The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

San Diego Convention Center,
San Diego, California, USA

Short Courses

SC395 - Modeling and Simulation of Optical Transmitter and Receiver Components

Sunday, 03 March
09:00 - 13:00

Short Course Level: Beginner and Advanced Beginner


Harald Rohde and Robert Palmer; Elenion, Germany

Short Course Description:

The course concentrates on the modeling of the transmitter and receiver components of coherent optical communication systems. Specifically, the course contains a section about the simulation of optical transmission systems and then focuses on the properties and impairments of IQ-Modulators, Driver Amplifiers and Integrated Coherent Receivers. Based on the numerical component models, the impact of real life device impairments is shown and evaluated. The course demonstrates how different design parameters influence the properties of the components.

During the course, programming models of the components will be developed. Their use and the effect of varying impairments of the components will be demonstrated. Please note that topics like the modelling of the optical fiber and detailed DSP implementations are covered in other short courses. Therefore, while SC395 contains a BER estimation block (thus a very basic DSP), a full DSP implementation exceeds the scope. The simulations and demonstrations are done in Matlab, but also a functional identical version of the code in Python is supplied. The participants receive a copy of the demonstrated simulation code.

Short Course Benefits:

This course enables participants to numerically model components for coherent transmission systems. The participants learn about the real-life impairments of such components. With this knowledge, the participants can model, design and characterize optical transceivers.

Short Course Audience:

This course is targeted for researchers and students who want to learn how to model transceiver components for coherent optical transmission systems. Basic knowledge of transmission system related mathematics (e.g. Fourier transforms) and basic communication theory knowledge is required.

Instructor Biography:

Harald Rohde worked on simulation of photonic transmission systems since he joined Siemens in 2001 after receiving his PhD in physics. He followed the various mergers and company splits through Siemens Networks, Nokia Siemens Networks, Coriant and, since 2016, Elenion Technologies. He was working on coherent access systems and moved from this to coherent long-haul systems. He started to develop and implement his own tools to focus on the special needs of the development of a coherent optical access system.  Now he is working on the design and characterization of components for coherent communication systems. He has more than 70 publications and holds more than 50 patents. He is senior member of IEEE.

Robert Palmer received his Diploma degree in physics from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Karlsruhe, Germany. From 2010 to June 2014 he was a Research Associate at the Institute of Photonics and Quantum Electronics at the KIT, Karlsruhe, Germany, where he was working towards his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering. In 2013, he received the Corning Outstanding Student Paper Award (first prize) at the Optical Fiber Communication Conference (OFC’13) and the ADVA Best Student Paper Award (first prize) at the European Conference on Optical Communication (ECOC’13) for his work on hybrid integration of Silicon Photonic integrated circuits with organic electro-optic materials.  In 2014 he joined Coriant R&D GmbH, Munich, being responsible for the design and characterization of components for coherent communication systems. He is now with Elenion Technologies. His research interests include integrated optics and coherent communication systems. He has more than 70 publications in scientific journals and conferences.


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