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1. Technician's Guide to Fiber Optics,
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2. Optical Network Design and Implementation
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3. Understanding Fiber Optics
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5. Elements of Photonics 2 Volume
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7. Cisco Self-Study: Building Cisco
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10. Time Domain Electromagnetics
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14. Photonics Rules of Thumb: Optics,
15. Structure Formation in Polymeric
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19. Troubleshooting Optical Fiber
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1. Technician's Guide to Fiber Optics, 4E
by Donald J. Sterling
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Asin: 1401812708
Catlog: Book (2003-12-01)
Publisher: Thomson Delmar Learning
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Book Description

An excellent primer for students beginning to study the subject, this current edition provides a practical, real-world perspective on the fundamentals of fiber optic technology and optical communications.It examines the reasons that optical fibers are the preferred communications medium, surpassing copper wire in all performance measures.A thorough explanation of how fibers work is offered, as well as useful coverage of other related optical components and how those components fit into system-level applications.Premises (LAN), metro, 10G Ethernet, and long-haul applications are also briefly surveyed. ... Read more

2. Optical Network Design and Implementation
by Vivek Alwayn
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Asin: 1587051052
Catlog: Book (2004-03-17)
Publisher: Cisco Press
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Book Description

A comprehensive guide to understanding and configuring multiservice DWDM, SONET, and SDH architectures

Optical Network Design and Implementation provides in-depth coverage of the following:

  • DS1/DS3/E1/E3 over SONET/SDH
  • IEEE 802.17 Resilient Packet Ring (RPR)
  • Fast/Gigabit Ethernet over SONET/SDH
  • VRF virtual private networks
  • Double-tagged 802.1Q VPNs
  • SAN transport, FICON, and Fibre Channel over SONET/SDH
  • DWDM infrastructures
  • Analysis of DWDM, SONET, and SDH architectures

Multiservice optical networking has multiple applications in service provider and enterprise environments. To help you make the most of these applications, Optical Network Design and Implementation provides a complete reference of technology solutions for next-generation optical networks. The book explains the differences among various MAN technologies, getting you up to speed on the solutions you need to use.

Optical Network Design and Implementation contains a broad range of technical details on multiservice optical networking and covers optical networking theory, design, and configuration by providing informative text, illustrations, and examples. It can be used as a reference for anyone designing, implementing, or supporting an optical network. Even if you're not using Cisco ONS equipment, this book can increase your awareness and understanding of optical technologies and provide you with detailed design concepts and rules for building highly scalable multiservice optical networks.

This book covers the entire spectrum of optical networking technologies from the physical layer to the network layer. If you are a network architect, network manager, or a consultant who designs, deploys, operates, or troubleshoots multiservice optical and DWDM networks, Optical Network Design and Implementation is your comprehensive guide to optical networking.

"This represents the first book that offers a comprehensive and technical guide to unique IP+Optical innovations with Cisco COMET."
-Jayshree V. Ullal, Senior Vice President, Optical Networking Group
Cisco Systems, Inc.

This book is part of the Networking Technology Series from Cisco Press, which offers networking professionals valuable information for constructing efficient networks, understanding new technologies, and building successful careers.


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5-0 out of 5 stars Best optical book out there for SDH and SONET. Period!
I had been struggling to find an Optical book that covered SDH in detail from a Cisco ONS perspective. Most books out there only focus on SONET. It is almost like SDH does not exist. This book covers both, SONET and SDH (in a detail you cannot imagine). It covers everything from TDM to Metro Ethernet, RPR and MPLS over SDH. Finally a solid SDH book! Thank you Mr. Alwayn and Cisco Press.

Adam Fowler
Senior Network Engineer
British Telecom

5-0 out of 5 stars Optical Network Design and Implementation
This book is probably the most comprehensive and in-depth source of information about optical networking that I have ever read. The book opens with an introduction to optical networking, discusses SONET/SDH architectures, and briefly presents all the concepts and technologies, which are covered in detailed later chapters.

The second chapter delves immediately into the details of Time Division Multiplexing (TDM) and analog signal processing. T-carrier and E-carrier hierarchies and their signaling and framing formats are examined, followed-up by a review of the ISDN BRI/PRI standard and ISDN frame formats.

The next section of the book looks at the physical characteristics of fiber optics including the materials used, physical construction of the cable, and behavioral and performance characteristics of different optical materials under differing conditions. For those interested in calculating their own measurements, refraction, power measurement, and span loss formulas are presented along with a few case studies as examples. Splicing techniques and optical connectors are also covered here. Wavelength-Division Multiplexing (WDM) (both coarse and dense) and various dispersion compensation techniques finish up this section.

Chapters 5 and 6 cover SONET and SDH architectures respectively. This is a fairly thorough examination of the two standards and includes a detailed look at the electrical and optical signals, SONET/SDH technology layers, framing, transmission overhead, multiplexing, error reporting, topologies and topology protection strategies, to name just a few! Packet ring technologies such as gigabyte Ethernet and Multi-service Provisioning Platform (MSPP) are also presented in this section for those applications where end-to-end Ethernet framing is desirable.

The Cisco product lines for SONET and SDH platforms are presented next, with a fairly in-depth look at the Cisco ONS 15454 which is positioned as Cisco's most versatile and widely used multi-service add/drop multiplexer (ADM). Configuration options for control, alarm, electrical, optical, and Ethernet modules are examined along with an introduction to Cisco's Transport Controller (CTC), a graphical application for provisioning and managing optical networks.

Chapters 9-11 provide detailed, over 300 pages worth, of explanations and examples for configuring the ONS 15454 for SONET MSSP, SDH MSPP, and Ethernet over SONET & SDH. Step by step directions for different configurations utilizing CTC, and accompanying screen shots, make for an easily understandable provisioning and configuration process.

