Fiber Optics Technology & Applications


This three-day course is de­signed for technical people with a wide variety of backgrounds who wish to enhance their understand­ing of Fiber-Optics or become famil­iar with the applications of FO. The various properties of Fibers of a wide variety of types will be discussed along with applications for which they can be used. Special emphasis will be put on using fibers for Laser Power Delivery, a subject not found in textbooks.

What you will learn:

    • What are the Emerging issues for the use of Fiber-Optic system in both military and commercial applications
    • Future Opportunities in Fiber-Optics applications, and much more!)
    • Overcoming Challenges in Fiber-Optic Systems (bandwidth expansion, real-time global connectivity, survivability & more)
    • Measuring the Key Performance Tradeoffs (cost vs. size/weight vs. availability vs. power vs. transmission distance)
    • Tools and Techniques for Meeting the Requirements of Data Rate, Availability, and transmitting high power beams without damage to the fiber or degradation of the light transmitted.

From this course you will obtain the knowledge and ability to perform basic FO systems engineering calculations, identify tradeoffs, interact meaningfully with colleagues, evaluate systems, and understand the literature.

Course Outline:

  1. Intro to FO, Fundamentals, Components, Communications Fiber Optic Communication Systems. Introduction to analog and digital fiber optic systems including terrestrial, undersea, CATV, gigabit Ethernet, RF antenna remoting, and plastic optical fiber data links.
  2. Types of Fibers, Properties of Fibers, Fiber Material, Structure, etc.Optics and Lightwave Fundamentals. Ray theory, numerical aperture, diffraction, electromagnetic waves, polarization, dispersion, Fresnel reflection, optical waveguides, birefringence, phase velocity, group velocity.
  3. Specialty Fibers, Cabling, Light Sources Optical Fibers. Step-index fibers, graded-index fibers, attenuation, optical modes, dispersion, non-linearity, fiber types, bending loss.
  4. Transmitters, Receivers, Amplification, Regeneration & Wavelength.Optical Transmitters. Introduction to semiconductor physics, FP, VCSEL, DFB lasers, direct modulation, linearity, RIN noise, dynamic range, temperature dependence, bias control, drive circuitry, threshold current, slope efficiency, chirp. Lasers, LEDS, Fiber Amplifiers, wavelength and technology options. Optical Receivers. Quantum properties of light, PN, PIN, APD, design, thermal noise, shot noise, sensitivity characteristics, BER, front end electronics, bandwidth limitations, linearity, quantum efficiency. Optical Amplifiers. EDFA, Raman, semiconductor, gain, noise, dynamics, power amplifier, pre- amplifier, line amplifier.
  5. Connector, Couplers, WDM Optical Cables and Connectors. Types, construction, fusion splicing, connector types, insertion loss, return loss, connector care. Passive Fiber Optic Components. Couplers, isolators, circulators, WDM filters, Add-Drop multiplexers, attenuators. Specification Sheets. Interpreting optical component spec. sheets – what makes the best design component for a given application.
  6. Switches, Modulators, Measurements, Troubleshooting Optical Modulators. Mach-Zehnder interferometer, Electro-optic modulator, electro-absorption modulator, linearity, bias control, insertion loss, polarization.
  7. Networking, Standards, System Design (briefly)
  8. Network design, Global Telecomm, Regional and Metro (Briefly)
  9. Local Telephone/Access, Internet Networks, Video Transmission (Briefly)
  10. Mobile FO Comms, FO Sensors*, Imaging and Illumination (Briefly)
  11. Applications: Fiber-Optic Applications- Sensors (rotation “Fiber-Optic Gyroscopes”) Fiber-Optic Applications- Illumination & Material Processing (Beam Power through fibers) Fiber-Optic Applications- Bio-Medical


Tuition for this two-day course is $1990 at one of our scheduled public courses. Onsite pricing is available. Please call us at 410-956-8805 or send an email to


  • Dr. James Pierre Hauck

    is a consultant to industry and government defense labs. He is an expert in fiber-optics systems having used them for a variety of systems in which CW or Pulsed laser power is delivered to targets.

    Dr. Hauck’s work with lasers and optics began about 40 years ago when he studied Quantum Electronics at the University of CA Irvine. After completing the Ph.D. in Physics, he went to work for Rockwell’s Electronics Research Center, working Lasers and Applications, and later on Fiber-Optics, and Optical Comms Systems.

    Jim Hauck’s work on Fiber-Optics began in the 1990’s when he developed systems for delivery of high power laser beams for materials processing. He continued that work with the use of FO for laser power delivery in optical dazzlers and imagers, and Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy Systems.

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