Course Title: Integrated Optics

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Integrated Optics

Credit Points: 12.00

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Course Coordinator: Professor Arnan Mitchell

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2457

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Course Coordinator Location: 10.08.31

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

To successfully complete this course, you should be familiar fundamental electromagnetic theory and the basic components of optical fibre systems. You will be benefit from a good mathematical background in algebra, partial differential equations and vector calculus.

Course Description

Integration has revolutionised the electronics industry enabling vastly complex systems to be realised routinely using low-cost manufacturing processes. Integrated electronic systems are now becoming so vast and complex that they are no longer limited by the speed of the individual components, but the bottleneck caused by the electronic communications lines between ‘cores’ on a single chip and more particularly between the chip and the outside world. Over the past two decades, optical fibre technology has revolutionised communications systems. A similar revolution is now occurring at the micro-scale with the technology of integrated optics.

This course provides an introduction and detailed insight into integrated optics. The scope of this course includes means by which optical fibre technologies can be miniaturised and integrated with micro-electronics and also includes the harnessing of micro-fabrication technologies to realise precise and highly complex integrated optical systems.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes:

• High levels of technical competence in the field
• Be able to apply problem solving approaches to work challenges and make decisions using sound engineering methodologies

On completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Describe and explain the fundamental operation of basic integrated optical components such as waveguides, coupler, interferometers, modulators, arrayed waveguide gratings, Bragg gratings and lasers
  • For a given solution, select appropriate integrated optic technology platforms including silica, lithium niobate, indium phosphide and silicon

Overview of Learning Activities

The course will provide an interactive and hands-on learning experience:

  • Lectures (with interactive tutorial components)
  • Computer-based laboratory sessions (instructor guided)
  • Completion of tutorial questions and laboratory projects designed to give further practice in the application of theory and procedures, and to give feedback on your progress and understanding
  • Completion of written laboratory report consisting of numerical and other problems requiring an integrated understanding of the subject matter
  • Group project to provide training in research skills, especially literature review

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be able to access course information and learning materials 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. You 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 – Literature review and summary of a specialised topic
Practical (2 experiments) – Learning will be enhanced with experiments that encourage exploration of integrated optics and fibre bragg gratings and erbium doped fibre amplifiers.