Learning outcomes of the course unit
The course aims to provide the basic tools to analyze and design modern optical communications systems.
basic knowledge of digital communications, signal processing
Course contents summary
Introduction, motivations, state of the art. Brief introduction on single mode fibers. Group velocity dispersion. Optical Transmitters. Optical Amplifiers. Principles of Photodetection. Performance Evaluation. Nonlinear Schroedinger Equation. Nonlinear propagation: Self phase modulation, Cross phase modulation, Four wave mixing. Optical Solitons. Raman Effect. Parametric gain and modulation instability. Polarization Mode Dispersion. Advanced modulation formats and coherent detection.
 G. P. Agrawal, ``Nonlinear fiber optics'', 3rd ed., Academic Press, 2001.
 G. P. Agrawal, "Fiber Optic Communication Systems," Wiley, 2002
lessons will use both blackboard and video-projector
Assessment methods and criteria
the exam consists in an oral test and a project based on a numerical simulation of an optical system
during the course an optical links simulator will be introduced.