Course detail

Optical Communications and Networks

FEKT-GFOKAcad. year: 2019/2020

Students will learn about photonics and related disciplines, the history of optics and optical communications, advantages and disadvantages of optical communications, optical communication systems division, Jones' matrices, nonlinear optics, optical active and passive components, atmospheric transmission media in the optical spectrum and optical links design.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

The graduate is able: (1) to design optical fiber link, (2) to design optical wireless link, (3) to compare particular optical networks, (4) to explain function of hybrid links, (5) to compare particular optical sources and detectors and to discuss their advantages and disadvantages.


The subject knowledge on the Bachelor´s degree level is requested.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

SALEH, B.E.A., TEICH, M.C. Fundamentals of Photonics. Wiley-Interscience, 2007. (EN)
MILLER, J., FRIEDMAN, E. Optical Communications Rules of Thumb. McGraw-Hill Companies, New York 2002. (EN)
GAGLIARDI, R.M., KARP, S. Optical Communications. John Wiley, New York 1995. (EN)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Techning methods include lectures and practical laboratories. Course is taking advantage of e-learning (Moodle) system. Students have to write a single project during the course.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Evaluation: 2 tests (up to 12 points for both tests), 5 laboratory exercises (up to 20 points) and 1 individual project (up to 8 points). The test has a compulsory written part (up to 40 points) and a compulsory oral part (up 20 points). The content of the exam corresponds to the subject annotation.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. System aspects of photonics.
2. Photonics optics.
3. Nonlinear optics.
4. Optical lenses and components.
5. Optical resonators and laser theory.
6. Optical transmitters and receivers.
7. Laser applications.
8. Fundamentals of optical communications and photonic networks.
9. Optical fibers and fiber amplifiers.
10. Optical fiber communications.
11. Atmospheric transmission media in optical spectrum.
12. Optical wireless links.
13. Future of optical communication.

Laboratory exercises:
1. Measurement of wavelength of the laser radiation.
2. Measurement of geometrical parameters of the laser beam.
3. Measurement of laser diode and LED characteristics.
4. Measurement of attenuation in optical fibers.
5. Transmission of information via optical fiber.
6. Measurement of reflectance.
7. Measurement of polarization.
8. Measurement of contrast in interference pattern.
9. Measurement of characteristics of optical filters.
10. Measurement of attenuation in atmosphere.


The aim of this course is to acquaint students with horizontal, vertical and indoor optical communication systems, various components and their specific use. Students will learn how to design optical fiber and wireless links. The training includes introduction to optical solitons in optical communication, optical amplifiers, optical fibers and wavelength division multiplex (WDM). The future of optical communications will be also discussed.

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

Evaluation of activities is specified by a regulation, which is issued by the lecturer responsible for the course annually.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme TECO-G Master's

    branch G-TEC , 2. year of study, winter semester, 5 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer

Laboratory exercise

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer