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Fiber Optic Video Transmission by David Goff

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Chapter 7

Electro-optic and Opto-electronic Devices

As the title of this chapter suggests, the ability to convert electrical signals into an optical domain, and vice versa, forms the basis for fiber optic transmission. True of any system design, both the light emitters (electro-optic devices) and light detectors (opto-electronic devices) offer a variety of performance parameters that require careful consideration.

Light Emitters

Light emitters, a key element in any fiber optic system, convert an electrical signal into a corresponding light signal. The efficiency of this conversion process produces very little heat compared to the heat generated by incandescent lights. This component's characteristics often dictate the final performance limits ...

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