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Practical introduction to optical WDM components and systems in student teaching laboratories
Author(s): Iain Mauchline; Douglas Walsh; David Moodie; Steve Conner; Walter Johnstone; Brian Culshaw

Paper Abstract

In this paper we describe a new family of teaching packages designed to offer a practical introduction for graduate students of Science and Engineering to the topic of wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) in fibre optics. The teaching packages described here provide students with the background theory before embarking on a series of practical experiments to demonstrate the operation and characterisation of WDM components and systems. The packages are designed in a modular format to allow the user to develop from the fundamentals of fibre optical components through to the concepts of WDM and dense WDM (DWDM) systems and onto advanced topics covering aspects of Bragg gratings. This paper examines the educational objectives, background theory, and typical results for these educational packages.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 June 2007
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 9665, Tenth International Topical Meeting on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics, 966510 (3 June 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.2207346
Show Author Affiliations
Iain Mauchline, OptoSci Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Douglas Walsh, OptoSci Ltd. (United Kingdom)
David Moodie, OptoSci Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Steve Conner, OptoSci Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Walter Johnstone, Univ. of Strathclyde (United Kingdom)
Brian Culshaw, Univ. of Strathclyde (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9665:
Tenth International Topical Meeting on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics
Marc Nantel, Editor(s)

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