13E064FS - Fiber Optic Sensors

Course specification
Course title Fiber Optic Sensors
Acronym 13E064FS
Study programme Electrical Engineering and Computing
Module Physical Electronics - Nanoelectronics and Photonics
Type of study bachelor academic studies
Lecturer (for classes)
Lecturer/Associate (for practice)
Lecturer/Associate (for OTC)
ESPB 6.0 Status elective
Condition No prerequisite
The goal Teach students about special optical fibers and other optical components used in the construction of fiber optic sensors (FOS). Introduction to the physical principles of operation, measurement techniques, classification and calibration of FOS. Demonstration of several FOS. Group student project where students design FOS for the concrete measurements.
The outcome Student knows working principles of all types of optical fibers and other optical components used in the fiber-optic sensors as well as the physical principles of operation, measurement techniques and classification of these sensors. Student is able to estimate when is optimal to use the fiber-optic sensors in measurement and how. Student is able to construct prototype and calibrate it.
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URL to lectures
Contents of lectures Principles of operation for fiber-optics sensors. Optical fibers, properties and technology. Measurement techniques. Intensity modulation. Interferometry and polarimetry for optical sensing. Gas spectroscopy. Fiber-optic gyroscope. Fiber Bragg gratings. Laser Doppler velocimetry. Fiber optic sensors for electric power systems. Fiber optic biosensors.
Contents of exercises Laboratory exercises in which students work with fiber optics and components on the optical table. Demonstration of Pockels effect. Demonstration of fiber-optic current and magnetic field sensors based on the Faraday effect. Demonstration of OTDR. Demonstration of fiber-optic hydrophone.
  1. Jose Miguel Lopez-Higuera: Handbook of optical fiber sensing technology, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, 2002, England (Original title)
  2. J. Dakin, B. Culshaw, Optical Fiber Sensors:Principles and components, Artech House, London, 1988 (Original title)
  3. Shizhuo Yin: Fiber Optic Sensors, CRC Press, Boca Ration, 2008, USA (Original title)
  4. B.E.A.Saleh, M.C.Teich: Fundamentals of Photonics, John Wiley & Sons, 2007, New Jersey (Original title)
Number of hours per week during the semester/trimester/year
Lectures Exercises OTC Study and Research Other classes
3 1 1
Methods of teaching 45 hours of lectures and 15 hours of laboratory exercises + two homework assignments.
Knowledge score (maximum points 100)
Pre obligations Points Final exam Points
Activites during lectures 0 Test paper 30
Practical lessons 20 Oral examination 0
Projects 50
Colloquia 0
Seminars 0