Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years (1.8.2018-31.7.2020), which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


The course provides an understanding of the principles and technologies of optical fiber. It covers optical fiber waveguide theory, the structure and performance of active fiber-optical devices, and discusses the new technologies and developing trends of optical fibers.

The objective of the course is to acquire an understanding of the physical principles of optical fibers on a level that allows participation in research in the field. The course is ideal for those entering the fiber-optic field or wanting to broaden their knowledge of photonics.

The students will have the opportunity to get acquainted with the simulation tool COMSOL Multiphysics®. Simulations with COMSOL are a part of a project work, which also includes writing a report. Support on report writing will be provided.


Credits: 5

Schedule: 27.10.2020 - 11.12.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Hanne Ludvigsen, Markku Sopanen

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Hanne Ludvigsen, Markku Sopanen

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    1 Optical waveguide theory

    1.1 Planar optical waveguide

    1.2 Cylindrical optical waveguide 

    2 Characteristics of optical fibers

    2.1  Attenuation, dispersion and nonlinear effects in optical fibers

    2.2  Transmission characteristics of optical pulses in optical fibers

    3 Applications of optical fiber such as supercontinuum generation and high-power fiber lasers


    After the course, you may want to continue to the ELEC-E9250 Advanced Physics and Applications of optical fibers course. 

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Exam, home exercises, and compulsory computer exercise + report

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    This course includes classroom lectures, exercises including demo exercises, hands-on skills of computer simulations, and scientific writing.


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Slides and other material distributed in MyCourses.

    G.P. Agrawal, Lightwave Technology - Components and Devices (Wiley 2004)

    B.E.A. and M.C. Teich, Fundamentals of Photonics (Wiley, 2nd edition)

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Any basic course on optics. Familiarity with the syntax of MATLAB will be beneficial.



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