Seminar on Optical Communications

Lecturer (assistant)
Duration3 SWS
TermSommersemester 2021
Language of instructionGerman
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DatesSee TUMonline


Admission information


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 and 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.


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

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.


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


Open Topics

The "Seminar on Optical Communications" is organized and held together with "Seminar on Coding and Cryptography" and "Seminar on Digital Communications".

You need to apply for available topics of your interest by 12.04.2021.

It does not matter for which one you register (please pick *one*), we will assign you to the right one once you passed the application phase.

You can find a list of open topics for this seminar below. You can find an overview about the list of open topics of all three seminars here: Open Topics