There are so many people who helped me on this book, both directly and indirectly. First, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Professor Abu Sesay, my PhD research supervisor. The fundamental knowledge I gained to write this book was obtained during my stay at TRLabs and the University of Calgary under his supervision. Also, I would like to thank TRLabs for their generosity in providing research facilities and complete freedom to explore new frontiers.
Next, I would like to thank my former and present graduate students. The following students kindly allowed me to use some of the material we developed during their graduate studies: Stephen Pinter, Roland Yuen, Bharath Umasankar, and Hatice Kosek. I would also like to thank Sajjadul Latif and Sagar Chandra Kar for helping me with some of the typing and a few of the figures.
I thank my colleague Dr. Xijia Gu for the collaborative work we do at Ryerson University.
Then, I would like to extend my thanks to the following agencies for providing funding for my research: Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada; Canadian Photonic Research Fabrication Research.
Special thanks go to Dr. Dave Irvine Halliday of the University of Calgary who was my first fiber-optic professor, from whom I learned the fundamentals and wonders of fiber optics.
I extend my thanks to Ryerson University for their infrastructure and support. I would also like to thank the IEEE for giving copyright permission to reuse ...