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  • Optical Fiber Communications

  • OutlineHistoryTypes of fiberLight propagationLosses in optical fiberOptical fiber classificationSourcesDetectorsOptical fiber system link budget

  • IntroductionEM waves are guided through media composed of transparent materialWithout using electrical current flow Uses glass or plastic cable to contain the light wave and guided themInfinite bandwidth carry much more information

  • HistoryPhotophone Alexander Graham Bell Mirrors and detectors transmit sound wave via beam light Awkward, unreliable, no practical application Smoke signals and mirrorsUncoated fiber cables 1930, J.L. Baird and C.W. Hansell scanning and transmitting TV image

  • History1951 light transmission via bundles of fibers leads to fiberscope medical field 1958 light amplification stimulated emission 1960 laser invention 1967 fiber cable with clad 1970 low loss optical cable. < 2 dB/km 1980 optical cable refined affordable optical communication system1990 0.16dB/km loss

  • History1988 long haul transmission system1988 SONET 1990 optical voice and data network are common

  • AdvantagesWider bandwidth Better than metallic cables Up to several thousand GHz Speed up to several GbpsImmunity to crosstalk glass fiber/plastic are non-conductor to electrical current immune to adjacent cablesImmunity to static interference immune to static noise EMI, lightning etc.

  • AdvantagesEnvironmental Immunity more resistant to environment, weather variations wider temperature range operation less affected by corrosive liquids and gasesSafety and convenience safer and easier to install and maintain no current and voltage associated no worry about explosion and fire caused lighter and compact, flexible, lesser space required

  • AdvantagesLower transmission loss lesser loss compared to metallic cables 0.19 dB/km loss @ 1550 nm amplifiers can be spaced more farther apartSecurity virtually impossible to tap into a fiber cableDurability and reliability last longer, higher tolerance to changes in environment and immune to corrosionEconomics Approximately the same cost as metallic cables less loss between repeaters. Lower installation and overall systems cost

  • DisadvantagesInterfacing cost Optical cable transmission medium Needs to be connected to standards electronics facilities often to be expensiveStrength lower tensile strength can be improved with kevlar and protective jacket glass fragile less required for portabilityRemote electrical power need to be include electrical line within fiber cable for interfacing and signal regeneration

  • DisadvantagesLoss due to bending bending causes irregularities in cable dimension the light escapes from fiber core loss of signal power prone to manufacturing defectSpecialized tools, equipment and training tools to splice, repair cable test equipment for measurements skilled technicians

  • Optical Spectrum

  • Optical Communication systems

  • Types of fiber Optical fiber construction

  • Types of fiber Optical fiber construction special lacquer, silicone, or acrylate coating outside of cladding to seal and preserve the fibers strength, protects from moisture Buffer jacket additional cable strength against shocks Strength members increase a tensile strength Outer polyurethane jacket

  • Types of fiber fiber cables either glass, plastic or both Plastic core and cladding (PCP) Glass core plastic cladding (PCS) Glass core glass cladding (SCS) Plastic core more flexible - easier to install but higher attenuation than glass fiber not as good as glass Glass core lesser attenuation best propagation characteristics but least ruggedSelection of fiber depends on its application trade off between economics and logistics of particular application

  • Physics of light Physics of light Einstein and Planck light behaves like EM wave and particles photon posses energy proportional to its frequency

  • light propagation the lowest energy state grounds state energy level above ground state excited state if energy level decays to a lower level loss of energy is emitted as a photons of lightThe process of decaying from one level to another spontaneous decay or spontaneous emissionAtoms can absorbs light energy and change its level to higher level absorption

  • light propagation

    Optical power flow of light energy past a given point in a specified time

  • light propagation

    Optical power generally stated in decibel to define power level (dBm)

    Question 10 mW in dBm?

  • light propagation

    Velocity of Propagation in vacuum 3 x 108 m/s but slower in a more dense material than free space when it passes through different medium or from one medium to another denser material the ray changes its direction due to the change of speed

  • light propagation

    from less dense to more denser material the ray refracted closer to the normal from more denser material to less denser material the ray refracted away from the normal

  • light propagation

    Refraction Occurs when the light travels between two different material density and changes it speed based on the light frequency Refractive Index the ratio of the velocity of propagation of a light ray in a given material

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  • light propagation

    Snells Law how a light ray reacts when it meets the interface of two transmissive materials that have different indexes of refraction

  • light propagation

    Snells Law angle of incidence angle at which the propagating ray strike the interface with respect to the normal angle of refraction the angle formed between the propagating ray and the normal after the ray entered the 2nd medium

  • light propagation

    Snells Law

  • light propagation

    Question medium 1 glass = 1.5 medium 2 ethyl alcohol = 1.36 angle of incident 30o determine the angle of refraction

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    Critical Angle the angle of incident ray in which the refracted ray is 90o and refracted along the interface

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    Critical Angle the minimum angle of incident at which the refracted angle is 90o or greater the light must travel from higher refractive index to a lesser refractive index material

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    Critical Angle

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    Acceptance Angle the maximum angle in which external light rays may strike the air/glass interface and still propagate down the fiber

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    Acceptance Angle

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    Numerical Aperture - NA to measure the magnitude of the acceptance angle describe the light gathering or light-collecting ability of an optical fiber the larger the magnitude of NA, the greater the amount of external light the fiber will accept

  • light propagation

    Numerical Aperture - NA

  • Optical Fiber Configurations

    Mode of propagation single mode only one path for light rays down the fiber multimode many higher order path rays down the fiber

  • Optical Fiber Configurations

    Index Profile graphical presentation of the magnitude of the refractive index across the fiber refractive index horizontal axis radial distance from core vertical axis

  • Optical Fiber Configurations

    Index Profile

    step index single mode

    step index multimode

    graded index - multimode

  • optical fiber classification Single Mode Step Index dominant widely used in telecommunications and data networking industries the core is significantly smaller in diameter than multimode cables

  • optical fiber classification Multimode Step Index similar to single mode step index fiber but the core diameter is much larger light enters the fiber follows many paths as it propagate down the fiber results in different time arrival for each of the path

  • optical fiber classification Multimode Mode Graded Index non uniform refractive index decreases toward the outer edge the light is guided back gradually to the center of the fiber

  • optical fiber classification Comparison Single mode step index (+) minimum dispersion same path propagation same time of arrival (+) wider bandwidth and higher information txn. rate (-) small core hard to couple light into the fiber (-) small line width of laser required (-) expensive difficult to manufacture

  • optical fiber classification Comparison Multimode step index (+) relatively inexpensive, simple to manufacture (+) easier to couple light into the fiber (-) different path of rays different time arrival (-) less bandwidth and transfer rate Multimode graded index intermediate characteristic between step index single and multimode

  • losses in optical fiberAttenuation power loss reduction in the power of light wave as it travels down the cable effect on systems performance by reducing: systems bandwidth information tx rate efficiency overall systems capacity

  • losses in optical fiberAttenuation

  • losses in optical fiberAttenuation depends on signals wavelength generally expressed as decibel loss per km dB/km

  • losses in optical fiberAttenuation

    optical power in decibel units is P(dBm)= Pin(dBm)-A(dB)P= measured power level (dBm)Pin =transmit power (dBm)A= cable power loss, attenuation (dB)

  • losses in optical fiberQuestion Single-mode optical cable input power 0.1 mW light source 0.25 dB/km cable loss determine optical power 100 km from the transmitter side

  • losses in optical fiber Absorption Loss absorption due to impuri