Course detail

Optical Communication Fundamentals and Optoelectronics

FEKT-COPEAcad. year: 2019/2020

Radiometry and Photometry. Laser safety in the optoelectronic laboratory (medicine, hygienic and metrological aspects). Wave optics: interference, coherence, diffraction and holography. Optical resonators, Gaussian characteristics of the laser beam. Fundamentals of lasers. Semiconductor optoelectronics: laser diodes, LEDs, PIN and avalanche photodiodes. Fiber optics. Optical links. optical sensors.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Students become acquainted with wave and quantum phenomena of light, holography and fundamentals of lasers. They will be capable to use some methods of approximation for solving of concrete problems in optoelectronics. They will master basic measurement in semiconductor optoelectronics and fiber optics.


The subject knowledge on the secondary school level is required.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Not applicable.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Teaching methods depend on the type of course unit as specified in the article 7 of BUT Rules for Studies and Examinations.
Techning methods include lectures, computer laboratories and practical laboratories. Course is taking advantage of e-learning (Moodle) system. Students have to write a single project/assignment during the course.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Evaluation: 2 tests, 5 laboratory tasks and 1 individual project. There are written and verbal parts of examination.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1 Metrological aspects of optoelectronics
2 Optical spectrum and characteristics of radiation
3 Interferometry and optical interferometers
4 Diffraction, holograpfy and thermograms
5 Optical components and their characteristics
6 Lasers and laser diodes
7 LED and photodiodes
8 Sensors and displays
9 Fiber optics
10 Fiber links
11 Optical wireless links
12 Optical sensors (lidars and laser radars)
13 Future of the optoelectronics


Introduce students with medicine, hygienic and metrological aspects of optoelectronics, wave optics and quantum phenomena of light. Clarifying function of optical resonator and fundamentals of lasers. Expound with semiconductor optoelectronics, fiber optics and problems of optical link and optical sensors.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

The content and forms of instruction in the evaluated course are specified by a regulation issued by the lecturer responsible for the course and updated for every academic year.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme EEKR-BC Bachelor's

    branch BC-EST , 3. year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, optional specialized

Type of course unit



39 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer

Laboratory exercise

13 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer