Fiber Optics

.. on requires great deal of changes in current networks and systems. This requires a lot of time and effort which the management is not willing to sacrifice. People are comfortable with what they have and don’t want to change. Although most problems regarding program changing can be solved, the solutions to it will take much longer than expected.

Thus, any new program has to be a big improvement over the old one to justify a significant change (although the great improvement usually means that the old program does not work). Another fundamental problem in fiber optic LANs is the change in technology. The hardware and software to make LAN run efficiently add up to an expensive package. If many terminals in a building must be in constant touch with each other and a variety of other hardware, such as printers and storage devices, LAN will be cost efficient. However, if the real need is to keep the terminals in touch with a mainframe computer, it would be cheaper to run cables between them and the mainframe. If the terminals need to talk to each other, ordinary telephone lines could very well be used as telephone lines are much cheaper than fiber optics. 3) Economic Evaluation The major practical problem with fiber optics is that it usually costs more than ordinary wires.

All costs elements involved in economic evaluation can be grouped into two main classes; which are investment costs and operation costs. The investment costs usually includes expenditures related to acquiring and owning properties and plants, in this case changing wires to fiber optic cables. All investment costs should be considered, such as those incurred for equipment and materials (also including storage and handling costs), engineering costs and miscellaneous costs. Operation costs include the usage of fiber optics and the wear and tear of it. The higher costs of fiber is often not by itself. Fiber optic cables are much cheaper than coaxial cables.

The main difference comes when all the other components of fiber optics add up, such as transmitters, receivers, couplers and connectors. Fiber systems require separate transmitters and receivers because they cannot directly use the electrical output of computer devices; that signal must be converted into optical form and then converted back into electrical form. Fiber optic connectors and couplers are more expensive than any other electrical components. These costs are the ones that add up and form the major disadvantage of fiber optics. Conclusion: Fiber optic transmission has found a vast array of applications in computer systems.

Some design considerations depend largely on the application. For certain terminal to terminal application, crucial factors including maximising transmission speed and distance and minimising fiber and splice loss. By contrast, connector loss becomes important in local area networks that operate within buildings. In other systems, it is important to minimise the cost of cable, with the intention of reducing the cost of terminal equipment. These system considerations make design and construction of practical fiber optic systems a difficult task.

Guidelines appropriate for one system is usually not suitable for another system. There are a number of essential points about fiber optics that have been mentioned throughout this report. As we move towards a more sophisticated and modern future, the uses of fiber optics are going to grow in all computer systems as well as telecommunication networks. Modern information systems handle ever-increasing data loads which strain the data throughput ability of information systems. Designers have made significant progress in increasing processor speeds, however progress in the design of high-speed interconnection networks has lagged so much so that the most significant bottleneck in today’s information systems is the low speed of communications between integrated chips. These low speed communications networks consume increasing amounts of power in an effort to keep up with the faster processors.

The slow communications speed is brought on by the small bandwidth available to existing communications networks based on the propagation of electrical signals through metallic lines. Optical interconnections offer several advantages over metallic interconnections, they include: higher bandwidth; higher interconnection densities; lower crosstalk; crosstalk which is independent of data rate; inherent parallelism; immunity from electromagnetic interference and ground loops; the ability to exploit the third dimension; lower clock and signal skew; and a higher fan-in/fan-out capability. These advantages mean that optical interconnections have the potential to exhibit higher data rate communication, higher densities of interconnections with lower crosstalk, and lower power consumption. The shortest interconnections however, will remain electrical ones, due in part to the inverse relationship between electrical interconnection length and power consumption, and to a length independent minimum latency time inherent to optical interconnections caused by the time delays required for electrical to optical to electrical conversion. Agrawal, G.P.

(1992). Fiber-optic communication systems. New York: Wiley. This source provides details pertaining to my research. It provides details regarding the selection of fiber parameters. It says about the process by which the fiber parameters are selected.

