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Optical Fibers and RF: A natural combination

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Author(s): Malcolm Romeiser 1
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Publication Year: 2004

The optical fiber industry has experienced a period of consolidation and reorganization and is now poised for a new surge in growth. To take advantage of that growth, and to respond to the demand to use fiber more efficiently, designers need a better understanding of fiber optics. Taking the approach that optical fibers are an extension of RF-based communications, the author explains basic optical concepts, applications, and systems; the nature and performance characteristics of optical fibers; and optical sources, connectors and splices. Subsequent chapters explore current applications of fiber optic technology. Appropriate for use as a college text, this is an accessible and thorough treatment of fiber optics, without an intimidating amount of mathematical derivations.

Inspec keywords: packet switching; light propagation; spectral analysis; optical links; fibre optic sensors; glass fibres; optical receivers; optical modulation; optical fibre dispersion; light coherence; optical signal detection

Other keywords: optical components; light propagation; attenuation; optical carrier source; Internet packet switching; receiver; noncylindrical optical waveguide; optical fiber system; modulation; cylindrical glass fiber; RF bands; optical coherence limitation; analog video link; optical sensor; radio signal generation; single mode fiber; end-to-end system; light construction; light signal detection; light signal generation; spectral efficiency; digital link; dispersion; multimode fiber; optical integrated circuits

Subjects: Signal detection; Light propagation; General electrical engineering topics; Optical communication equipment; Free-space optical links; Modulation and coding methods; Multiplexing and switching in optical communication; Fibre optics

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