transfer in optical amplifiers, the oscillation behaviour of advanced laser systems, and the non-linear interaction of high-power optical channels in optical fibre.
• Design optical filters to provide a specified wavelength transmission spectrum, optical amplifier configurations to provide optimal signal to noise performance, advanced laser oscillators that can provide narrow line-width, single mode and even tuneable wavelength optical sources and design optical transmission systems that suppress non-linear interaction
• Select appropriate technologies for the implementation of optical gratings, amplifiers and lasers
• Practically characterise the spectral properties of fibre bragg gratings and other advanced fibre devices

Students will gain or improve capabilities in:

• An in-depth understanding of photonic systems, the wavelength division multiplexing standards and the physical reasons why the standards have come to be as they are.
• The physics and mathematics of wave coupling
• Understanding of the physical processes that underpin, optical dispersion, polarisation maintenance, optical amplification single mode and tuneable lasers and nonlinear behaviour in fibre
• An understanding of how these advanced optical fibre components are actually made, their relative costs and their scope of application.
• Surveying and summarising the available literature on the continually developing advanced optical fibre technology applications.
• Communication and working in teams: student capabilities will be improved through the presentation of written and verbal reports, and group work in laboratory projects.

Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities included in this course are:

• attendance at lectures where syllabus material will be presented and explained, and the subject will be illustrated with demonstrations and examples;
• completion of tutorial questions and laboratory projects designed to give further practice in the application of theory and procedures, and to give feedback on student progress and understanding;
• completion of written assignments consisting of numerical and other problems requiring an integrated understanding of the subject matter; and
• surveying summarising the current literature to gain a sense of the current state of the art in this rapidly changing field
• private study, working through the course as presented in classes and learning materials, and gaining practice at solving conceptual and numerical problems.

Overview of Learning Resources

Students will be able to access course information and learning materials electronically online and will be provided with copies of additional materials in class. Lists of relevant reference texts, resources in the library and freely accessible Internet sites will be provided. Students will also use laboratory equipment and computer software within the School during project and assignment work.

Overview of Assessment

Final Examination – Assessment of theoretical knowledge and application
Assignments 1 & 2 – Literature review and summary of specialised topic and detailed solution of design problem
Practical (2 experiments) – Learning will be enhanced with experiments that encourage exploration of fibre bragg gratings and erbium doped fibre amplifiers. Laboratory reports are due two weeks after completion of the scheduled laboratory session.