2012, XXX, 682 p. 348 illus., 144 illus. in color.
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Covers the major developments in fibre optic devices and networks
Integrates physics and technology of fibre optics components and devices
A reference work for researchers, engineers and graduate students alike
The book gives an in-depth description of the key devices of current and next generation fibre optic communication networks. In particular, the book covers devices such as semiconductor lasers, optical amplifiers, modulators, wavelength filters, and detectors but the relevant properties of optical fibres as well. The presentations include the physical principles underlying the various devices, the technologies used for the realization of the different devices, typical performance characteristics and limitations, and development trends towards more advanced components are also illustrated. Thus the scope of the book spans relevant principles, state-of-the-art implementations, the status of current research and expected future components.