Chapter 7

Fibers for Short-Distance Applications

John Abbott, Scott Bickham, Paulo Dainese and Ming-Jun Li,    Corning Incorporated, Corning, NY, USA

7.1 Introduction

In the last 10 years multimode fiber and short-wave VCSELs have emerged as dominant technologies for short-reach high data rate networks [1]. Multimode glass optical fibers are used in networks, in office buildings, and in data centers where data rates and/or lengths are higher than can be met with copper networks, and the use of VCSELs makes the overall system cost low enough to enable widespread adoption.

The fast growth is driven by the demand for higher data rates for computer connections, data storage, and local communication including linking to Internet traffic. It is tied ...

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