Credits: 3


Prerequisites: ENES232 and MATH241.

Semesters Offered

Fall 2017, Spring 2023, Spring 2024

Learning Objectives

The aim of this course is to introduce students to fiber optics, provide students a background in the fields of fiber optics including fiber optic components and terminology, and equip the students with an ability to understand and evaluate various kinds of fiber optic sensors for a wide range of applications, along with a detailed understanding of relevant signal processing and analysis techniques. This course will consist of both traditional lectures and hands-on laboratory experiences. Students will be examined on both portions of the coursework.

Topics Covered

Introduction to light and fiber, optical fibers, fiber optic devices, fiber optic sensor systems, optical modulation and detection.

Learning Outcomes

  • an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  • an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

Additional Course Information


Yu, Miao



  • Jeff Hecht, Understanding Fiber Optics (5th edition), Prentice Hall, 2005.
  • R. Hui and M. O’Sullivan, Fiber Optic Measurement Techniques, Elsevier Academic Press, 2009.
  • E. Udd, Fiber Optic Sensors: An Introduction for Engineers and Scientists, John Wiley, 2006.
  • K.T.V. Grattan and B.T. Meggitt, Optical Fiber Sensor Technology. Chapman Hall, 1992.
  • Bahaa E.A. Saleh and Malvin C. Teich, Fundamentals of Photonics, John Wiley & Sons, 1991.

Class/Laboratory Schedule 

  • Two 75 minute lectures per week
Last Updated By 
Miao Yu, September 2017