Fiber Optics Technology & Applications

Course Length:



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


REGISTRATION:  There is no obligation or payment required to enter the Registration for an actively scheduled course.   We understand that you may need approvals but please register as early as possible or contact us so we know of your interest in this course offering.

SCHEDULING:  If this course is not on the current schedule of open enrollment courses and you are interested in attending this or another course as an open enrollment, please contact us at (410)956-8805 or Please indicate the course name, number of students who wish to participate. and a preferred time frame. ATI typically schedules open enrollment courses with a 3-5 month lead-time.   To express your interest in an open enrollment course not on our current schedule, please email us at

For on-site pricing, you can use the request an on-site quote form, call us at (410)956-8805, or email us at




  • 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.

    Contact this instructor (please mention course name in the subject line)

Request On-Site Quote