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PHYS 459       (3-3-4)             Optical Communications

The course covers the fundamentals of design and analysis of optical communication systems. Topics covered include direct detection, heterodyne detection, Poisson counting processes, self-exciting Poisson counting processes, likelihood ratios and  stochastic differential equations for minimum mean square estimates of rate functions in Poisson counting processes. Laboratory work studies stationary and dynamical behavior of laser diodes and photodiodes, optical fiber attenuation, back-scattering in optical fibers, bandwidth of optical fibers, characteristics of single-mode fibers, splicing and connecting techniques and digital optical systems with direct and heterodyne reception.

Prerequisite: PHYS 351