Overall, this book serves as a welcome addition to any technical bookshelf. Whether a seasoned technical expert looking for a good reference book, or a beginner looking to learn about optical networking technologies, this book is well written for both audiences. This book earns a place as one of my personal favorites. For those looking to test their knowledge on the material covered in this book, chapter 12 provides a selection of insightful and challenging case studies. ... Read more

3. Understanding Fiber Optics
by Jeff Hecht
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Catlog: Book (2001-01-15)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
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Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Book Description

Ideal for technicians, entry-level engineers, and other nonspecialists, this practical, thorough, and accessible introduction to fiber optics reflects the expertise of an author who has followed the field for over 20 years. Using a non-theoretical/mathematical, and well-illustrated approach, it begins with the technical details of optical fibers, moves through the tools and techniques used to work with them, the devices used to connect fiber network, and concludes with applications showing how fibers are used. Covers: Fundamentals of Fiber Optics; Applications of Fiber Optics; Types of Fibers; Cabling; Light Sources; Transmitters; Receivers; Repeaters, Regenerators, and Optical Amplifiers; Connectors; Splicing; Couplers and Switches; Other Components, Tools, and Accessories; Measurements; System Concepts; System Design; Long-Distance Telecommunication Applications; Regional and Local Telephone Systems; Video Transmission; Computers and Local Area Networks; Mobile and Military Fiber Communications; Fiber-Optic Sensors; Noncommunication Fiber Optics; and Laser Safety. For anyone wanting to understand fiber optics. ... Read more

Reviews (11)

5-0 out of 5 stars Wow! Just what I needed!
hi guys! You really want a juicy piece of the Fiber Optic world? well this is the book you were craving for... This is an outstanding book that guides you through the basic, fundamental and still practical knowledge of Fiber Optics... I highly recommend this book if you are to implement fiber optic systems... this book shows us when, how and why we must implement fiber... nice job Jeff!

5-0 out of 5 stars A good book for learning the Fiber Optics.
The fourth edition of this book is a product of many years of practical experience and trials of previous editions. I always wondered if more information than just reader's level as beginner, intermediate and advanced should be printed on the technical books. What you are looking for in a book and level of satisfaction depends on your involvement in that area of expertise. Please stay with me while I try my thinking on this book. If you are already an expert working in Optical Engineering field this book is not a research paper. Probably you need Warren J. Smith's book Modern Optical Engineering. If you are a student learning about Fiber Optics this book has enough information and practice questions to be qualified as a good text book, but may not be enough for your Graduate School research thesis. If you are like me, a practicing Network Engineer or technician, this book provides everything you need to know and more than enough information. It is written in an easy to understand style, and chapters are in a perfect sequence and length. That's why I am rating it 5 Stars.

5-0 out of 5 stars Cisco Optical Instructor
GREAT BOOK! Used a lot of the principles in my lectures.

4-0 out of 5 stars A good book for starters
A very good starting point. Allows you space to build on what you read.

1-0 out of 5 stars Is C.H.L really Jeff Hecht?
C.H.L.'s attempt to justify Hecht's misinformation is a bit weak

1. The G.711 recommendation is probably 30+ years old and the US telephone companies have adhered to it since ratification. In fact, G.711 simply confirmed what the US and European companies were already doing so the US telephone companies were using 64Kbps for voice even before G.711.

2. Packet switching has nothing (or very little) to do with voice. Voice is carried via circuit switched channels.

3. When voice is carried via a digital channel in the US (at 64Kbps, I might add), one form of signaling "steals" the low order bit of an 8 bit voice sample of each sixth sample of the 24 channels on a DS-1 (AKA T-1) circuit. Because of this, a data channel carried over one of these 64Kbps channels is only able to provide 56Kbps. Maybe this is where Hecht went wrong.

But don't buy or not buy Hecht's book based on this one error (in the big scheme of things it's fairly small). The real problem with the book is that it just doesn't do a jood job of explaining optical communications. A better defense of Hecht's book might be that Hecht was attempting to write about all of the uses of optical fiber and not just communications. ... Read more

4. Fiber Optics Technician's Manual
by Jim Hayes
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Catlog: Book (2000-11-07)
Publisher: Thomson Delmar Learning
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Book Description

Fiber Optic Technician's Manual, now in its second edition, continues to serve as a practical guide for the designer, installer, and troubleshooter of fiber optic cable plants and networks used in today's communications systems. Comprehensive in scope, this book addresses applications of fiber optics including telephone, CATV, and computer networks. Discussion centers on the basics of the technology, the components used, and their installation. Based on materials developed by trainers for their own training programs, including the successful "Fiber U" program, Fiber Optic Technician's Manual, 2nd Edition has been thoughtfully updated and now features new applications, plus new components and processes that have become widely used in the industry. Hints at the future of this rapidly evolving technology are also included. ... Read more

5. Elements of Photonics 2 Volume Set
by KeigoIizuka, Keigo Iizuka
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Catlog: Book (2002-06-15)
Publisher: Wiley-Interscience
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Book Description

Volume I:
* Provides a particularly good discussion of the electromagnetics of light in bounded media
* Only book that treats the two complementary topics, fiber and integrated optics
* Careful and thorough presentation of the topics that makes it well suited for courses and self study
* Includes numerous problems and solutions
Volume II:
* Provides a particularly good discussion of the electromagnetics of light in bounded media (i.e., fibers)
* the only book that treats the two complementary topics, fiber and integrated optics.
* A careful and thorough presentation of the topics that make it well suited for self-study. It includes numerous problems and worked out solutions
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5-0 out of 5 stars Elements of Photonics
In sixteen chapters in two volumes, "Elements of Photonics" by Keigo
Iizuka exhibits his passion for teaching the facts about light, the
devices with which one controls it, and the mathematics by which to
express its behavior.The book has careful definitions and step by
step explanations beautifully illustrated. It builds its mathematical
parts on a basic knowledge of Maxwell's equations and the Fourier
transform which the reader is assumed to possess; however, the
mathematical exposition never loses touch with the laboratory, and
explanations in terms of basic geometry are offered side by side with
the more mathematical exposition.

