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Aug 3 2009   5:01PM GMT

Summer reading: The physics of fiber in optical networks

Kate Gerwig Kate Gerwig Profile: Kate Gerwig

Seismic shifts are going on in the telecom industry, so there’s no “lazy days of summer” form factor. In fact, carriers and vendors are powering straight on through to a fall that promises strategy shifts, partner realignment and M&A activity.

To honor the tone of the industry, our featured beach reading is a chapter download about fiber, which is both good for you and filled with light. The author of Opitcal Fibers from The Cable and Telecommunications Handbook, Volume 2, Third Edition, (Focal Press, 2008), says the structure of fiber optic cable is simple: a glass core and cladding around it. Easy. From there, he goes into refractive indices and pages of formulas for a thorough review on how to get the most out of your fiber.

Getup to speed on light speed by downloading the chapter, and to complete the course, have a look at these guides:

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