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Demonstration of theoretical and experimental simulations in fiber optics course
Author(s): Tianfu Yao; Xiaolin Wang; Jianhua Shi; Bing Lei; Wei Liu; Wei Wang; Haojun Hu

Paper Abstract

“Fiber optics” course plays a supporting effect in the curriculum frame of optics and photonics at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Moreover, the course can be treated as compulsory for students specialized in the fiber-related field, such as fiber communication, fiber sensing and fiber light source. The corresponding content in fiber optics requires the knowledge of geometrical and physical optics as background, including basic optical theory and fiber components in practice. Thus, to help the students comprehend the relatively abundant and complex content, it is necessary to investigate novel teaching method assistant the classic lectures. In this paper, we introduce the multidimensional pattern in fiber-optics teaching involving theoretical and laboratory simulations. First, the theoretical simulations is demonstrated based on the self-developed software named “FB tool” which can be installed in both smart phone with Android operating system and personal computer. FB tool covers the fundamental calculations relating to transverse modes, fiber lasers and nonlinearities and so on. By comparing the calculation results with other commercial software like COMSOL, SFTool shows high accuracy with high speed. Then the laboratory simulations are designed including fiber coupling, Erbium doped fiber amplifiers, fiber components and so on. The simulations not only supports students understand basic knowledge in the course, but also provides opportunities to develop creative projects in fiber optics.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 August 2017
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 10452, 14th Conference on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics: ETOP 2017, 1045204 (16 August 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2264211
Show Author Affiliations
Tianfu Yao, National Univ. of Defense Technology (China)
Xiaolin Wang, National Univ. of Defense Technology (China)
Jianhua Shi, National Univ. of Defense Technology (China)
Bing Lei, National Univ. of Defense Technology (China)
Wei Liu, National Univ. of Defense Technology (China)
Wei Wang, National Univ. of Defense Technology (China)
Haojun Hu, National Univ. of Defense Technology (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10452:
14th Conference on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics: ETOP 2017
Xu Liu; Xi-Cheng Zhang, Editor(s)

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