A great strength of the book is the definition of terms one finds
in the photonics literature.Another is that many topics
are presented from both a simple geometric point of view and
a more mathematical point of view, so the reader can choose
how to learn. A third is the wealth of superb drawings and diagrams.

The author's preface gives a helpful orientation and the index is
complete and well organized as an aid to using the book as a reference

When I tried using the book to learn about lithium niobate phase
shifters I found the explanation so good that I started using
"Elements of Photonics" as the first place to resolve the
many mysteries that I encounter in working my way into photonics.

So far it has exceeded my expectations on three out four other topics
that I tried.While the field of photonics offers quantum effects and
complex interferometers omitted in this book, for a foundation in
photonics "Elements of Photonics" is head and shoulders the best

The chapters are in volume I are:
Fourier Optics: concepts and applications.
Boundaries, near-field optics, and near-field imaging.
Fabry-Perot resonators, beams, and radiation pressure,
Propagation of light in anisotropic crystals
Optical properties of crystals under various external fields

Polarization of light
How to construct and use the Poincare sphere
Phase conjugate optics

Volume II contains:
Planar optical guides for integrated optics
Optical waveguides and devices for integrated optics
Modes and dispersion in optical fibers
Detecting light
Optical amplifiers
Stationary and solitary solutions in a nonlinear medium
Communicating by fiber optics;

In addition, there are three appendices:
PIN photodiode on an atomic scale
Mode density

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6. Fiber Optic Reference Guide
by David R. Goff
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Asin: 0240804864
Catlog: Book (2002-03-15)
Publisher: Focal Press
Sales Rank: 422919
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Book Description

The Fiber Optic Reference Guide offers readers a solid understanding of the principles of fiber optic technology, especially as it relates to telecommunications, from its early days to developing future trends. Using a minimum of jargon and a wealth of illustrations, this book provides the underlying principles of fiber optics as well as essential practical applications. The third edition is updated to include expanded sections on light emitters, semiconductor optical amplifiers, Bragg gratings, and more systems design considerations.

Fiber optics plays a key role in communications, as well as in broadcast and cable systems. Engineers working with fiber optics as well as newcomers to the industry will find the third edition of this reference guide invaluable. It will help the reader develop a solid understanding of the underlying principles of this rapidly changing technology as well as its essential practical applications.The text is thoroughly indexed and illustrated.

* An ideal primer for newcomers to the fiber optics industry as well as a useful reference guide for seasoned fiber optics veterans

* The only book on the subject to present practical applications

* Thoroughly updated and heavily illustrated
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5-0 out of 5 stars Best Overall Review of Fiber Optics
I purchased this book, "Introduction to Fiber Optics" by Crisp and "Understanding Fiber Optics" by Hecht to get up to speed on the technology. I work in finance, and am not an engineer. I found this book to be the most clear of the three, and by far the easiest to understand. This book had better diagrams and used better analogies to explain the technology than did the other two books.

The book was laid out logically, and did a good job of building on knowledge explained in previous chapters. There were one page summaries at the tale of each chapter, which were helpful in allowing you to either skip or skim the text. The glossary at the end of the book was especially useful, as was the end chapter on future trends within the industry. The book was a quick read, and once I had finished it I felt comfortable engaging in a discussion with people much more accomplished in the field than myself. ... Read more

7. Cisco Self-Study: Building Cisco Metro Optical Networks (METRO)
by Dave Warren, Dennis Hartmann
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Catlog: Book (2003-08-20)
Publisher: Cisco Press
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Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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Book Description

Plan, design, and configure high-speed fiber-optic networks

Coverage includes:

  • Configuring ONS 15454 and ONS 15327 platforms
  • Architecture for building Metropolitan Ethernet Transparent LAN Services (TLS)
  • Packet over SONET (PoS) network design, configuration, and verification
  • Inner workings of dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM), including operability with the ONS 15216 product family
  • Principles of Dynamic Packet Transport (DPT)
  • SONET background, including structures, components, and network design
  • Bonus case studies, which challenge you to select equipment and design a metro optical network

Fiber-optic networking has several significant advantages over traditional wired and wireless networks: optical signals can travel much farther than electrical signals, are more secure, are resistant to electromagnetic interference, and have the potential to provide bandwidth in the terabits per second range (1000 Gbps).

Service providers must satisfy the always-increasing networking demands of customers while keeping costs to a minimum. Optical networks must meet the challenge of supporting multiple types of transmissions including voice, video, and data traffic. Although time-division multiplexing (TDM) has provided a growth path for services, it is more constrained than IP + Optical strategies like the Cisco Dynamic Packet Transport (Resilient Packet Ring). The Cisco Systems® end-to-end IP + Optical networking strategy provides an intelligent converged network in which optical infrastructures can be used to their fullest potential.

While most reference books focus on the theory involved in SONET and optical infrastructures, Cisco Self-Study: Building Cisco Metro Optical Networks (METRO) focuses on the practical application of planning and configuring optical networks that involve SONET, DWDM, Metropolitan Ethernet, Packet over SONET, and Dynamic Packet Transport (Resilient Packet Ring).

