In "Optical Fibers," a chapter download from The Cable and Telecommunications Handbook, Volume 2, Third Edition, (Focal Press, 2008), telecommunications consultant Takis Hadjifotiou examines the history and evolution of optical fiber and optical fiber communications, the characteristics and use of special fibers in optical networks, and fiber loss and dispersion. Hadjifotiou also walks readers through several of the mathematical equations necessary to build and maintain optical networks. Chapter 5 Optical Fibers offers readers a comprehensive understanding of the structure of optical fibers and how to use them effectively in an optical network.
This chapter includes in-depth information on:
- The structure and physics of an optical fiber
- Material characteristics of fibers -- Losses
- Material characteristics of fibers -- Dispersion
- Multimode fibers
- Single-mode fibers
- Special single-mode fibers
- Special fibers
- Nonlinear optical effects in fiber
- Future evolution of optical fiber communications
Download the chapter: Optical Fibers, Chapter 5 (PDF).
About the book: The Cable and Telecommunications Handbook, Volume 2, Third Edition, edited by Goff Hill (Focal Press, 2008) examines the history and evolution of network convergence, as well as the need for more efficient multiplexing schemes and flexible control methods, the development of standards initiatives and the mathematics necessary for successful construction of wireless and optical fiber systems.
Printed with permission from Focal Press, a division of Elsevier. Copyright 2008. "The Cable and Telecommunications Professionals' Reference, V2, 3e," by Goff Hill. For more information about this title and other similar books, please visit Focal Press.
This was first published in July 2009