When an optical signal is transmitted as a free Laser beam through the atmosphere, several effects occur that must be understood and characterized. For this purpose, an in-house propagation simulation tool has been developed within the Institute. This tool, called PILab, is based on the theory of Fourier optics. Besides rendering the diffraction effects of free-space propagation, PILab enables the modelling of atmospheric turbulence which is responsible for severe random distortions of the optical wave. PILab source code is based on Matlab® with the need to improve reliability and processing speeds. Verification of the updated PILab source code will be conducted by simulating different free-space optical (FSO) communication links scenarios, supporting several projects involving links between ground stations, aircrafts, satellites, etc.
The scope of the work can be either focused on software architecture (design, development and optimization) or simulations of FSO communication links, depending on the previous background and interests of the prospective candidate.
Studies in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Physics (or similar), Strong Matlab programming skills, Experience with OOP (OOP with Matlab is a plus) and UML is desired, Interest in optics and free-space optical communications (previous knowledge in FSO is a plus)