Cisco Self-Study: Building Cisco Metro Optical Networks (METRO) is part of a recommended learning path from Cisco Systems that can include simulation and hands-on training from authorized Cisco Learning Partners and self-study products from Cisco Press. To find out more about instructor-led training, e-learning, and hands-on instruction offered by authorized Cisco Learning Partners worldwide, please visit

This volume is in the Certification Self-Study Series offered by Cisco Press. Books in this series provide officially developed training solutions to help networking professionals understand technology implementations and prepare for the Cisco Career Certifications examinations.


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5-0 out of 5 stars The book to begin learning Metro Optical networking.
"Cisco Self-Study: Building Cisco Metro Optical Networks (METRO)" by Dave Warren and Dennis Hartmann, ISBN: 1587050706, is an excellent Metro Optical book. This book covers all of the pertinent information on the topic of Metro Optical Networks. I felt this book was well organized to help the reader understand foundational concepts of Metro Area Optical Networking as well as grasping the application of the different technologies. Each section has a solid foundation, followed by detailed implementation examples.

The first three chapters offer excellent information on the core information regarding the applications that a Metro Area Network supports. Chapters 8-12 cover the various technologies used in the Metro space. The review questions after each chapter really help to re-enforce the content of the chapter.

The chapter on SONET is an outstanding overview of the topic, with just enough detail to be a good desktop reference. The authors did a good job of keeping subjects like framing overhead informational, without becoming boring. It does a good job explaining the section, line, and path layers without putting you to sleep. The differences between 1+1 and 1:1 protection are explained quite clearly, and this carries over to helping the reader in understanding UPSR and BLSR. Every major SONET topic is arranged to build the topics from the line up in a clear and concise way. This chapter is an invaluable resource.

This book covers basic setup and configuration on the Cisco ONS 15454 and 15327 devices, as well as hardware installation for the equipment. There are screenshots of the Cisco Transport Controller application used to manage these devices. However, the pictures are somewhat grainy and hard to understand. As the content may change with each new release, these may become outdated quickly. As with all devices, you will want to get the updated manuals off of Cisco's website. Chapter 5 does have an excellent section on SONET timing. This area is often misunderstood, and the authors do a good job of explaining the subject.

One area this book is light on is its coverage of Metro Ethernet and DWDM. Both topics were treated to very little substance. Most information was Cisco specific and not applicable to other platforms. It would be nice to see more vendor neutral information on the use of these technologies. "Metro Ethernet" by Sam Halabi, ISBN: 158705096X will serve the reader better in understanding Metro Ethernet.

The book covered Packet over SONET (POS) and Dynamic Packet Transport (DPT) in enough detail. Both sections have a good informational basis built before exploring the configuration details. Again, these examples are Cisco specific, but contain plenty enough information to get the reader started in working with these technologies. Anyone looking to implement them will find these chapters a good place to start in the book.

Overall, this book is well organized and is easy to read. If you need to get up to speed quickly in the Metro Optical arena, this is the book for you.

5-0 out of 5 stars A good investment
The book "Cisco Self-Study: Building Cisco Metro Optical Networks (METRO)" by Dave Warren and Dennis Hartmann is worth every penny of the price tag. A recent job change requires me to grasp an in-depth understanding of optical networking fast. I was looking for a book with a good overview of SONET and practical knowledge on the Cisco ONS boxes. In reading this book, I got much more than what I bargained for.

The chapter on SONET alone was worth the bucks. It does a good job explaining the section, line, and path layers without giving you a headache. The breakdown on framing overheads gives you a good start when you need to troubleshoot an issue. The difference between 1+1 and 1:1 protection were often misunderstood, after reading the section the difference should be really clear. Which also helps in understanding UPSR and BLSR. The different types of alarms and the line of alarm indication signal (AIS) is now my desktop reference whenever there is a problem. In fact, I used it the other day to quickly identify an issue and took action accordingly.

The overview and configuration of the ONS 15454 and 15327 product chapters provide a good start when you need to work with those products. I do find the need to read the manuals on Cisco's web site when I was actually trying to implement them on the field. Every network is different and the optical product line is pretty extensive, no one book can cover it all. The screen shots were based on an older version of CTC, but the general layout is the same and you can still get a good feeling of the configuration steps.

I do wish the book covers more ground on Metro Ethernet and DWDM. The chapters briefly explain the concepts behind the two technologies and basic configurations. I think both parts can be dug into a little further without making the head spin. The same can be said about Packet over SONET. Depending on your own experience, the section on configuring PoS interfaces can be a complete waste or very useful. If you have a solid background in Cisco gears and a good understanding on SONET after reading chapter 3 of this book, you can probably configure PoS interfaces using the question mark in Cisco IOS. But there is nothing wrong with reinforce those commands by reading them again. Especially if you are an enterprise network support and only deals with configuring WAN interfaces once in a while.

The book does a good job explaining dynamic packet transport. Even after working with SRP for over 2 years, I still learned a few new things from the chapters on DPT. I wish this book was available a few years ago when I was first introduced to SRP, it could have saved me a lot of headache and a few trips to a remote hub site. If your company is thinking about implementing DPT or SRP, I would jump right to the chapter on DPT after reading their SONET chapter. DPT is a cool technology that addresses some of the deficiencies of a SONET ring topology and the book does a good job explaining the inner workings of DPT.

The book is really an excellent investment if you want to learn more about optical networking. As with any Ciscopress books, you get a Cisco-view on the technology. If you are thinking about pursuing the Cisco certification in optical networking, this book is a must have. As with any book that try to cover a wide-range of topics, it leaves out a thing or a two. But you can always start with the book and choose the topic you want to explore more on the Cisco web site. It is both a good learning tool and a desktop reference. In my opinion, it is the best sixty bucks I have spent on learning optical networking.

