Technician's Guide to Fiber Optics

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Cengage Learning, Dec 1, 2003 - Technology & Engineering - 384 pages
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An excellent primer for students beginning to study the subject, this current edition provides a practical, real-world perspective on the fundamentals of fiber optic technology and optical communications. It examines the reasons that optical fibers are the preferred communications medium, surpassing copper wire in all performance measures. A thorough explanation of how fibers work is offered, as well as useful coverage of other related optical components and how those components fit into system-level applications. Premises (LAN), metro, 10G Ethernet, and long-haul applications are also briefly surveyed.
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Great book, designs are well explained and the subjet is well covered in term of practical use. It stands as a great complement to theory books about fiber optics.

Contents

The Communications Revolution
3
Information Transmission
13
Its Advantages
25
Light
35
FIBEROPTIC COMPONENTS
45
The Optical Fiber
47
Fiber Characteristics
65
FiberOptic Cables
85
Connectors and Splices
171
Couplers Multiplexers and Other Devices
199
FIBEROPTIC SYSTEMS
225
Power Budgets
227
FiberOptic Cable Installation and Hardware
241
LANs
255
Telecommunications and Broadband Applications
297
Introduction to Test and Other Equipment
325

Sources
99
Detectors
129
Transmitters and Receivers
145
GLOSSARY
345
INDEX
357
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About the author (2003)

Donald J. Sterling, Jr. has over 25 years of experience as a technical and ad copywriter in the areas of electronics and high technology. He has worked with AMP, Lucent Technologies, Agere Systems, ExceLight Communications, and other leaders in optical communications. Currently, Mr. Sterling is working for an advertising agency that deals with high technology. In addition to this book, he has also written related books, which include coverage of fibers in specific applications.

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