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The course instructor, Dan Welch, has been involved with datacomm and cabling since the early 1980’s. Dan is currently the chief engineer at Optical Wavelength Laboratories which involves him with the design of a complete line fiber optic test equipment. Dan’s many accomplishments include his assistance in the development of satellite to US Navy submarine communications systems. Dan’s career has included training university and information technology personnel in the field of telecommunications.

The text book, called Technician’s Guide to Fiber Optics-Third Edition, by Donald J. Sterling ( ISBN#: 0-7668-0171-3), is well received as a text in the fiber optics field. It is suitable for technicians, students in technical colleges, and students at four-year universities. It also is well suited for use by companies who wish to acquaint employees with this technology. This edition includes such advances in technology as wave-division multiplexing (WDM) and vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSEL).

The course syllabus is intended to be self-contained. Few prerequisites are required, although readers should be familiar with basic electronics and digital concepts. Use of mathematics is kept limited to practical applications most useful to students. Only a basic acquaintance with trigonometry and logarithms is required. The course is divided into three parts.

Part One attempts to put fiber optics into perspective as a transmission medium. It not only describes the advantages of fiber optic technology over copper counterparts, but also explains concepts such as the physics of analog and digital, and the nature of light.

Part Two describes in detail fibers, sources, detectors, connectors and splices, and couplers. Emphasis is given to the theoretical and practical aspects of fibers and connectors in particular, because these materials are the most different from their electronic counterparts. Understanding these components will be of most value to anyone actually working with fiber optics.

Part Three attempts to show how fiber-optic systems are put together. It includes discussion of links (with emphasis on how to calculate power and rise-time budgets), installation and special fiber-optic hardware, applications, and fiber-optic equipment.
PART ONE - BACKGROUND

CLASSROOM TIME: 8 hours

Ch. 1- The Communications Revolution
Ch. 2 - Information Transmission
Ch. 3 - Fiber Optics as a Communications Medium: Its Advantages
Ch. 4 - Light
PART TWO - FIBER-OPTIC COMPONENTS

CLASSROOM TIME: 16 hours

Ch. 5 - The Optical Fiber
Ch. 6 - Fiber Characteristics
Ch. 7 - Fiber-Optic Cables
Ch. 8 - Sources
Ch. 9 - Detectors
Ch. 10 - Transmitters and Receivers
Ch. 11 - Connectors and Splices
Ch. 12 - Couplers
PART THREE - FIBER-OPTIC SYSTEMS

CLASSROOM TIME: 8 hours

Ch. 13 - The Fiber-Optic Link
Ch. 14 - Fiber-Optic Cable Installation and Hardware
Ch. 15 - Fiber-Optic Systems and Applications
Ch. 16 - Introduction to Test and Other Equipment
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  ABOUT THE BOOK

SYNOPSIS
An excellent primer for students beginning to study the subject, there is equal emphasis on both the theory of fiber and its applications in communications. There is a thorough explanation and description of how fiber differs from copper wire as well as a useful perspective on how fiber is used.

ANNOTATION
Provides an introduction to fiber optic technology for communications, covering the fundamentals in a precise style. Includes an expanded coverage of broadband systems, a clear writing style that makes concepts easy to grasp, and a practical orientation of material that provides valuable perspectives on uses of fiber optics.

FROM THE PUBLISHER
This concise, current text provides an introduction to fiber optic technology for communications, covering the fundamentals in a precise style. An excellent primer for students beginning to study the subject, there is equal emphasis on both the theory of fiber and its applications in communications. There is a thorough explanation and description of how fiber differs from copper wire as well as a useful perspective on how fiber is used.

Book Price: 89.00

Book Pages: 345

Course Price: 850.00

Duration 32 class room hours