Fiber Optics Resources

Fiber-optic communication is a method of transmitting information from one place to another by sending pulses of light through an optical fiber. The light forms an electromagnetic carrier wave that is modulated to carry information. First developed in the 1970s, fiber-optic communication systems have revolutionized the telecommunications industry and have played a major role in the advent of the Information Age. Because of its advantages over electrical transmission, optical fibers have largely replaced copper wire communications in core networks in the developed world.  - Wikipedia

The companies listed below are experts in the field of fiber optics and provide useful information on their websites as well as offering expert service.

A Fiber Optic Primer and Tutorial: Designing Networks for Optimum Performance |
From Computing News, by Joe St Sauver.

An Introduction to Fiber Optics and Broadcasting |
From SMPTE Journal, by Geoff Snell.

Applications of Optical Fiber Sensors to Structural Health Monitoring, Optimization and Life-Cycle Cost Control for Oil and Gas Infrastructures |
From BNET.

AUV Fiber Optic Cable Laying |
Abstract by Phil Hartley & Bruce Butler.

Basics of Fiber Optic Cable |
Brief overview of fiber optic cable advantages over copper.

Electro-optic Fiber Sensor for Amplitude and Phase Detection of Radio Frequency Electromagnetic Fields |
Abstract from Optics InfoBase.

European Optical Society (EOS) |
Serves as the joint forum for all individuals, companies, organisations, educational institutions, and learned and professional societies, who recognise the opportunity and challenge that a common European base provides for the development of optics in its broadest sense.

Fiber in the Horizontal: The Better Way to Carry Information |
White paper prepared by the Fiber Optics LAN Section of the Telecommunications Industry Association.

Fibre Optic Cabling | | UK
Fibre optic cabling, connectors, testing, terminations, & safety information.

Fiber Optic Cabling for Indoor/Outdoor Installations | Optic Cabling IndoorOutdoor.pdf
White Paper by Beni Blell, Berk-Tek, a Nexans Company.

Fiber Optic Data Communications for the Premises Environment |
From Telebyte, by Dr. Kenneth S. Schneider. |
Basics of fiber optic transmission, applications, links, societies & organizations.

FibreSystems Europe | | +44 (0)117 929 7481 | UK
Delivers incisive, informed and indepth coverage of the technology and business issues affecting the specification, purchase and deployment of optical equipment, networks and services across Europe.

How Fiber Optics Work |
From How Stuff Works, by Craig C. Freudenrich, Ph.D.

IEEE Laser & Electro-Optics Society | | Piscataway, NJ
TThe society's focus is on lasers, optical devices, optical fibers, and associated lightwave technology and their applications in systems and subsystems in which quantum electronic devices are key elements.

Inspection and Cleaning Procedures for Fiber-Optic Connections |,2000063328,22136292p-16001516q,00.htm
From ZDNet Australia.

International Commission for Optics (ICO) | | (34) 91 3944684 | Spain
Our objective is to contribute, on an international basis, to the progress and diffusion of knowledge in the field of optics.

Introduction to IBIS Modeling of Fiber Optic Transceivers |
Abstract by Mark Chang. The paper serves as an introduction to IBIS models and discusses Agilent’s efforts in creating IBIS models for its networking devices.

Lascomm | | 805-496-8053 | Westlake Village, CA
Fiber optic communications tutorials.

Lennie Lightwave's Guide To Fiber Optics | | 760-451-3655 | Fallbrook, CA
Part of the VDV Academy Fiber Optic Training Programs.

Miniaturized Two-photon Microscope Based on a Flexible Coherent Fiber Bundle and a Gradient-index Lens Objective |
From the Optical Society of America.

N-Tron Fiber Optic White Paper |
Whitepaper from N-TRON Corp.

Optical Society of America (OSA) | | 202-223-8130 | Washington, DC
Increases and diffuses the knowledge of optics, pure and applied, promotes the common interests of investigators of optical problems, of designers and of users of optical apparatus of all kinds, and encourages cooperation among them.

The Fiber Optic Association, Inc | | 760-451-3655 / Fallbrook, CA
An international non-profit professional society for the fiber optic industry. The society develops educational programs, certifies fiber optic technicians, approves fiber optic training courses, participates in standards-making processes and generally promotes fiber optics.

The International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE) | | 360-676-3290 | Bellingham WA

A not-for-profit society that has become the largest international force for the exchange, collection and dissemination of knowledge in optics, photonics and imaging.

The Truth About Fiber in Local Area Networks | Myths White Paper final.pdf
Prepared by the Fiber Optics LAN Section of the Telecommunications Industry Association.