The field of fiber optics has seen an explosive growth over the last three decades because of its numerous applications in many diverse areas like communications, sensors, signal processing etc. As such, it has become very necessary to teach such a course as a part of the undergraduate program in Electrical Engineering as well as in Physics. In addition to its many facet applications, a study of this field enables easy visualization of various physical concepts like normal modes and super modes, dispersion and chirping, nonlinear phenomena like solitons, polarization dependent phenomena, etc. Such a course also affords easy elucidation of quantum mechanical phenomena like quantization and tunneling. The talk will discuss several aspects of this exciting field and how it allows easy understanding of difficult physical concepts.
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