4-0 out of 5 stars Metro Optical Networks Unveiled
I recently read the book titled "Cisco Self-Study: Building Cisco Metro Optical Networks (METRO)" by Dave Warren and Dennis Hartmann. ISBN: 1587050706. This book has some pretty good information on the topic of Metro Optical Networks. The key word in this title is 'optical'. I think this book is very well organized to help the reader understand foundational concepts of Metro Area Optical Networking as well as grasping the application of the different technologies. The book accomplishes this by first laying down the foundation of a given topic then presenting a practical application of the technology. The application of the technology is geared more for Cisco Equipment, but nonetheless gives the reader a whole view on the topic.

The first three chapters offer superb information on the foundational information regarding the applications that Metro Area Network supports. Being an enterprise type person I was able to grasp the concepts of Metro Optical rather easily. There are review questions at the end of each chapter that really helps to re-enforce the content of the chapter. It also helps to identify whether a particular concept was understood correctly and in the right context.

This book is best suited for Service Provider design and implementation Engineers, but enterprise engineers will find this book equally intriguing, because of how it unlocks the mysteries of Metro Area Optical Networking. Consultant in the Metro Area Networking space will find this book to be worth its weight in gold. Not many folks take the time to understand the often-complex world of MAN and what Service Providers are offering, beyond the marketing pitch.

One thing that would have been useful in this book would have been a glossary of terms. Although the author has done a good job of explaining terms throughout the book, a glossary of terms would have been a handy place to reference in the future. One can still utilize the index and locate a term or topic rather quickly.

Because the title is written to educate the reader on Optical networks, it has an outstanding section covering SONET. Yes, there are other books on the market that cover SONET with more detail and a little fluff, however I'm not one to dedicate my life to the pursuit of learning every detail about SONET, that I will probably never need. After all I'm not in R & D. This title documents SONET really well. Giving good illustrations and is not so lengthy that you have to block out a Saturday just to get through a concept. The authors did a good job of consolidating the information. So the topic in not overwhelming, but gives the reader a solid understanding of the technology.

The title covers basic information about the Cisco ONS 15454 and the Cisco ONS 15327 as well as initial configuration of the equipment. There are figures in the book that are snapshots of the application used to configure the equipment. While this could be very useful, in my opinion, it's a little risky because if the interface should ever change, then the book is now dated. On second thought, what isn't dated these days?

A section I found rather valuable is a section on configuring SONET timing. Network timing in general is often misunderstood at many levels. The authors did a good job of documenting the challenges of network timing.

This title has a fairly short chapter on Metro Ethernet. If you're interested in Metro Ethernet I would recommend the title "Metro Ethernet" by Sam Halabi, ISBN: 158705096X
This book seems like a good place to start when setting out to understand Metro Area Optical Networks, but with the combination of adding implementation detail, it's just enough information to help grasp the concept of the technology. It doesn't seem to be a book that one would go to for actual implementation/configuration details, but rather a place to understand the technology and to get a basic understanding of how a given technology is implemented.

5-0 out of 5 stars My life is changed
Like Lazarus, two weeks ago, I had no undertsanding of Cisco System 5.5.5. It seemed over-complex to me, and I knew my job was riding on finding the gem of a nugget at the center of Cisco. With mounting debt and money problems, and a looming presentation that would decide my career future, my marriage future, and my procreation future, I had two options: A) prostitution, or B) Dave Warren. I chose Dave. I just hope you'll be as smart as I was... It was the best sixty bucks I ever spent. And now my wife will give it to me any place, any time! ... Read more

8. Optical Solitons : From Fibers to Photonic Crystals
by Y. S. Kivshar, Govind Agrawal, Yuris Kivshar, Agrawal G., Y. Kivshar, G. P. Agrawal
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Catlog: Book (2003-03-05)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Solitons?!
The book provides both an introduction to the basic principles and a comprehensive analysis of the current state-of-the-art in the rapidly developing field of optical solitons, including temporal, spatial, and spatiotemporal solitons. This is a very well-written, pedagogical book that goes through many aspects of the soliton theory and experiment that are not covered in other books. There is a good balance between qualitative
and mathematical analysis in the book, as well as between the theory and experiment. To facilitate understanding of the material, the authors provide readers with many illustrative examples. The reader will find one of the most extensive list of bibliography at the end of each chapter. The index is complete and useful. I recommend this book to anyone interested in the soliton theory and its applications. ... Read more

9. Fiber-Optic Communication Systems
by Govind P.Agrawal, Govind P. Agrawal
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Catlog: Book (2002-06-15)
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The Institute of Optics, University of Rochester
* ".readers searching for a wide ranging and up-date view of fibre optic communication systems would do well to purchase this book."-International Journal of Electrical Engineering Education (on the Second Edition)
* This comprehensive, up-to-date account of fiber-optic communication focuses on the physics and technology behind fiber-optic communication systems while covering both the systems and components aspects
* Provides extensive details on the WDM technology and system design issues that have developed since the last edition
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1-0 out of 5 stars Shame for the 3rd edition
The 3rd edition is published in 2002, but still has an extensive coverage on Coherent communication and Soliton. What a shame! Anybody knows that coherent communication and Soliton are dead since WDM became commercial deployment in 1996. On other hand, the author did not cover anything applications which are succefully beaten the coherent communication and Solition and are widely applied in the current optical communication systems (e.g., CRZ, DPSK modulation, high capacity DWDM....). It seems the author is not in touch with the industry for many years and is repeating the older and dead topics.
Moreover the software contained in the CD-ROM is completely useless.

