Single-Course English 5 ECTS

Optical Communications Journal Club

Overall Course Objectives

To practice reading, critical evaluation, and scientific discussion of state-of-the art scientific journal articles.
To obtain an overview of some of the currently most important research topics in the field of optical communications.

Learning Objectives

  • Improve their skills in reading and assessment of scientific articles
  • Use litterature search to help understanding a scientific issue
  • Practice the oral presentation of a scientific topic
  • Practice the discussion and solution of scientific problems in cooperation with fellow students
  • Perform constructive criticism and review of a scientific presentation by fellow students
  • Identify the main challenges of today’s optical communication systems
  • Obtain an overview of the main topics in modern research in optical communications
  • Relate the modern research in optical communication to one’s own research topic

Course Content

The articles studied during the course will cover some of the hottest research topics in modern optical communications. The topics will include high-capacity and spectrally efficient data transmission in optical fibres, spatial multiplexing, silicon photonics, optical signal processing etc. (see keywords). A number of potential papers/topics will be presented at the beginning of the course.

Recommended prerequisites

34130/34150, A basic knowledge of optical communication systems such as obtained in the course 34130.

Teaching Method

Seminar/discussion group. Every week, a specific journal paper is studied
and discussed by all participants. As preparation for the seminar, the participants are divided into groups who cooperate on studying and understanding the paper. At the seminar, the groups meet to present and
discuss the paper.



Keywords (some of the possible topics): High-capacity and high spectral efficiency optical data, super-channels, orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (optical OFDM), Nyquist wavelength division multiplexing (Nyquist WDM), spatial multiplexing (multicore- and multimode optical data transmission), silicon photonics, non-linear optical signal processing, optical parametric processes, time-lenses, optical regeneration.

Limited number of seats

Minimum: 4.

Please be aware that this course will only be held if the required minimum number of participants is met. You will be informed 8 days before the start of the course, whether the course will be held.

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13 weeks




DTU Lyngby Campus

Course code 34192
Course type PhD
Semester start Week 5
Semester end Week 19

10.600,00 DKK

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