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Optical Networks

A Practical Perspective

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.

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

Hardbound, 928 Pages

Published: August 2009

Imprint: Morgan Kaufmann

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


  • 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


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