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Applications of Nonlinear Fiber Optics - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780120451449, 9780080499222

Applications of Nonlinear Fiber Optics

1st Edition

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Author: Govind Agrawal
eBook ISBN: 9780080499222
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 16th January 2001
Page Count: 459
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Most of the material in this volume is new. The first three chapters deal with three important fiber-optic components--fiber-based gratings, couplers, and interferometers--that serve as the building blocks of lightwave technology. In view of the enormous impact of rare-earth-doped fibers, amplifiers and lasers made by using such fibers are covered in Chapters 4 and 5. The last three chapters describe important applications of nonlinear fiber optics and are devoted to pulse-compression techniques, fiber-optic communication systems, and soliton-based transmission schemes. This volume should serve well the need of the scientific community interested in such fields as ultrafast phenomena, optical amplifiers and lasers, and optical communications. It will also be useful to graduate students as well as scientists and engineers involved in lightwave technology.

Key Features

  • Training resource for engineers involved with lightwave technology
  • Covers the importance of nonlinear effects in designing WDM lightwave systems
  • Up to date information for researchers


Engineers in optical communications industry. Graduate students in optics, physics, & EE. Scientists working in fiber optics and nonlinear optics.

Table of Contents


  1. Fiber Gratings
  2. Fiber Couplers
  3. Fiber Interferometers
  4. Fiber Amplifiers
  5. Fiber Lasers
  6. Pulse Compression
  7. Fiber-Optic Communications
  8. Soliton Lightwave Systems Appendix A. Bit-error rate Appendix B. Acronyms Index


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About the Author

Govind Agrawal

Govind P. Agrawal received his B.Sc. degree from the University of Lucknow in 1969 with honours. He was awarded a gold medal for achieving the top position in the university. Govind joined the Indian Institute of Technology at New Delhi in 1969 and received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in 1971 and 1974, respectively. After holding positions at the Ecole Polytechnique (France), the City University of New York, and the Laser company, Quantel, Orsay, France, Dr. Agrawal joined in 1981 the technical staff of the world-famous AT&T Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, N.J., USA, where he worked on problems related to the development of semiconductor lasers and fiber-optic communication systems. He joined in 1989 the faculty of the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester where he is a Professor of Optics. His research interests focus on quantum electronics, nonlinear optics, and optical communications. In particular, he has contributed significantly to the fields of semiconductor lasers, nonlinear fiber optics, and optical communications. He is an author or co-author of more than 250 research papers, several book chapters and review articles, and four books. He has also edited the books "Contemporary Nonlinear Optics" (Academic Press, 1992) and "Semiconductor Lasers: Past, Present and Future" (AIP Press, 1995). The books authored by Dr. Agrawal have influenced an entire generation of scientists. Several of them have been translated into Chinese, Japanese, Greek, and Russian.

Affiliations and Expertise

Institute of Optics, University of Rochester, NY, USA


As the field grew, Agrawal decided to split this text off from his Nonlinear Fiber Optics, which is more concerned with the discipline's fundamentals. This edition is intended for senior undergraduates, graduate students, engineers and technicians in the telecommunications industry, and scientists working with fiber optics and optical communications. It covers the building blocks of light-wave technology--fiber-based gratings, couplers, and interferometers--as well as amplifiers and lasers made using rare-earth-doped fibers; pulse-compression techniques; fiber-optic communication systems; and soliton-based transmission schemes.Book News, Inc.®, Portland, OR

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