NEW! Background Concepts of Optical Communication Systems

Instructor: Alan Willner

Wednesday, 25 October 2017 - 9:00am to 4:30pm EDT

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Course Description

Optical communication systems have provided ever-increasing data transmission capacities, and there is a set of core concepts that are fundamental to understanding many of the crucial technical areas.  The intent of this course is to provide key background information to enable participants to facilitate an understanding of more advanced topics in this area.

Participants will be provided with an overview of the field that concentrates on a number of specific topics, including:
1. Introduction to optical systems (point-to-point links, reconfigurable networks, line/client, switching techniques)
2. Communications concepts (SNR, ISI, BER, PRBS, eye diagrams, link budget, data standards)
3. Channel multiplexing techniques (time, wavelength, subcarrier, space, polarization)
4. Fiber-based data-degrading effects (loss, chromatic dispersion, polarization-mode dispersion, polarization-dependent loss)
5. Amplifiers (EDFA and Raman, gain flattening, gain transients)
6. Nonlinear effects, dispersion management and fiber types
7. Modulation formats, capacity and data constellations (OOK, PSK, QAM, OFDM)
8. Direct and coherent detection schemes
9. Mitigating data impairments: optical (tunable compensators) and electronic (DSP, FEC)
10. Basics of lightwave system modeling

Who Should Attend

This introductory course is intended for an audience with at least some technical background in engineering, physics or related disciplines, and is ideally suited for engineers who want to learn more about optical fiber communication systems.  

Instructor

NEW! Background Concepts of Optical Communication Systems

Alan Willner

Ph.D., Professor, University of Southern California

Alan Willner received the Ph.D. (1988) in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University, was a Postdoctoral Member of the Technical Staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories, and was a Member of Technical Staff at Bellcore. Prof. Willner is currently the Steven and Kathryn Sample Chaired Professor in Engineering  at the Univ. of Southern California. He is a member of the Army Science Board, was a Member of the Defense Sciences Research Council, has served on many scientific advisory boards, and has advised several venture capital firms.

Prof. Willner’s honors include: Member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering; International Fellow of the U.K. Royal Academy of Engineering; Presidential Faculty Fellows Award from the White House; IEEE Eric E. Sumner Award; Guggenheim, Packard, and Fulbright Foundation Fellowships; Egleston Medal for Distinguished Engineering Achievement from Columbia Engineering Alumni Association; Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors; Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) J.J. Thomson Medal; Honorary Professor of Huazhong Univ. of Science & Technology; the Optical Society (OSA) Paul Forman Engineering Excellence Award; IEEE Photonics Society Engineering Achievement Award; SPIE President's Award; IEEE Photonics Society Distinguished Lecturer Award; USC Associates Award for University-Wide Excellence in Teaching; Eddy Paper Award from Pennwell Publications for the Best Contributed Technical Article; and IEEE Globecom Best Paper Award. He is a Fellow of the AAAS, IEEE, IET, OSA and SPIE.

Prof. Willner has held several organizational leadership positions including Co-Chair of the U.S. National Academies Study on Optics and Photonics, President of OSA, and President of IEEE Photonics Society.  He has also been editor-in-chief for three leading industry publications from IEEE and OSA.  Prof. Willner has 1300 publications, including one book, 6 edited books, 30 U.S. patents, 24 keynotes/plenaries, 20 book chapters, 360 refereed journal papers, and 225 invited papers/presentations. His research is in optical technologies including communications, signal processing, networks, and subsystems.

Learning Objectives

This course should enable participants to:

  • Understand basic concepts of an optical communication system.
  • Identify different types of modulation and multiplexing formats.
  • Compute a simple optical power budget.
  • Explain key differences between direct and coherent detection systems.

Course Content

1. Introduction to optical systems (point-to-point links, reconfigurable networks, line/client, switching techniques)
2. Communications concepts (SNR, ISI, BER, PRBS, eye diagrams, link budget, data standards)
3. Channel multiplexing techniques (time, wavelength, subcarrier, space, polarization)
4. Fiber-based data-degrading effects (loss, chromatic dispersion, polarization-mode dispersion, polarization-dependent loss)
5. Amplifiers (EDFA and Raman, gain flattening, gain transients)
6. Nonlinear effects, dispersion management and fiber types
7. Modulation formats, capacity and data constellations (OOK, PSK, QAM, OFDM)
8. Direct and coherent detection schemes
9. Mitigating data impairments: optical (tunable compensators) and electronic (DSP, FEC)
10. Basics of lightwave system modeling

Course Materials

Each registered participant receives a copy of instructor slides and access to the recording of the course for 15 business days after the live lecture. Earn 0.6 IEEE Continuing Education Untis for participating upon completion of post-course evaluation.

Course Cancellation and Refund Policy: 

Requests for online course cancellations must be received 3 business days prior to the course date for a full refund. Once course materials have been shared with a participant, cancellation and refund requests cannot be accommodated.

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