Like many technological achievements, fiber-optic communications grew out of a succession of quests, some of them apparently unrelated. It is important to study the history of fiber optics to understand that the technology as it exists today is relatively new and still evolving.
This chapter discusses the major accomplishments that led to the creation of high-quality optical fibers and their use in high-speed communications and data transfer, as well as their integration into existing communications networks.
In this chapter, you will learn to:
Recognize the refraction of light
Identify total internal reflection
Detect cross-talk between two optical fibers
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