Dr. George C. Papen

Super Course Faculty
Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering,University of California at San Diego George C. Papen is a professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California at San Diego. His research is in systems applications of optics in computing and communication. Current research topics include the development of robust optical interconnects for applications within computing systems and developing coding techniques to mitigate signal impairments in optical communication systems. Email:


Module 1:  System Overview

  • 1.1 Digital Communication Systems
    • 1.1.1 Layer Models
    • 1.1.2 Physical Layer
  • 1.2 Lightwave Communication Systems
  • 1.3 Lightwave Signals
    • 1.3.1 Optical Sensing
  • 1.4 Modulation and Demodulation
    • 1.4.1 Amplitude Modulation
    • 1.4.2 Noncoherent Carriers
  • 1.5 Lightwave Channel Models
  • 1.6 Coded Modulation
  • 1.7 Multiplexing
  • 1.8 Channel Capacity
  • 1.9 Historical Perspective
  • 1.10 References
  • 1.11 Problems

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