Optical Networks

Optical Networks

A Practical Perspective

3rd Edition - August 21, 2009

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  • Authors: Rajiv Ramaswami, Kumar Sivarajan, Galen Sasaki
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123740922
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080920726

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Optical Networks, Third Edition 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.

Key Features

  • In-depth coverage of optimization, design, and management of the components and transmission of optical networks
  • Filled with examples, figures, and problem sets to aid in development of dependable, speedy networks
  • Focuses on practical, networking-specific issues: everything you need to know to implement currently available optical solutions


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

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction to Optical Networks

    2. Propagation of Signals in Optical Fiber
    3. Components
    4. Modulation and Demodulation
    5. Transmission System Engineering

    6. Client Layers of the Optical Layer
    7. WDM Network Elements
    8. WDM Network Design
    9. Control and Management
    10. Network Survivability
    11. Access Networks
    12. Photonic Packet Switching
    13. Deployment Considerations

    A. Acronyms
    B. Symbols and Parameters
    C. Standards
    D. Wave Equations
    E. Pulse Propagation in Optical Fiber
    F. Nonlinear Polarization
    G. Multilayer Thin-Film Filters
    H. Random Variables and Processes
    I. Receiver Noise Statistics

Product details

  • No. of pages: 928
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Morgan Kaufmann 2009
  • Published: August 21, 2009
  • Imprint: Morgan Kaufmann
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123740922
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080920726

About the Authors

Rajiv Ramaswami

Rajiv Ramaswami worked on optical networks for fifteen years from research to commercial deployment and is currently a vice president at Cisco. He is an IEEE Fellow, a Distinguished Alumnus of IIT Madras, and received a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.

Affiliations and Expertise

Nortel Networks

Kumar Sivarajan

Kumar N. Sivarajan worked on optical, wireless and telecommunication networks for ten years in academia and research labs before cofounding the optical networking company, Tejas Networks, Bangalore, in 2000. He has a B.Tech. degree from IIT Madras and a Ph.D. from Caltech, Pasadena.

Affiliations and Expertise

Tejas Networks

Galen Sasaki

Galen Sasaki worked on optical networks for sixteen years in academia and is an Associate Professor at the University of Hawaii. He has a BS degree from the University of Hawaii and MS and Ph.D degrees from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Affiliations and Expertise

Chair, EE Department, University of Hawaii

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