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Course Descriptions

The Optical Engineering bachelor’s degree program is one of the few in the country. This program provides a firm foundation for those interested in continuing thier studies in optics at the graduate level, as well as for those going into industry. The curriculum was developed by the faculty with input from industrial representatives as well as from renowned national and international optics educators. Because of the diverse applications of optics, the curriculum contains a mix of courses in physics and mathematics as well as humanities and social sciences. The Optical Engineering program at Rose‑Hulman stresses laboratory instruction. We also encourage students to look at options for a double major, especially Optical Engineering with electrical, computer or mechanical engineering.

OE 393 - Fiber Optics & Applications

  • Credit Hours: 3.5R-1.5L-4C
  • Term Available: W (every other year)
  • Prerequisites: OE 295, and either PH 316 or ECE 340 or consent of instructor
  • Corequisites: None

Step-index and graded-index fibers; single-mode and multi-mode fibers; numerical aperture; attenuation and dispersion; fabrication of optical fibers and cables; fiber measurements; source coupling, splices and connectors; point-to-point links; selected applications such as fiber optic sensors and fiber optic system components. Slab and cylindrical dielectric waveguides, silicon waveguides, mode cutoff conditions; effective index of propagating mode, examples of silicon passive and active devices. Relevant laboratory experiments.

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