Date of Award

Summer 1978

Degree Type

Master's Essay - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Electrical and Computer Engineering


The analysis for defining design parameters of most optical communication systems is customarily accomplished through a determination of the propagation characteristics of the system components via a solution of Maxwell's equations for specific boundry value problems. This usually requires relatively complex mathematical computations and a rather difficult conceptual model which limits the degree to which it can be meanigfully presented to middle managers and craft personnel of operating telephone companies. The rapid advancement of this technology has left an information gap between the design engineer and the operating personnel who are required to implement and maintain optical communication systems. The geometrical optics approach can be utilized to convey the concepts of light propagation and serve as a first order approximation in system design.