The Essential Guide to Optical Networks

The Essential Guide to Optical Networks

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Strong entry in the "essential guides" series. Starts out covering basic concepts - definition of light and the Spectrum. Moves on to optical infrastructure - components of fiber, how it works and light sources/receivers. Then goes on to cover optical access to the home and to the enterprise. Last section covers how the optical core can be made "intelligent" and next generation, petabit routing.show more

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  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 167.6 x 233.7 x 17.8mm | 476.28g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Prentice Hall
  • Upper Saddle River, United States
  • English
  • 0130429562
  • 9780130429568

Table of contents

Preface. Acknowledgments. PART I. 1. Networking at Light Speed. The Public Network in Brief. Traffic Changes. Out with the Old. In with the New. Optical Computers. Optical Services. Short Cuts.2. The Basics of Communications. The Envelope, Please. Architectural Details. Bits and Bytes. Network Topologies. Hey, Mr Postman. Ethernet. Ethernet Challenges. ATM. Switches, Routers, and the Like. QoS and VLANs. Short Cuts.PART II. 3. Fundamentals of Light. Atoms, Electrons, and the Like. Quantum View. Properties of Waves. Electromagnetic Spectrum. Wave Behavior. Refraction. Interference. Diffraction and Scattering. Short Cuts.4. Fiber Optic Cabling. Why Fiber? Fiber Construction. Fiber Types. Behind the Transmission Bands. Transmission Problems. Linear Effects. Decibels-What Do They Mean? Dispersion. Modal Dispersion. Chromatic Dispersion. Polarization-Mode Dispersion. Nonlinear Effects. Brillouin and Raman Scattering. Four-Wave Mixing. Short Cuts.5. Optical Components. Semiconductors. Light Sources. The Laser Family. VCSELs. Tuning In. Modulation. Detectors. Amplifiers. Wave-Division Multiplexers. Filters. Fiber Bragg Gratings. Circulators. Other Components. Short Cuts.6. Switching Technologies. Switching Jobs. OOO and OEO Switches. Building the Optical Switch. Basic Design Types. To Block or Not to Block. Measuring Up. Technologies for Building the Optical Switch. MEMS. Optomechanical Switches. Electro-Optical and Thermo-Optic Switches. Bubble Switches. Liquid Crystals. Disappearing Act. Acousto-Optics. Wavelength Conversion. Short Cuts.PART III. 7. The SONET Factor. Life before SONET. A Matter of Time. The SONET Hierarchy. SONET Configurations. SONET Protection. SONET Service Mappings. SONET Framing. SONET Challenges. The SONET Answer. Beyond SONET. Short Cuts.8. Metro Core Technologies. The New Metro. The Technologies. DTM. 10. Gigabit Ethernet. Challenges for 10 Gig. RPR. OTN. OTN Transport. OTN Hierarchy. Short Cuts.9. Going the Last Mile. The Challenge. Bandwidth of Any Color. The Last Mile of Today. Hybrid Fiber-Coax (HFC). Broadband Wireless. Last Mile of Tomorrow. PONs. PON Workings. Security and QoS. Management and Survivability. EPONs and Ethernet in the First Mile. Wireless Optics. Short Cuts.10. Optical Signaling. Bringing the Two Together. Peer to Peer Model. Problems with Routing Today. Emergence of MPLS. GMPLS. Overlay Model. ASON/ASTN. Short Cuts.Appendix Key Differences between Single-Mode Fiber Specs. Glossary. Bibliography. Index.show more

About David Greenfield

DAVID GREENFIELD is International Technology Editor for Network Magazine, where he specializes in covering the optical networking market. He has been analyzing networking markets for over a decade.show more

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