Catalog 2017-2018 
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Catalog 2017-2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

LASR 220 Communication, Imaging, and Remote Sensing

6 credits
This course will provide the student with a fundamental overview and understanding of common Photonics applications. Students will develop an in-depth understanding of fiber optic communication and non-contact measurement photonic systems and acquire skills that have broad based industry relevance. Industry standard documentation and work place performance will be covered thoroughly. This course is built upon a comprehensive laboratory program that develops a practical intuition to complement conceptual understanding. Safety standards and procedures will be emphasized throughout the course to thoroughly familiarize the student with the proper photonics work environment.

Prerequisites: LASR 201  

Quarters Offered: Spring

Student Outcomes/Competencies:
Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Measure and calculate coupler split ratio
  • Measure power and compare with power budget to assess performance of given fiber-optic systems
  • Determine dispersion characteristics of optical fibers
  • Use erbium-doped fiber amplifiers for signal regeneration
  • Install and use electro-optic (EO) and acousto-optic (AO) devices (e.g. Q-switching)
  • Use mechanical splices to join fibers
  • Interpret and implement general imaging requirements
  • Set up and align Mach-Zehnder interferometers
  • Perform setup and calibration of imaging systems
  • Measure wavefront aberrations
  • Perform digital image processing
  • Design and test photodetector circuits
  • Setup and describe basic focal plane array system (e.g. CCD’s)
  • Analyze and evaluate interferometric fringe patterns

Total Hours: 90 Lecture Hours: 30 Lab or Clinical Hours: 60