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Photonic Communications Engineering (PCE) consists of two parts (I and II). Each part is further broken down into three courses: PCE IA, PCE IB, and PCE IC. PCE IA covers optical fiber light guiding, wave propagation characteristics, materials properties, and fabrication. PCE IB covers optical transmitters, receivers and amplifiers. PCE IC covers communications systems, fiber optics networks, and Internet infrastructure. Sections A, B, and C are each 1 credit and can be taken in any combination. When all three sections are taken together the course is designed as a survey, from the device to the systems level, of Photonic Communications Engineering. Reference material for the course is in a digital platform to allow dense hyper-linking between topics so that students from various disciplines can customize the reading material to their individual background knowledge.
Three 50-minute lecture sessions per week. Approximately ten homework problem sets during semester. There will also be two midterm exams, one final group project plus bonus problems that may come in the form of extra problem sets and/or in-class surprise quizzes. There will not be a final exam, however students SHOULD be available on the day and time of the final n case the instructor judges that oral examination is required. Students should be prepared for such an examination on the day and time of the final exam.