At the end of the course the students will be able to:
− understand the importance of conventional optical fibers as basic components for photonic devices, such as sensors and lasers, with great impact on the market at present;
− understand the importance of photonic crystal fibers, which are still an exciting research subject all over the world, for next generation of photonic devices;
− analyze the properties of optical fibers with an advanced numerical method (finite element method);
− summarize and report the main results of a numerical analysis.