Images and Communication

School of Physics and Astronomy

College of Engineering and Physical Sciences


Code 17302

Level of study Third/Final year

Credit value 10

Semester 1

Module description

Most of us are familiar with the concept of digital image processing. The idea that 'the camera can never lie' is no longer valid. Image processing can be performed directly on an optical image. This course is an introduction to coherent optical image processing through the medium of diffraction; together with an approach to imaging with non-coherent light. Fourier theory underlies much of the mathematics of the course.

The second part of the course is concerned with fibre optic communications. A simple introduction using Maxwell's equations will be given to the performance of optical fibres and an overview of optical communications with fibre optics will be explored.