University of Wisconsin Madison
Optoelectronics Lab (E C E 313) Syllabus
Course Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcome
  • 1
    Students will be able to make standard fiber optic measurements and operate standard fiber optic instrumentation.
  • 2
    Students will understand the basics of our modern fiber optic telecommunications systems.
Optoelectronics Lab
E C E 313 ( 1 Credits )
Light detection using photovoltaic and photoconductive detectors and phototransistors. Light generation using light emitting diodes and laser diodes. Light transmission using optical fibers. Optoisolators and optical switches. Light emitting diode and liquid crystal displays.
ECE 271; 340; or cons inst
College: College of Engineering
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Text book, title, author, and year

Lab Notebook, Optoelectronics Lab, by L. McCaughan. Updated 2009.

Can be downloaded by students on ECE 313 website.

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Required / Elective / Selected Elective
Selected Elective
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Brief List of Topics to be Covered


  1. Properties of waveguide in fiber; total internal reflection; effect of refractive index on waveguiding properties.
  2. Mechanical properties of optical fiber,  fiber optic connectors, optical loss measurements, fiber splices
  3. Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) & Laser diodes: optical spectroscopy; laser diode performance characterization.
  4. Passive Fiber Optic Devices, evanescent couplers; wavelength division multiplexers (WDM), power splitters, designing a WDM.
  5. Photodetectors: electrical and optical characterization.  Characterization of electro-optic modulators.
  6. Optical Time Domain Reflectometry (OTDR) – how it works;  measuring fiber loss/length and splice losses with commercial OTDR instrument. Locating a fault in an unknown fiber system.
  7. Design, construct, and characterize a bi-directional fiber optic link: measure insertion loss & crosstalk.
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