Troubleshooting Optical Fiber Networks

Troubleshooting Optical Fiber Networks

Understanding and Using Optical Time-Domain Reflectometers

1st Edition - May 7, 2004

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  • Authors: Duwayne Anderson, Larry Johnson, Florian Bell
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080492360

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Troubleshooting Optical Fiber Networks 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.

Key Features

  • Only book available focusing solely on OTDR theory and practice
  • Covers the entire spectrum of time-domain optical cable test theory and applications
  • Designed to be accessible to both engineers and system technicians


Fiber-optic system engineers, test technicians, and students in courses on fiber-optic networks.

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.

Product details

  • No. of pages: 437
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2004
  • Published: May 7, 2004
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080492360

About the Authors

Duwayne Anderson

Affiliations and Expertise

Tektronix, Inc. Wilsonville, OR

Larry Johnson

Affiliations and Expertise

The Light Brigade Kent, WA

Florian Bell

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