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Course Detail

Course Name Optical Communication
Course Code 15ECE353
Program B. Tech. in Electronics and Communication Engineering
Year Taught 2019


Unit 1

Introduction – Ray theory transmission – Electromagnetic mode theory for optical propagation – Cylindrical fibers – Single-mode fibers – Attenuation – Material absorption losses in silica glass fibers – Linear and nonlinear scattering losses – Fiber bend losses – Chromatic and intermodal dispersion.

Unit 2

Optical detectors: Introduction – Device types – Optical detection principles – Absorption -Quantum efficiency – Responsivity – Long-wavelength cutoff – Semiconductor photodiodes with and without internal gain.

Unit 3

Link design – System degradation and power penalty – Measurements on fiber optic systems – SONET – EDFA – WDM components and networks.

Text Books

  1. John M Senior, “Optical Fiber Communication, Principles and Practice”, Third Edition, Prentice Hall, 2009.


  1. Gerd Keiser, “Optical Fiber Communication”, Fourth Edition, MGH, 2008.
  2. Joseph C. Palais, “Fiber Optic Communications”, Fourth Edition, Pearson Education, 2004.
  3. C. Siva Ram Murthy and Mohan Gurusamy, “WDM Optical Networks: Concepts, Design,andAlgorithms”Prentice-Hall, 2002.

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