Simulation of Optical Communication Systems Laboratory

Module Number: EI5030

Duration: 1 Semester

Occurence: Summer semester

Language: English

Number of ECTS: 6


Professor in charge: Norbert Hanik

Amount of work

Contact hours: 60

Self-studying hours: 120

Total: 180

Description of achievement and assessment methods

In an oral exam students prove that they are able to model, simulate and optimize the function of optical components as well as complete single-channel or WDM systems by discussing their approach during the lab course with the examiner.

Exam type: oral

Exam duration: 30 min.

Possibility of re-taking: In the next semester: Yes; at the end of the semester: No

Homework: No

Lecture: No

Conversation: No

Written paper: No

recommended requirements

Differential/integral calculus, vector analysis, signal representation in time and frequency domain, statistical methods of communications engineering, electromagnetic field theory.

Lectures that generally cover the required topics:

  • Advanced mathematics
  • Communications engineering
  • Statistical signal theory
  • Signal processing
  • Electromagnetic field theory/ high frequency engineering

It is highly recommended to take the following modules additionally:

Lecture: Optical communications systems (EI5018)


'this lab course offers an introduction to modelling, simulation and physical optimization of optical communication systems. The course employs a commercial photonic system design software (Optiwave Photonic Design Tools) that is used world-wide. In the first sessions the transmitter and receiver components, i.e. Laser, external modulator and photo detector are described and analyzed in the simulation. The following sessions are dedicated to linear and nonliner fiber effects and the degradation of signal quality they cause. The last experiments deal with optical amplifiers and the optimization of the link design of optical communication systems.

Study goals

At the end of the module students are able to realistically model, simulate and optimize the function of optical components as well as complete single-channel or WDM systems, and to interpret the results correctly.

Teaching and learning methods

The studentss are proviede with a comprehensive lab manual and are expected to study the chapters prior to the lab sessions. The manual comprises an introduction into the general handling of the photonic system design software and introductions to the respective lab courses. dring the lab courses the students crete and run their own simulations according to instructions given in the manual. They are supported by well experienced tutors.

Media formats

The lab manual is written in English, tutoring can be either in German or in English language.


The following literature is recommended:

  • G. P. Agrawal: Fiber Optic Communication Systems, Wiley-Interscience, 2002
  • G. Keiser: Optical Fiber Communications, McGraw-Hill, 2000