At the end of the course the students will gain knowledge on light propagation in waveguides and optical fibers, and on the working principles of the main photonic components used in communication systems (lasers, modulators, couplers, amplifiers). Moreover, the students will be able to:
− analyze and describe a communication system based on optical fibers;
− analyze the properties of waveguides and optical fibers, and of the main photonic devices with simulations based on a numerical method;
− summarize and describe the main results of a numerical analysis, using a proper technical vocabulary;
− understand the technical specifications of optical fibers and photonic components, in order to properly use them in a laboratory setup;
− summarize and describe the main results of an experimental activity in laboratory.