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PHO 251 Fiber Optic Systems and Devices Corequisite: PHO 252 Fiber Optic Systems and Devices Lab 3 credits Course Description This course is designed to introduce you to the basic principles of fiber optics and to give you a working knowledge of fiber optic systems and applications. Course lectures will be supplemented with instructor handouts and demonstrations. The laboratory section is designed to complement the lecture as well as give you hands-on experience with fiber optic termination and test procedures. In addition, we will have several field trips to see state of the art in fiber drawing and testing, as well as applications such as remote source lighting and fiber sensors Prerequisites:
PHO 101 Texts 1. Jeff Hecht, Understanding Fiber Optics, fifth edition 2. Instructors Notes and Handouts; web sites and journal articles.
PHO 252 Fiber Optic Systems and Devices Laboratory (1 credit) (corequisite: PHO 251 Fiber Optic Systems and Devices) The lab experiments are chosen to complement the course material, and to introduce you to fiber optic termination and testing. Several of these labs require two weeks to complete. A partial list of experiments includes: Terminating plastic fiber with ST connectors, attenuation in plastic fiber, terminating MM glass fiber with ST (or other) connectors, numerical aperture of glass and plastic fibers, connector mismatch losses, mechanical and Fusion Splicing, OTDR measurements. terminating SM glass fiber with ST connectors, assembling and describing a CWDM system, EDFA gain as a function of pump and signal power, fiber lighting and/or sensors
You will also be required to attend field trips to CT companies that produce or use optical fiber (e.g., RSL Fibersystems, Nufern, IPG Photonics, OFS). These companies hire TRCC graduates and knowing about their technology and work requirements is a vital part of the LFOT degree program. These visits will result in reports on the technology that you observed. When you successfully complete this lab course you will be able to 1. Work safely with optical fiber, sources and detectors. 2. Identify common fiber optics connectors (ST, FC, SC, and the small form connectors) 3. Apply ST connectors to plastic and to glass MM and SM fibers, polish and test for connector loss with an optical loss test set 4. Splice fibers using both fusion splicing and mechanical splicing 5. Explain how an Optical Time Domain Reflectometer (OTDR) works and identify the "events" on an OTDR trace 6. Use an OTDR to measure the attenuation of a length of single mode fiber, location of fiber breaks and the loss at a fusion or mechanical splice and connectors 7. Build and test a simple system to demonstrate wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) at two wavelengths 8. Explain the importance of fiber optic technology in southern CT for telecommunication, lighting, sensors and laser technology
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