5-0 out of 5 stars great book for the right person
This is GREAT book for people who have at least the basic optics and electrical engineering concepts, even if they dont have technical degrees, and who feel comfortable with the mathematical treatment of a subject, even when they dont understand every little detail. Actually about a third of the book can be understood easily by anyone interested in the subject, but if you cannot "read" mathematics and have never seen logarithms or partial derivatives before, then I recommend "Understanding Fiber Optics" by Hecht or a similar non-mathematical treatment of the subject.

Overall the book follows a very logical pattern in its treatment of the subject. It is an overview-style book, covering the different parts of a fiber-optic communications system individually, and then tying them together (which I thought was the most useful feature of the book). Even though it covers many practial issues, it tends to read more like a physics/optics textbook than an engineering textbook or a lab manual.

In summary if you have the basic optics/e.e. knowledge and are comfortable thinking mathematically, this is a great overview book for you, but if are a first time reader trying to learn about fiber optics, stay away from this book or use it as a second, 'reference' book only.

5-0 out of 5 stars Not for beginners
To the 2 folks who gave the book a 1 star. It is not a book for people who are new to the industry, people with little mathematical background, or for beginners. The book is more or less straight forward for people who come from physics or optics backgrounds and have had at least 1 year of graduate school. In fact, there are quite a few useful and practical things in this book both for component and systems designers. I have found this book to be excellent both in industry and in academic environments. I highly recommend this book.

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this book.
Contains nothing but very abstract mathematical concepts and formula derivations that would only be of interest to scientists. This book offer NO examples or PRACTICAL insight on how fiber systems actually work. Useless.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good review of state-of-the-art of the field
I read this book studying one of the courses during my Ph.D. and it definitely belongs to my bookshelf. My only complain was that while the basic theory and concepts are given well, the very recent developments are hardly systematized, notably in the chapter on optical networks. I am not sure however if this could be done better. The book also contains a number of errors. ... Read more

10. Time Domain Electromagnetics
by S. M. Rao
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Catlog: Book (1999-07-15)
Publisher: Academic Press
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Time Domain Electromagnetics deals with a specific technique in electromagnetics within the general area of electrical engineering. This mathematical method has become a standard for a wide variety of applications for design and problem solving. This method of analysis in electromagnetics is directly related to advances in cellular and mobile communications technology, as well as traditional EM areas such as radar, antennas, and wave propagation. Most of the material is available in the research journals which is difficult for a non-specialist to locate, read, understand, and effectively use for the problem at hand.

* Only book currently available to practicing engineers and research scientists exclusively devoted to this subject
* Includes contributions by the world's leading experts in electromagnetics
* Presents the most popular methods used in time domain analysis are included at one place with thorough discussion of the methods in an easily understandable style
* In each chapter, many simple and practical examples are discussed thoroughly to illustrate the salient points of the material presented
* All chapters are written in a consistent style that allows the book to be of use for self-study by professionals as well as for use in a graduate-level course in electrical engineering
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11. Fiber Optic Video Transmission : The Complete Guide
by David R. Goff, Kimberly S. Hansen, Michelle K. Stull
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Catlog: Book (2002-12-20)
Publisher: Focal Press
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Fiber Optic Video Transmission: The Complete Guide is the only comprehensive reference to the techniques and hardware required to transmit video signals over optical fiber.As the broadcast industry moves to HDTV and enhanced television standards become the norm, fiber will become the medium of choice for video transmission, and this book is the essential guide to transmitting video over fiber optic cables.

From the most basic video signal to complex multi-channel high definition video, this book details the methods of encoding video signals (including AM, FM, and digital encoding), the advantages and disadvantages of all encoding methods, and the expected performance of each method.A discussion of the the fiber optic components - such as lasers, LEDs, detectors, connectors, and other components - that are best for video transmission applications is also included.A glossary of terms, appendices of standards and publications, and a complete index round out this comprehensive guide.

*A detailed guide to the techniques and hardware required to transmit video over optical fiber

*Covers broad range of applications: cable T.V., studio-to-studio transmissions, medical imaging, distance learning, security and surveillance, and intelligent traffic systems
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12. Optical Fiber Sensors, Volume III: Components and Subsystems
by Brian Culshaw, John Dakin
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Catlog: Book (1997-01)
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This hands-on, problem-solving guide is the third volume in aclassic set of optical fiber technology books. This volume bringstogether the knowledge of international experts to create astate-of-the-art picture of optical fiber sensors. It includestechnology overviews and survey applications, describes measurement andimplementation techniques, and features helpful real-world case studieswith actual sensor performance examples. The authors also discuss thesignificance of recent fiber optic developments, such as Fiber Bragggrating, the optical fiber amplifier, and distributed sensing. ... Read more

