This book is thorough, up to date, and provides comprehensive and intuitive introduction to fiber optics. With mathematics limited to basic algebra, the book takes a practical approach to understanding fiber optics. It thoroughly describes important concepts for the novice, building up an understanding of optical fibers, their properties, light sources and detectors, and fiber-optic components and their application in fiber-optic systems. It covers the basics of fiber-optic measurement and troubleshooting. Ideal for technicians, entry-level engineers, and other nonspecialists.
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Jeff Hecht is a contributing editor to Laser Focus World and Integrated Communications Design, and a correspondent for New Scientist magazine. He is the author of Understanding Fiber Optics, City of Light: The Story of Fiber Optics, Understanding Lasers, The Laser Guidebook, Beam Weapons: The Next Arms Race, and several other books. He has been writing about lasers, optics, and fiber optics for over 25 years. He holds a B.S. in electronic engineering from the California Institute of Technology.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
Fiber optics has come a long way since I wrote the first edition of Understanding Fiber Optics. Optical-fiber communications was a radical new technology then, used mostly for high-capacity, long-distance transmission of telephone signals. As I finish the fourth edition, I can look out my office window and see a fiber cable that carries telephone, Internet, and cable-television signals down the street.
Over the years, I have been greatly impressed by the tremendous progress in developing practical fiber-optic equipment. The technology is interesting and elegant, as well as important. I find myself caught up in the advancing field, like a sports writer covering a team blazing its way to a championship. The thrill of technical achievement can be just as tangible to those of us involved with engineering or technology as the thrill of victory is to an athlete.
Although I wrote the first edition mainly for self-study, the book is now used in classroom settings. My goal is to explain principles rather than to detail procedures. When you finish this book you should indeed understand fiber optics. You should be able to pick up a trade journal such as Lightwave or Fiberoptic Product News and understand what you read, just as you should be able to understand the duties of a fiber engineer, a network planner, or a cable installer. You will not be able to do their jobs, but you will be literate in the field. Think of this as Fiber Optics 101, a foundation for your understanding of a growing technology.
To explain the fundamentals of fiber optics, I start with some ideas that may seem basic to some readers. When introducing a relatively new field, it is better to explain too much than too little.
To make concepts accessible, I include drawings to show how things work, limit the mathematics to simple algebra, and step through some sample calculations so you can see how they work. I compare fiber optics with other common technologies and highlight similarities and differences, and I have also organized the book to facilitate cross referencing and review of concepts.
The book is structured to introduce you to basic concepts first, then to dig deeper into fiber hardware and its applications. The chapters are organized as follows:
Most chapters include suggestions for further reading, and a list of resources appears at the back of the book. Links to Web sites are currently being added to my Web site, http://www.fiberhome.com. I would welcome any suggestions or comments you might have; please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
The glossary at the back of the book gives you quick translations of specialized terms and acronyms.
This edition also includes appendices that tabulate useful information, such as the values of important physical constants, conversion factors, standard data rates and wavelengths, and a few key formulas.
I have tried to make everything current, but the technology is advancing so fast that some details are bound to become obsolete. When you finish Understanding Fiber Optics, you should be prepared to follow the new advances, and perhaps contribute to them as well.
Over the years, many people in the fiber-optics industry have given generously of their time to patiently answer my questions. I owe special thanks to Kevin Able, Bill Chang, Erich Dzakler, Jim Hayes, Dennis Horwitz, Jim Masi, Nick Massa, Jim Refi, and Wayne Siddall for reviewing parts of this edition, clearly explaining complex concepts, and pointing me to useful resources. Prentice Hall reviewers Richard J. White, ITT Technical Institute; Stanley M. Krause, St. Philip's College; Kenneth E. Windham, Nash Community College; and Dr. Jalil Moghaddasi, City University of New York Bronx Community College also provided helpful feedback for this edition. David Charlton, Marc Duchesne, Robert Gallawa, Mike Pepper and John Schlager helped with earlier editions. I thank my editors at Prentice Hall, Laser Focus World, and Integrated Communications Design for patience with me above and beyond the call of duty. I also thank the companies, universities, and individuals who posted papers, application notes, tutorials, standards, and data sheets on the World Wide Web where I could find them when questions arose outside normal working hours. And very special thanks to anyone whose names and contributions may have slipped through my haphazard mental filing systems. Any errors that remain are my own.
This book is dedicated to the memory of Heather Williamson Messenger, gifted editor, friend, and victim of domestic violence.
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