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Fiber-Optic Communication Systems
Third Edition
by Govind P. Agrawal

Fiber-Optic Communication Systems offers comprehensive, up-to-date coverage of fiber-optic communication systems with an emphasis on physical understanding and engineering aspects.

Fiber-Optic Communication Systems covers both the systems and components aspects of fiber-optic communication systems with a focus on the physics and technology behind them.

The Third Edition has been updated to reflect the current state of the art of lightwave transmission systems, with particular emphasis on the rapid development of the WDM technology and system design issues pertaining to current topics of research.

These include new data on lightwave systems design, optical amplification and dispersion-management techniques, multichannel lightwave systems, soliton communication systems, and coherent lightwave systems.

Researchers and students alike will benefit from extensive pedagogical aids including:

  • Extensive reference lists for each chapter
  • Survey of recent research material for each topic
  • Relevant end-of-chapter practice problems for teachers and students
  • Solutions Manual available to teachers on request
  • System design software on the enclosed CD-ROM

Fiber-Optic Communication Systems is also a valuable resource for undergraduate courses at the senior level and a valuable professional reference for researchers and engineers working in the fields of telecommunications and lightwave technology.


  1. Introduction
    • Historical Perspective
    • Basic Concepts
    • Optical Communication Systems
    • Lightwave System Components

  2. Optical Fibers
    • Geometrical-Optics Description
    • Wave Propagation
    • Dispersion in Single-Mode Fibers
    • Dispersion-Induced Limitations
    • Fiber Losses
    • Nonlinear Optical Effects
    • Fiber Manufacturing

  3. Optical Transmitters
    • Basic Concepts
    • Light-Emitting Diodes
    • Semiconductor Lasers
    • Control of Longitudinal Modes
    • Laser Characteristics
    • Transmitter Design

  4. Optical Receivers
    • Basic Concepts
    • Common Photodetectors
    • Receiver Design
    • Receiver Noise
    • Receiver Sensitivity
    • Sensitivity Degradation
    • Receiver Performance

  5. Lightwave Systems
    • System Architectures
    • Design Guidelines
    • Long-Haul Systems
    • Sources of Power Penalty
    • Computer-Aided Design

  6. Optical Amplifiers
    • Basic Concepts
    • Semiconductor Optical Amplifiers
    • Raman Amplifiers
    • Erbium-Doped Fiber Amplifiers
    • System Applications

  7. Dispersion Management
    • Need for Dispersion Management
    • Precompensation Schemes
    • Postcompensation Techniques
    • Dispersion-Compensating Fibers
    • Optical Filters
    • Fiber Bragg Gratings
    • Optical Phase Conjugation
    • Long-Haul Lightwave Systems
    • High-Capacity Systems

  8. Multichannel Systems
    • WDM Lightwave Systems
    • WDM Components
    • System Performance Issues
    • Time-Division Multiplexing
    • Subcarrier Multiplexing
    • Code-Division Multiplexing

  9. Soliton Systems
    • Fiber Solitons
    • Soliton-Based Communications
    • Loss-Managed Solitons
    • Dispersion-Managed Solitons
    • Impact of Amplifier Noise
    • High-Speed Soliton Systems
    • WDM Soliton Systems

  10. Coherent Lightwave Systems
    • Basic Concepts
    • Modulation Formats
    • Demodulation Schemes
    • Bit-Error Rate
    • Sensitivity Degradation
    • System Performance
Appendix A: System of Units

Appendix B: Acronyms

Appendix C General Formula for Pulse Broadening

Appendix D Ultimate System Capacity

Appendix E: Software Package


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Fiber-Optic Communication Systems
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Third Edition
by Govind P. Agrawal

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