Optical Fiber Telecommunications VI (A&B) is the sixth in a series that has chronicled the progress in the R&D of lightwave communications since the early 1970s. Written by active authorities from academia and industry, this edition brings a fresh look to many essential topics, including devices, subsystems, systems and networks. A central theme is the enabling of high-bandwidth communications in a cost-effective manner for the development of customer applications. These volumes are an ideal reference for R&D engineers and managers, optical systems implementers, university researchers and students, network operators, and investors.

Volume A is devoted to components and subsystems, including photonic integrated circuits, multicore and few-mode fibers, photonic crystals, silicon photonics, signal processing, and optical interconnections.

Volume B is devoted to systems and networks, including advanced modulation formats, coherent detection, Tb/s channels, space-division multiplexing, reconfigurable networks, broadband access, undersea cable, satellite communications, and microwave photonics.

Key Features

  • All the latest technologies and techniques for developing future components and systems
  • Edited by two winners of the highly prestigious OSA/IEEE John Tyndal award and a President of IEEE's Lasers & Electro-Optics Society (7,000 members)
  • Written by leading experts in the field, it is the most authoritative and comprehensive reference on optical engineering on the market


R&D engineers working on developing next generation optical components; fiber optic systems and network engineers; graduates and academic researchers.

Table of Contents


Dedication 2

Preface—Overview of OFT VI A & B

Six Editions

OFT VI Volume A: Components and Subsystems

OFT VI Volume B: Systems and Networks

Chapter 1. Fiber Nonlinearity and Capacity: Single-Mode and Multimode Fibers

1.1 Introduction

1.2 Network Traffic and Optical Systems Capacity

1.3 Information Theory

1.4 Single-Mode Fibers: Single Polarization

1.5 Single-Mode Fibers: Polarization-Division Multiplexing

1.6 Multicore and Multimode Fibers

1.7 Conclusion


Chapter 2. Commercial 100-Gbit/s Coherent Transmission Systems

2.1 Introduction

2.2 Optical Channel Designs

2.3 100G Channel—From Wish to Reality

2.4 Introduction of 100G Channels to Service Provider Networks

2.5 Impact of Commercial 100G System to Transport Network

2.6 Outlook Beyond Commercial 100G Systems

2.7 Summary


Chapter 3. Advances in Tb/s Superchannels

3.1 Introduction

3.2 Superchannel Principle

3.3 Modulation

3.4 Multiplexing

3.5 Detection

3.6 Superchannel Transmission

3.7 Networking Implications

3.8 Conclusion


Chapter 4. Optical Satellite Communications

4.1 Introduction

4.2 Lasercom Link Budgets

4.3 Laser Beam Propagation Through the Atmosphere

4.4 Optical Transceivers for Space Applications

4.5 Space Terminal

4.6 Ground Terminal

4.7 List of Acronyms


Chapter 5. Digital Signal Processing (DSP) and Its Application in Optical Communication Systems

5.1 Introduction

5.2 Digital Signal Processing and Its Functional Blocks

5.3 Application of DBP-Based DSP to Optical Fiber Transmission in the nonlinear regime

5.4 Summary and Future Questions




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About the editors

Tingye Li

Tingye Li retired from AT&T in 1998 after a 41-year career at Bell Labs and AT&T Labs. His seminal work on laser resonator modes is considered a classic. Since the late 1960s, he and his groups have conducted pioneering studies on lightwave technologies and systems. He led the work on amplified WDM transmission systems and championed their deployment for upgrading network capacity. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a foreign member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering. He is a recipient of the IEEE David Sarnoff Award, IEEE/OSA John Tyndall Award, OSA Ives Medal/Quinn Endowment, AT&T Science and Technology Medal, and IEEE Photonics Award.

Affiliations and Expertise

AT&T Labs (retired)

Alan Willner

Alan Willner has worked at AT&T Bell Labs and Bellcore, and he is Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Southern California. He received the NSF Presidential Faculty Fellows Award from the White House, Packard Foundation Fellowship, NSF National Young Investigator Award, Fulbright Foundation Senior Scholar, IEEE LEOS Distinguished Lecturer, and USC University-Wide Award for Excellence in Teaching. He is a Fellow of IEEE and OSA, and he has been President of the IEEE LEOS, Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE/OSA J. of Lightwave Technology, Editor-in-Chief of Optics Letters, Co-Chair of the OSA Science & Engineering Council, and General Co-Chair of the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Southern California, USA


"It consists of two impressive volumes… It covers quite a few advances and novelties in the field, such as streaming, routing, and switching in optical networks; higher-order modulation; and space division multiplexing…It requires a reasonably knowledgeable reader…searching for a particular topic of interest to study in more detail."--Computing Reviews, May 20, 2014
"Optical fiber communications researchers and engineers, most at corporations but some in academic and public laboratories, update the compendium of current knowledge from the 2008 fifth edition. This second of two volumes concentrates on systems and networks."--Reference & Research Book News, October 2013
"For more than three decades, the OFT series has served as the comprehensive primary resource covering progress in the science and technology of optical fiber telecoms. It has been essential for the bookshelves of researchers and engineers active in the field. OFT VI provides updates on considerable progress in established disciplines, as well as introductions to important new topics. [OFT VI] … generates a value that is even higher than that of the sum of its chapters."--Herwig Kogelnik, Vice President Adjunct, Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent
"Optical fiber telecommunications is the Internet's "silver bullet". Without [its] innovations, we would not be enjoying today's abundance of bandwidth and the Internet's many unforeseen applications. [This field’s] amazing pace of innovation has been long sustained due partially to this historic book series now extended by OFT VI…  This series has long served to help organize, communicate, and set the agenda for innovations, thereby accelerating them. [For example, 100Mbps Ethernet] … was carried on optical fibers in the 1970s. Today, we have standardized 100Gbps Ethernet.  Who knows where OFT VI will lead, but surely to