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.


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

Table of Contents


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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. Advances in Fiber Distributed-Feedback Lasers

1.1 Introduction

1.2 Fiber DFB Lasers

1.3 Summary and concluding remarks—outlook


Chapter 2. Semiconductor Photonic Integrated Circuit Transmitters and Receivers

2.1 Introduction

2.2 Technology

2.3 Devices based on on-off keying (OOK)

2.4 PICs based on advanced modulation formats

2.5 Future trends


Chapter 3. Advances in Photodetectors and Optical Receivers

3.1 Introduction

3.2 High-speed waveguide photodiodes

3.3 High-power photodiodes

3.4 Long-wavelength photodiodes on silicon

3.5 APDs

3.6 Conclusion


Chapter 4. Fundamentals of Photonic Crystals for Telecom Applications—Photonic Crystal Lasers

4.1 Introduction

4.2 Ultimate Nanolasers

4.3 Broad-Area Coherent Lasers

4.4 Conclusion


Chapter 5. High-Speed Polymer Optical Modulators

5.1 Introduction

5.2 Material design

5.3 EO Material characterization

5.4 Fundamental EO Performance Characterization

5.5 Device Design

5.6 Wafer Fabrication

5.7 Conclusion


Chapter 6. Nanophotonics for Low-Power Switches

6.1 Introduction

6.2 Existing and Emerging Materials

6.3 Switches

6.4 Summary and Conclusions


Chapter 7. Fibers for Short-Distance Applications

7.1 Introduction

7.2 Theory of Light Propagation in Multimode Fibers

7.3 Characterization of MM Fiber and Sources for High Data Rate Applications

7.4 System Models and Measurements for 1Gb and


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"Optical fiber communications researchers and engineers, most at corporations but some in academic and public laboratories, update the compendium of current knowledge, as they do every five to eight years. This first of two volumes cover components and subsystems…" --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 Terabit Ethernet, and soon." --Bob Metcalfe, Ethernet inventor and Professor, University of Texas at Austin

"This sixth edition … is not a simple update of this technical field, but it is extending its coverage to include new materials, devices, systems, and applications. It is the next step forward to cover the entire photonics networking technology field that supports our information-based society. I