Troubleshooting Optical Fiber Networks

Understanding and Using Optical Time-Domain Reflectometers


  • Duwayne Anderson, Tektronix, Inc. Wilsonville, OR
  • Larry Johnson, The Light Brigade Kent, WA
  • Florian Bell

This book offers comprehensive, state-of-the-art information about time-domain fiber-optic testing. Readers will gain an understanding of how to troubleshoot optical-fiber networks using an optical time-domain reflectometer (OTDR), while learning the fundamental principles underlying the operation of these powerful testing instruments. From basic fiber optics and fiber testing, to detailed event-analysis techniques, this book covers the entire spectrum of time-domain optical cable test theory and applications.
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Fiber-optic system engineers, test technicians, and students in courses on fiber-optic networks.


Book information

  • Published: May 2004
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-058661-5

Table of Contents

Early Development, Fundamentals of Fiber Optics, Fundamentals of OTDR Operation, Performance Characteristics of OTDRs, Measuring Non-Reflective Events, Loss-Measurement Error, Measuring Reflective Events, Complications Caused by Reflective Events, Measuring the Numerical Aperture and Cut-Off Wavelength of Single-Mode Fiber, Using OTDRs to Analyze Passive Networks that Include Couplers, Automatic-Event Marking Algorithms and Calibration, Test Fixtures, Polarization Mode Dispersion, Dispersion in Optical Fibers, Considerations in Purchasing your OTDR.