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CAD-supported university course on photonics and fiber optic communications
Author(s): David K. C. Chan; Andre Richter

Paper Abstract

The highly competitive global photonics industry has created a significant demand for professional Photonic Design Automation (PDA) tools and personnel trained to use them effectively. In such a dynamic field, CAD-supported courses built around widely used industrial PDA tools provide many advantages, especially when offered through tertiary education institutions (which are ideally suited to producing the future workforce of the Photonics industry). An objective of VPIsystems' University program is to develop tertiary level courses based on VPIsystems' WDM transmission and component modeling software tools. Advantages offered by such courses include: visualizing and aiding the understanding of complex physical problems encountered in the design of fiber-optic communication systems; virtual laboratory exercises that can accurately reproduce the behavior of real systems and components without the prohibitive infrastructure and maintenance costs of real laboratories; flexibility in studying interrelated physical effects individually or in combination to facilitate learning; provide expertise and practical insights in areas, including industry-focused topics, that are not generally covered in traditional tertiary courses; provide exposure to, currently, the most widely used PDA tools in the industry. In this paper, details of VPIsystems' University program and its CAD-supported Photonics courses will be presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 May 2002
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 4588, Seventh International Conference on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics, (28 May 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.468735
Show Author Affiliations
David K. C. Chan, VPIsystems (Australia)
Andre Richter, VPIsystems (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4588:
Seventh International Conference on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics
Tuan-Kay Lim; Robert P. Breault; Arthur H. Guenther; Arthur H. Guenther, Editor(s)

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