Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, 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: 25.10.2022 - 09.12.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

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

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

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    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 for whole curriculum period:

    Exam, home exercises, and compulsory computer exercise + report

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

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


Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 Autumn II
    2023-2024 No teaching

    Enrollment :

    Registration for course will take place on Sisu (