13. Structural Monitoring with Fiber Optic Technology
by Raymond M. Measures
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Catlog: Book (2001-03-12)
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This book is the first to address the field of structurally integrated fiber optic sensors. Fiber optic sensors embedded within materials and systems are able to measure a variety of parameters (i.e. temperature, vibration, deformation, strain, etc.) that allows for real time non-destructive evaluation. Examples include the following: monitoring structural fatigue in aging aircraft or loads in bridge structures. In more advanced applications, fiber optic sensors control actuators that allow materials to adapt to their environment. This gives rise to the names, "smart," "intelligent," and/or "adaptive" materials or structures.
Structural Monitoring with Fiber Optic Technology is the firs single author book on the new field of fiber optic structural sensing. As such it provides: coverage of the fundamentals of the technology, a coherent and systematic discussion on the most important aspects of the subject, a broad view of the subject, while retaining a degree of focus on those advances most significant in terms of their future potential, particularly in regard to broad implementation of the technology. The book provides an introduction to the relevant value to structural monitoring. It also highlights the advantages of fiber optic based sensors over conventional electrical measurement technology.
The book richly illustrates the subject matter with 615 figures and provides many examples of fiber optic structural sensing, including a detailed overview of a number of major field site applications. Most of these large scale applications are drawn from the civil engineering community as they have been the first to strongly embrace fiber optic structural monitoring. This is especially true for bridges, where innovative new designs and the use of fiber reinforced polymer composite materials to replace steel represents a major advance that is expected to revolutionize the construction industry. Examples include new bridges, which are serving as testbeds for these new materials and are instrumented with arrays of fiber optic structural sensors. In one case, this state-of-the-art monitoring system permits engineers at a distant site to track the response of the bridge to traffic loads and keep an eye on the long term performance of the new materials. Fiber optic structural sensing technology is equally applicable to other industrial sectors, such as the aerospace and marine industries. Indeed, several examples of ships being instrumented with arrays of fiber optic sensors are also included.

* The author directed one of the leading laboratories in the development of this technology and its application to civil engineering
* Provides a strong, concise foundation in the basics of the technology
* Includes many examples of the application of the technology, including many major field site case studies
* Richly illustrated with 615 figures, many redrawn to make them easier to understand; also includes over 600 references
* Written in a style designed to help the reader unfamiliar with fiber optic technology appreciate what can be accomplished with this new form of structural monitoring
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14. Photonics Rules of Thumb: Optics, Electro-Optics, Fiber Optics and Lasers
by John Lester Miller, EdFriedman
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Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional
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Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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Even the brightest and most capable optical engineer would be stymied without the use of practical principles of estimation. These ``rules of thumb'' make it possible to get a quick idea--completely adequate for the moment--of the impact a given design change will have. Now, for the first time anywhere, these time-tested estimation rules have been gathered together in a single handy source. Arranged alphabetically according to specialty, this unique book spans the entire spectrum of photonics, from optics to lasers. Scientists and engineers, at all levels from the student through the seasoned professional, will want to keep this fast and easy-to-use reference near at hand. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars They Learned This Stuff The Hard Way
I'm a great fan of lore books as opposed to textbooks or reference books. Lore books are the ones that contain the things that many people in the field may know, but which they had to learn the hard way, and I like them because they help me learn the easy way!

Miller and Friedman have written a fun and very useful lore book, which has helped a lot of electro-optics people (including me) stay out of some nasty potholes. The book is inexpensive, and if you're building or specifying electro-optical systems of any sort, you should own it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great reference book
Easy to use and practical for the engineer and physisist invovlved in optics projects. Will save you the embarassment of not knowing the limits of many common optical devices and systems.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very useful & practical for optics/photonics practitioners
Very good book, with a lots of "short cuts" and good "back of an envelop" estimations However, high degree of subject understanding is required when practicing these short cuts. So be careful!

One topics omitted is that of Microscopy (one entry). There are a lots of Rules of Thumb that can help with resolution, magnification, NA or f/#, field of view, depth of field, depth of focus, working distance, etc. Perhaps these can be added to a subsequent edition of the book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent photonics systems design handbook!
Pricey consultants won't like this book! The authors have provided the photonics system design engineer with both knowledge and wisdom. This is a very rare in technical books, it is clearly a labor of love. ... Read more

15. Structure Formation in Polymeric Fibers
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16. Fiber Optics Handbook: Fiber, Devices, and Systems for Optical Communications
by Michael Bass, Eric W. Van Stryland, Optical Society of America
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Fiber optics is the hottest topic in communications and this book from the world's leading experts clearly lays out all the details of optical communications engineering
* Essential technical guide and solutions kit for the super-fast, super-broad fiber systems and devices powering the fastest-growing communications infrastructure
* Methods for generating above peak performance
* Clear explanations and answers to tough challenges for WDM, DWDM, amplifiers, solitons, and other key technologies
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17. Fiber Optic Systems for Telecommunications
by Roger L.Freeman
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* Concentrates on practical applications rather than theory.
* The author is an established name in the field.
* Offers a tutorial and practical approach for practitioners and students alike.
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18. DWDM and Optical Networks: An Introduction to Terabit Technology
by OttmarKrauss, Ottmar Krauss
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DWDM (dense-wavelength division multiplexing) is a method of providing increased broadband information delivery through existing fiber-optic systems. DWDM and optical networks will form the future backbone of worldwide communications as they allow data transmission at terabits per second, a speed that until recently was hardly conceivable. The book gives individuals a clear and comprehensible introduction to DWDM and its use in the coming generation of optical networks. ... Read more

19. Troubleshooting Optical Fiber Networks : Understanding and Using Optical Time-Domain Reflectometers
by Duwayne Anderson, Larry Johnson, Florian G., Ph.D. Bell
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This book offers comprehensive, state-of-the-art information about time-domain fiber-optic testing.Readers will gain an understanding of how to troubleshoot optical-fiber networks using an optical time-domain reflectometer (OTDR), while learning the fundamental principles underlying the operation of these powerful testing instruments.From basic fiber optics and fiber testing, to detailed event-analysis techniques, this book covers the entire spectrum of time-domain optical cable test theory and applications.

