Course detail

Optical Communication Fundamentals and Optoelectronics

FEKT-BOPEAcad. year: 2017/2018

Students will be acquainted with radiometric and photometric quantities, metrology and hygiene aspects of optoelectronics (optoelectronic safety in the laboratory in terms of eye health) wave optics (interference, coherence, diffraction and holography), optical resonators, Gaussian beam in free space, the principle function of laser , semiconductor optoelectronics (laser diodes, LEDs, photodiodes PIN and avalanche photodiodes), the principle of light propagation in optical fibers, optical fiber links, atmospheric, mobile and space optical links and optical sensors.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

The graduate is able:
- To describe the wave and quantum manifestations of light
- To describe and explain holography, interference, diffraction and coherence
- To explain the principle of laser function
- To design optical fiber and wireless links
- To compare individual optoelectronic components and discuss their advantages and disadvantages


The subject knowledge on the secondary school level is required.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

WILFERT,O. Optoelektronika. Skripta. UREL VUT v Brně, Brno 2002, ISBN 80-214-2264-5 (CS)
WILFERT,O. Optoelektronika. Elektronický učební text. UREL VUT v Brně, Brno 2002, REL 023 (CS)
SALEH, B. E. A., TEICH, M. C. Základy fotoniky 1-4. Matfyzpress, Praha 1994 (CS)
GAGLIARDI, R. M., KARP, S. Optical Communications. John Wiley, New York 1995 (EN)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Techning methods include lectures and practical laboratories. Course is taking advantage of e-learning (Moodle) system. Students have to write a single project during the course.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Evaluation: 2 tests (up to 12 points for both tests), 5 laboratory exercises (up to 20 points) and 1 individual project (up to 8 points). The test has a compulsory written part (up to 40 points) and a compulsory oral part (up 20 points). The content of the exam corresponds to the subject annotation.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. Metrological aspects of optoelectronics
2. Optical spectrum and characteristics of radiation
3. Interferometry and optical interferometers
4. Diffraction, holography and thermograms
5. Optical components and their characteristics
6. Lasers and laser diodes
7. LED and photodiodes
8. Sensors and displays
9. Fiber optics
10. Optical fiber links
11. Optical wireless links
12. Optical sensors (lidars and laser radars)
13. Future of the optoelectronics


The aim of the course is to acquaint students with medical, sanitary and metrological aspects of optoelectronics, wave optics and quantum manifestations of light. The next goal is to explain the function of the resonator and the principle of laser functions and to analyze semiconductor optoelectronics, light propagation in optical fibers and problems of optical communications and optical sensors.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Evaluation of activities is specified by a regulation, which is issued by the lecturer responsible for the course annually.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme EEKR-B Bachelor's

    branch B-EST , 3. year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, optional specialized

  • Programme EEKR-CZV lifelong learning

    branch ET-CZV , 1. year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, optional specialized

Type of course unit



39 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer

Laboratory exercise

13 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer