Chapter 22. Introduction to Fiber Optics
The following topics are covered in this chapter:
Optic Bands and Transmission Windows
The foundation of any optical system is the fiber optic cabling. Basic fiber optic cables consist of the following components:
Silica core—. This is the center of the cable.
Cladding—. Cladding is also at the center of the cable; this and the silica core are used for carrying the optic, or lightwave (λ), signal
Coating, strength members, and a plastic jacket—. These enclose the fiber, providing the necessary tinsel and scratch resistance to protect the fibers.
Transceivers—. These are attached to both ends of the core for emitting and receiving the light pulses that form the information bits in the optical network. ...