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.
Chapter 1: From RF to Optical Fibers
Chapter 2: Optical Fiber Characteristics
Chapter 3: Optical Fiber Performance
Chapter 4: Optical Sources for Fibers
Chapter 5: Optical Detectors and Receivers
Chapter 6: Optical Components
Chapter 7: Optical Fiber Systems
Chapter 8: Future Directions - Telecommunications
Appendix: Review Problems