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ETOP -- Education and Training in Optics & Photonics Conference



Courses I taught

Undergraduate:
  • ECE110 Electrical Fundamentals
      A simplified overview of the physics of electricity and magnetism. An introduction to circuit analysis: resistive circuits, nodal and mesh analysis; network theorems. Natural and forced response of RL and RC circuits. Sinusoidal steady-state analysis, frequency response, and power in AC circuits. Operational amplifier circuits.

  • ECE318 Fundamentals of Optics
      This course provides a tool kit for future optical engineers. Introductory concepts in geometric optics, crystal optics, and wave optics are developed and applied to optical devices such as optical imaging systems, wave plates and polarization devices, interferometers, optical spectrum analyzers, and optical image processing systems.

  • ECE426 Optical Engineering
      This course provides basic tools for understanding a broad range of engineering applications of optical technology. Introductory concepts in geometric optics, crystal optics, wave optics, and lasers are developed and applied to optical devices such as optical imaging systems, wave plates and polarization splitters, interferometers, optical spectrum analyzers, lasers, and detectors. A broad overview of engineering applications of optical devices, systems and networks will be given including: lightwave communications, optical storage, optical sensors, and optical signal processing.
500-Level:
  • ECE527 Photonics I
      This course deals with theoretical and practical aspects of photonic devices and applications that are based on linear optics. Topics include: interaction of light with matter; Gaussian beams and resonator optics; periodic structures, optical thin films and gratings; photonic bandgap materials; waveguides and couplers; birefringent materials and polarization devices; semiconductor lasers and amplifiers.
Graduate:
  • ECE1449 Photonics I
      (See "ECE527" for description)

  • ECE1471 Erbium-doped Fiber Amplifiers: Design and Characterizations
      This course provides the fundamentals of erbium-doped fiber amplifiers (EDFAs) - the ubiquitous and one of the essential devices in many photonics systems, particularly, the optical communications systems. Topics include modeling optical amplification in erbium-doped fibers, noise in EDFAs, characteristics of erbium-doped fibers, gain saturation, gain clamping, gain equalization, design considerations for C-band and L-band amplification, polarization-dependent effects in EDFA, and transient gain dynamics. This course is intended to give students a theoretical background as well as hands-on experience in EDFA design, therefore, students will be provided the opportunity to design EDFAs to real-world specifications using specialized software and construct EDFA prototypes in the lab, as well as to perform a number of characterizations on the EDFA prototypes.

  • ECE1474 Fiber Lasers and Amplifiers
      Fibre lasers and amplifiers are among the mostly widely employed photonic devices, and they are playing an increasingly important role in various kinds of optical applications. This course deals with the theoretical and practical aspects of fibre lasers and amplifiers. To accommodate students with varied backgrounds, topics are separated into two categories: basic and advanced. Basic topics include: lightwaves and their properties; Gaussian beams; waveguide/fiber modes and mode coupling; dispersion; principles of lasers and amplifiers; Q-switch and mode-locked lasers; fiber nonlinearities. Advanced topics include: doped fibre lasers and amplifiers; Raman fibre lasers and amplifiers; Brillouin fibre lasers and amplifiers; fibre parametric amplifiers; high-power fibre lasers; mode-locking of fibre lasers; numerical methods in laser/amplifier modeling.



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Our Contribution to ETOP

ETOP is an international conference that brings together educators from around the world to share information about the practice of teaching optics at all levels. Its the goal is to bring together leading optics and photonics educators from all levels and orientations to discuss, demonstrate and learn about new developments and approaches to teaching in these fields. ETOP addresses topics at the pre-college, technician and two-year, four-year and graduate-equivalent levels.

This year, we are the first team ever from the University of Toronto to contribute to this education conference. We presented my design of a lab on Erbium-Doped Fiber Lasers and Amplifiers.