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The Cable and Telecommunications Professionals' Reference, 3rd Edition by Goff Hill

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5   Optical Fibers

Takis Hadjifotiou

Telecommunications Consultant

Introduction

Optical fiber communications have come a long way since Kao and Hockman (then at the Standard Telecommunications Laboratories in England) published their pioneering paper on communication over a piece of fiber using light (Kao & Hockman, 1966). It took Robert Maurer, Donald Keck, and Peter Schultz (then at Corning Glass Works–USA) four years to reach the loss of 20 dB/km that Kao and Hockman had considered as the target for loss, and the rest, as they say, is history. For those interested in the evolution of optical communications, Hecht (1999) will provide a clear picture of the fiber revolution and its ramifications.

The purpose of this chapter is to provide an ...

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