An ideal primer for newcomers to the fiber optics industry as well as a useful reference guide for seasoned fiber optics veterans. The only book on the subject that is written with a practical applications orientation. Updated with new features and new sections on digital video, narrowcasting applications in cable TV, DWDM and the internetFiber optics play a key role in telecommunications, as well as broadcast and cable systems. Engineers working with fiber optics as well as newcomers to the industry will find this comprehensive, practical guide extremely useful. It will help the reader develop a solid understanding of the underlying principles of the technology as well as essential practical applications. It is presented clearly and with a minimum of jargon, and the text is thoroughly illustrated and indexed.
The second edition is updated throughout and features sections on digital video, coverage of narrowcasting applications in cable TV, and DWDM and the internet. It includes new coverage of fiber nonlinearities.
Goff, an engineer for a Virginia company that designs and manufactures fiber optic communication devices, offers both new and experienced engineers a general reference without a lot of technical jargon. He discusses fundamentals of optical fiber and system components, key characteristics and principles of operation, transmitters, receivers, digital data links and video links, trends in the technology, and other topics. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)