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 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
Embry Aeronautical University, USA.
Malcolm Romeiser teaches at Embry Aeronautical University, Prescott, AZ, and consults within the industry. Prior to teaching, he managed R&D groups at Bell Laboratories on a wide variety of transmission technologies. Involved in optical fiber technology since its inception, he led an optical fiber systems research group at Bellcore in the late 1980's.