Fiber-Optic Communication Systems / Edition 4

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This book provides a comprehensive account of fiber-optic communication systems. The 3rd edition of this book is used worldwide as a textbook in many universities. This 4th edition incorporates recent advances that have occurred, in particular two new chapters. One deals with the advanced modulation formats (such as DPSK, QPSK, and QAM) that are increasingly being used for improving spectral efficiency of WDM lightwave systems. The second chapter focuses on new techniques such as all-optical regeneration that are under development and likely to be used in future communication systems. All other chapters are updated, as well.

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"Despite the otherwise excellent quality of the book, there are also several typos, in the text as well as in the problems." (Optics and Photonics News, 13 May 2011)
Optik: International Journal for Light and Electron Optics
The first edition of this book is well known all over the world and had a great echo anywhere.... Because of...rapid advances it was necessary to bring out the second edition in order to continue to provide a comprehensive and up-to-date account of fiber-optic communication systems.
The first edition of this book is well known all over the world and had a great echo anywhere.... Because of...rapid advances it was necessary to bring out the second edition in order to continue to provide a comprehensive and up-to-date account of fiber-optic communication systems.
Glass Technology excellent introduction...this is undoubtedly one of the best, most comprehensive and technologically advanced textbooks available...""...I feel this a must for a researcher in the field of fiber-optic communications.
From The Critics
Physical understanding and engineering aspects of fiber optic communication systems are emphasized in this book/CD-ROM text covering both the systems and components of fiber optic communication systems and the physics and technology behind them. This third edition has been updated to reflect the current state of the art in lightwave transmission systems, with particular emphasis on the rapid development of WDM technology and on system design issues pertaining to current topics of research. The companion CD-ROM contains system design software. Although intended as a text for graduate students of fiber optics communications, the book can also be a resource for senior undergraduate courses and a reference for researchers and engineers in telecommunications and lightwave technology. Agrawal teaches at the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
A textbook for a graduate or senior undergraduate engineering course on optical communications, containing enough material that a selection of topics is required to fit into one semester. Emphasizes the physical understanding of fiber-optic technology, but also discusses engineering aspects. Updated and considerably expanded from the 1992 edition. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Graduate textbook and reference. While engineering aspects are discussed, the focus is on a physical understanding of the subject. Topics include: optical fibers, optical sources and transmitters, optical detectors and receivers, coherent lightwave systems, multichannel communication systems, optical amplifiers, and soliton communication systems. Includes problems at the end of each chapter. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Govind P. Agrawal is a professor at the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester and a Fellow of both the Optical Society of America and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering. He is also a Senior Scientist at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics. Dr. Agrawal is author or coauthor of more than 300 research papers, book chapters, and monographs.

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Table of Contents


1 Introduction.

1.1 Historical Perspective.

1.2 Basic Concepts.

1.3 Optical Communication Systems.

1.4 Lightwave System Components.



2 Optical Fibers.

2.1 Geometrical-Optics Description.

2.2 Wave Propagation.

2.3 Dispersion in Single-Mode Fibers.

2.4 Dispersion-Induced Limitations.

2.5 Fiber Losses.

2.6 Nonlinear Optical Effects.

2.7 Fiber Design and Fabrication.



3 Optical Transmitters.

3.1 Semiconductor Laser Physics.

3.2 Single-Mode Semiconductor Lasers.

3.3 Laser Characteristics.

3.4 Optical Signal Generation.

3.5 Light-Emitting Diodes.

3.6 Transmitter Design.



4 Optical Receivers.

4.1 Basic Concepts.

4.2 Common Photodetectors.

4.3 Receiver Design.

4.4 Receiver Noise.

4.5 Coherent Detection.

4.6 Receiver Sensitivity.

4.7 Sensitivity Degradation.

4.8 Receiver Performance.



5 Lightwave Systems.

5.1 System Architectures.

5.2 Design Guidelines.

5.3 Long-Haul Systems.

5.4 Sources of Power Penalty.

5.5 Forward Error Correction.

5.6 Computer-Aided Design.



6 Multichannel Systems.

6.1 WDM Lightwave Systems.

6.2 WDM Components.

6.3 System Performance Issues.

6.4 Time-Division Multiplexing.

6.5 Subcarrier Multiplexing.

6.6 Code-Division Multiplexing.



7 Loss Management.

7.1 Compensation of Fiber Losses.

7.2 Erbium-Doped Fiber Amplifiers.

7.3 Raman Amplifiers.

7.4 Optical Signal-To-Noise Ratio.

7.5 Electrical Signal-To-Noise Ratio.

7.6 Receiver Sensitivity and Q Factor.

7.7 Role of Dispersive and Nonlinear Effects.

7.8 Periodically Amplified Lightwave Systems.



8 Dispersion Management.

8.1 Dispersion Problem and Its Solution.

8.2 Dispersion-Compensating Fibers.

8.3 Fiber Bragg Gratings.

8.4 Dispersion-Equalizing Filters.

8.5 Optical Phase Conjugation.

8.6 Channels at High Bit Rates.

8.7 Electronic Dispersion Compensation.



9 Control of Nonlinear Effects.

9.1 Impact of Fiber Nonlinearity.

9.2 Solitons in Optical Fibers.

9.3 Dispersion-Managed Solitons.

9.4 Pseudo-linear Lightwave Systems.

9.5 Control of Intrachannel Nonlinear Effects.



10 Advanced Lightwave Systems.

10.1 Advanced Modulation Formats.

10.2 Demodulation Schemes.

10.3 Shot Noise and Bit-Error Rate.

10.4 Sensitivity Degradation Mechanisms.

10.5 Impact of Nonlinear Effects.

10.6 Recent Progress.

10.7 Ultimate Channel Capacity.



11 Optical Signal Processing.

11.1 Nonlinear Techniques and Devices.

11.2 All-Optical Flip-Flops.

11.3 Wavelength Converters.

11.4 Ultrafast Optical Switching.

11.5 Optical Regenerators.



A System of Units.

B Acronyms.

C General Formula for Pulse Broadening.

D Software Package.

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