Understanding Fiber Optics, 5th ed.

by Jeff Hecht

Published by Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ, 2005

ISBN 013-117429-0


A Few Words From The Author

Understanding Fiber Optics is a tutorial introduction tofiber-optic communications and optical networking. It's written to be easily accessible to people entering the fiber-optics field, and is widely used as an introductory textbook, for corporate training, or self-study. The book will help you understand the field, including such hot topics as wavelength division multiplexing and optical switching. It includes a buzzword-to-English glossary, and tables of those standard data rates and formulas that you wish you could remember. This book won't prepare you for heavy-duty system design, but neither will it baffle you with partial differential equations.

Table of Contents

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1. Introduction
2. Fundamentals of fiber-optic technology
3. Fundamentals of Communications
4. Types of Optical Fibers
5. Properties of Optical Fibers
6. Fiber materials and Fiber manufacture
7. Special-purpose fibers
8. Cabling
9. Light sources
10. Transmitters
11. Receivers
12. Repeaters, regenerators, and optical amplifiers
13. Connectors and Splices
14: Couplers and other passive components:
15: Wavelength-Division Multiplexing Optics
16: Optical Switches, Modulators, and other Active components
17. Fiber-Optic Measurements
18: Troubleshooting and Test Equipment
19: System and Optical Networking Concepts
20. Fiber System Standards
21: Single-Channel System Design
22: Optical Networking System Design
23: Global Telecommunication Applications
24: Regional and Metro Telecommunications
25: Local Telephone or "Access" Networks
26 Computers and Local-Area Networks
27. Video transmission
28: Mobile Fiber-Optic Communications
29. Fiber-optic Sensors
30. Imaging and Illuminating Fiber Optics

A: Important Constants, Units, Conversion Factors, and Equations
B: Decibels and Equivalent Power Ratios
C. Standard Time-Division Multiplexing Rates
D. ITU Frequencies and Wavelengths for L- and C-bands
E. Laser and Fiber Safety
F. Fiber-Optic Resources

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