Optical Networks

A Practical Perspective


  • Rajiv Ramaswami, Nortel Networks
  • Rajiv Ramaswami, Nortel Networks
  • Kumar Sivarajan, Tejas Networks
  • Galen Sasaki, Chair, EE Department, University of Hawaii

The third edition of Optical Networks continues to be the authoritative source for information on optical networking technologies and techniques. Componentry and transmission are discussed in detail with emphasis on practical networking issues that affect organizations as they evaluate, deploy, or develop optical networks. New updates in this rapidly changing technology are introduced. These updates include sections on pluggable optical transceivers, ROADM (reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexer), and electronic dispersion compensation. Current standards updates such as G.709 OTN, as well as, those for GPON, EPON, and BPON are featured. Expanded discussions on multimode fiber with additional sections on photonic crystal and plastic fibers, as well as expanded coverage of Ethernet and Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS).

This book clearly explains all the hard-to-find information on architecture, control and management. It serves as your guide at every step of optical networking-- from planning to implementation through ongoing maintenance. This book is your key to thoroughly understanding practical optical networks.

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Network engineers, designers, planners, architects, and managers, optical network and product developers, and graduate level computer science or electrical engineering students, and industry researchers in optics, communications engineering, and networking


Book information

  • Published: August 2009
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-374092-2


"The authors’ grasp of what is truly workable and worthwhile in optical networks is fundamental, and they have effectively packaged this knowledge in an easy-to-comprehend text that will be valued to both veterans and those new to optical networking."-- Scott Grout, President and CEO, Chorum Technologies

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction to Optical Networks
Chapter 2: Propagation of Signals in Optical Fiber
Chapter 3: Components
Chapter 4: Modulation and Demodulation
Chapter 5: Transmission System Engineering
Chapter 6: Client Layers of the Optical Layer
Chapter 7: WDM Network Elements
Chapter 8: WDM Network Design
Chapter 9: Control and Management
Chapter 10: Network Survivability
Chapter 11: Access Networks
Chapter 12: Photonic Packet Switching
Chapter 13: Deployment Considerations
Appendix A: Acronyms
Appendix B: Symbols and Parameters
Appendix C: Standards
Appendix D: Wave Equations
Appendix E: Pulse Propagation in Optical Fiber
Appendix F: Nonlinear Polarization
Appendix G: Multilayer Thin-Film Filters
Appendix H: Random Variables and Processes
Appendix I: Receiver Noise Statistics