* Only book available focusing solely on OTDR theory and practice
* Covers the entire spectrum of time-domain optical cable test theory and applications
* Designed to be accessible to both engineers and system technicians
* Includes OTDR training CD
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20. Erbium-Doped Fiber Amplifiers
by P. C. Becker, N.A. Olsson, J.R. Simpson
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Catlog: Book (1999-05-15)
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Erbium Fiber Amplifiers is a comprehensive introduction to the increasingly important topic of optical amplification. Written by three Bell Labs pioneers, the book stresses the importance of the interrelation of materials properties, optical properties, and systems aspects of optical fiber amplifiers.
The floppy disk included with the book contains a PC based educational version of the sophisticated commercial amplifier simulation package OASIX (sold by the Specialty Fiber Group of Lucent Technologies). This powerful numerical simulation software allows one to simulate the performance of a real erbium fiber amplifier, and obtain its properties such as signal gain and noise generated. Several parameter sets are included, each of which represents a commercially available type of erbium doped fiber usedin different kinds of amplifiers (e.g. preamplifiers and power amplifiers). The user can vary, via Windows based input screens, various amplifier characteristics such as fiber length, pump power, signal power, and additional signals. The output is savedin a file which can be read by any spreadsheet or plotting package for graphical representation of the results. The software allows the reader to explore on his or her own the concepts of amplifier performance discussed in the book, and gain a more intuitive and interactive educational experience leading to a richer understanding of erbium-doped fiber amplifiers and their applications.

Key Features
* Includes a software disk with a PC-based amplifier simulation tool derived from a sophisticated commercial package (OASIX), which allows the reader to gain an interactive educational experience using parameters for commercially available erbium-doped fibers
* Explains the theory of noise in optically amplified systems in an intuitive way
* The book contains a discussion of components used in amplifier fabrication and of the attendant technologies used in real systems
* The book provides basic tools for amplifier design as well as systems engineering, including the latest developments in WDM and soliton systems
* The book discusses the fundamentals of rare earth ions for the reader desiring more depth in the topic
* The book is for either the novice of experienced reader
* The chapter have links between them to allow the reader to understand the relationship between the amplifier characteristics, noise, and systems applications
* The book contains extensive references
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5-0 out of 5 stars A book with brief theory and a lot of pratical examples
The book covers the most issue of EDFA, from components used in EDFA to optical system, even simulation software (I have used the software, but it is not easy to learn and not flexible for EDFA design). It seems to me, the authors have deep experienced working background in this field. There are a lot of practical examples. It is a very good reference book to my work (optical fiber system engineer). The authors give a brief and clear theoretical description, just to reminder your knowledge. It is toll; I like this style and would like to recommend it as the best book.

3-0 out of 5 stars Way closer to the facts
As the author of " EDFAs : principles and applications", I have been dismayed by a courageous anonymous statement "Way better than Desurvire's tome", recently posted under the form of a review of the Becker-Olsson-Simpson book. My goal is not to review the book, which I find to be an excellent introduction to the field. It is to respond to some statements made by the critic, which have little to do with facts and history. Concerning first the "invention" of the EDFA, it is wiser to leave the debate to international awards committees and foundations, and to stay away from outsiders' gossips. Addressing the issue of co-authorship is much easier. During the so-called EDFA-pioneering period,1987-90, Bell Labs has released 52 papers (*). Accordingly, 52 investigators have been " first authors ", with the following breakdown :

Desurvire (24), Giles (11), Zyskind (7), Olsson (4), Simpson (2) and Becker (2).

In terms of global authorship, combining first and co-author contributions, the numbers are :

Desurvire (38), Simpson (38), Giles (22), Zyskind (18), Becker (14) and Olsson (13).

The high number of publications for J.R.Simpson reflects the fact that he has co-authored 29 papers with myself as first author, including the very first one. I leave it to analysts to conclude from the above data as to wherever the action was happening during these important years. The second folder of the critic is about noise figure definition and development. Here again, the critic exhibits ignorance. The work from the Bell labs core team, as sketched from the above statistics, rapidly led to an optimal EDFA design, which was transferred to the submarine-cable area, for a success that is over-documented. Actually, the floppy-disk EDFA model offered in the B-O-S book is based upon the theory developped by C.R.Giles and myself. It is also extensively used in amplifier simulation software by suppliers and compagnies worlwide, as being generic and accurate. The critic gives me credit for the noise figure definition, which has since become a standard. It is brought to his kind attention that the issue, after all these years yet, is important enough to mobilize top MIT experts with possible consequences for standards in the technology. As a conclusion to help re-orienting the critic's future, I will say first that you cannot create a start-up from the integration of any book's knowledge (no matter how good, accurate and applied, no matter how many books), because this is not what is expected from start-up " entrepreneurs ". Second, actual expertise in optical communications requires sweat mind work, not sweet talking at job-interview time. Finally, short of experience and appreciation, please keep respect to the generations of enginers at Bell Labs, and elsewhere in Europe and Japan, who paved the way to the Internet technology with their combined touch and visions.---- (*) source : " H.R.D.Sunak, Bibliography on EDFAs : 19987 to 1990, EDFA consultants publisher, Kingston, RI, 1991 ", p.163.

4-0 out of 5 stars not a very rigorous approach but still useful
I found this book useful to catch up with the current issues in EDFA design. It gives a fair idea of the subject. The approach taken for optical communication link issues is not rigorous and is oversimplified. The book gives good introduction to OASIX package for EDFA design.Probably good for someone who is not interested in detailed theory of EDFA.

Desurvire remains 'The Bible' for serious EDFA scientists and Engineers alike.

5-0 out of 5 stars BEST IN CLASS
most up-to-date, fewest mistakes (by far), clearest, most-well-thought-out-treatment

3-0 out of 5 stars Re: EDFA argument
I am interested in reviews about the book but i am perplexed by the furore as penned in the previous e-mails, having just written that however i would just like to re-iteriate the point made previously that a huge amount of in-fibre technology development and research work was done at the University of Southampton. NB I haven't used the book yet so ignore the star rating ... Read more

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