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 ...

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