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High-Speed Lightwave Transmission in Optical Fibers

Herwig Kogelnik
Science
New Series, Vol. 228, No. 4703 (May 31, 1985), pp. 1043-1048
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1694272
Page Count: 6
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High-Speed Lightwave Transmission in Optical Fibers
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Abstract

There has been considerable progress in the telecommunications technology based on the transmission of lightwaves through optical fibers. Systems experiments in the 1.55-micrometer band have now demonstrated the capability of transmitting at rates as high as 2 gigabits per second over fiber lengths exceeding 100 kilometers, without the use of repeaters to boost the signal. Elements of this progress are advances in the fabrication of low-loss single-mode fibers, in the spectral control of semiconductor junction lasers assuring single-frequency operation, and in high-speed detectors and receivers.

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