ENME 489R - Fiber Optics

3 Credits




  • 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.


This course discusses the basics of optics, light guiding principles in optical fibers, properties of optical fibers, passive and active fiber optic devices, optical fiber sensor systems, optical modulation and detection techniques. 


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.


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

Class/Laboratory Schedule 

  • Two 75 minute lectures per week

Last Updated By 
Miao Yu, September 2017