Seminar on Optical Communications

Module Number: EI77014

Duration: 1 Semester

Ocurrence: Winter Semester and Summer Semester

Language: English

Number of ECTS: 5


Professor in charge: Norbert Hanik

Amount of Work

Contact hours: 45

Self-study hours: 105

Total: 150

Description of Achievement and Assessment Methods

- Written thesis about results (30%)
- 20 minute oral presentation about given topic & results plus
10 minutes discussion (50%)
- own contributions in discussion (20%)

Prerequisites (recommended)

The module 'Optical Communication Systems' (EI5075) should be completed successfully
- complementary module 'Digital Signal Processing for Optical Communication Systems (EI71067)' is highly recommended

Intended Learning Outcomes

By participating in this course, the students are able to familiarize with a scientific topic and summarize its core aspects. They can write scientific articles with appropriate structure an can present the core aspects in a short talk. Students have developed a general understanding about research and about contributing to a scientific discussion.


This seminar treats current research developments in the area of Optical Communications (e.g. optical carrier modulation and detection, linear and nonlinear properties of optical channels and subsystems, optical fibers and waveguides, linear / nonlinear equalization, ...). Students select their own topic out of a list which is updated every semester. Each participant summarizes results, gives a scientific presentation and participates in a scientific discussion.

Teaching and learning methods

Every participant works on her/his own scientific task. Each student obtains dedicated supervision by a scientific employee, who introduces the student into scientific literature research and gives guidelines in writing the report. An introductory lecture provides basic concepts of scientific talks.


- computer-aided presentation of results by the participant

Reading List

will be provided, depending on the concrete topic