It tells about the impact of the parameters on factors like cost of fiber, fiber attenuation, ease of cabling, and connection loss. This factors helps in determining the type of fiber cables we should use. Bonadedo, N.H. (1995). Fiber Optics theory and practice.

New York: McGraw- Hill. This source provides details about the input-output characteristics of the fiber. It provides details about attenuation, as it is one of the important features. This feature helps in determining the loss of light energy when a light pulse propagates down the fiber. Buck, J.A.

(1992). Fundamentals of optical fibers. New York: Wiley. This source provides details about the input-output properties of fibers. This information is helpful in learning how fibers can be used for carrying light over long distances.

The source provides regarding the distances that can be spanned without using amplifiers. Cai, M. (2000). Single-mode fiber cables. Optics Letters, 25(19), 1430-2.

This source provides details about the propagation models of fiber optics. The information about the propagation of light signals in optical fibers is provided by the source. We can know about the fields that exist within the fiber. Chanclou, P. (2001). High return loss at the end face of fiber. Applied Optics, 40(4), 458- 60.

The details regarding the geometry of the fiber is provided by this source. We study details about the physical size of the fibers. The details regarding about the core and cladding region, the materials used for these, and how they varies for multi mode and single mode fibers. By this we can use suitable fibers basing on the applications. Clarkson, C. (2000).

Fiber shines light on many industries. Laser Focus World, 36(8), 197-200. This source provides details about the advantages associated with the use of fiber optics. It provides details about the data security, immunity to electromagnetic interference, the ease of installation of fiber cables and the high bandwidth associated with them. Damien, B. (2001). Intelligent tools increase recovery.

Harts’s E, 74(1), 45-7. This source provides details regarding the applications of fiber optics. We learn from this source about the implementation of fibers in the field of medicine, lasers, industrial uses and commercial uses. This source helps me in determining which type of fiber is used in a particular application. Erdogan, T. (2000).

High speed fiber optics. Poptronics 1(11), 13-14. This source tells about differences between the coaxial cables and fiber optic cables. This source explains why fiber optic cables are preferred in favor of coaxial cables for many applications. By this information we can learn how fiber optic cables differ in performance from ordinary coaxial cables.

Jayo, Yi. (2000). Beam and fiber optics. Optical Physics, 47(11), 1821-7. This source provides details about the various measurements regarding the fibers. The various measurements associated with the fiber cables are optical characterization, quality control measurements, attenuation measurements, bandwidth measurements etc.

These measurements help us to understand the working of the fiber optic cables better. Karen, B. (2000). Data highway to the stars. IEEE Review, 47(2), 15-18.

This source provides details about the economics associated with the use of fiber optics. We get know details about the costs associated with installing optical cables and the cost breakdown. Larry, P.H. (2000).Blazing Data. Lightning Design & Application, 30(10), 24. This source provide details regarding the multi mode fibers.

We study details about the features of multi mode fiber cables like their diameter, their construction and how they differ from single mode fiber cables. Saleim, M. (2000). Single-mode fiber cables. Optics Letters, 25(19), 1430-2. This source provides details regarding the single mode fiber optic cables. Here we study about the details of single mode fiber cables like their make, the path of light inside the core etc.

Samuel, R. (1994). Fundamentals of fiber optics. New York: Wiley. This source provides details about the basics of fiber optic cables. We study about the basic parts that make up the fiber optics like the transmitters, receivers, fiber cables design etc. This gives me good knowledge about the fiber optics, which will be important in my research work. Tom, N.H.

(1995). Fiber Optics theory and practice. New York: McGraw- Hill. This source gives details about the coaxial cables , their properties their uses etc. This study helps in determining the types of cables that should for a particular application.

We have a choice to select between the fiber cable and coaxial cable. Wiseman, C. (2000). Fiber shines light on many industries. Laser Focus World, 36(8), 197-200. This source provides details about the details about the implementation of fiber optics and where they are used. Computers and Internet.