Overview of optical fibre communications. Types and properties of fibres. Optical transmitters, receivers, and repeaters. Passive optical component. Optical modulation and multiplexing techniques. Fibre communication systems. Optical networks. Introduction to optical interconnects. Silicon photonics. Active optical cables. Recent trends in optical interconnects.
By the end of the course, students should obtain an overall picture of the history and recent developments of optical communications, and understand its advantages and limitations. They will acquire knowledge on the operating principle and technology of different key components in an optical communication system and optical interconnects. They should be able to apply skills for the design of basic fibre components, systems, and networks and carry out qualitative and quantitative analyses on their performances.