A Modern and Interactive Approach to Learning Laser and Optical Communications
Blackwell Publishers Ltd
Faculty of Computing, Health and Science
School of Engineering and Mathematics
A novel photonics simulation experiment module that offers students an understanding and visualization of how lasers can be modulated to encode data signals onto optical carriers for optical fiber communications is described. The module includes pseudo-random digital inputs and decoding of bit error rates to enable realistic simulation of the key aspects for optical communications and allows students to investigate critical effects in optical communications. The module uses a student-centered approach to learning, and student feedback has been extremely positive, resulting in successful learning outcomes.