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Plastic Optical Fiber (POF) technology can be used for voice, video and data requirements. It also allows for simplified connectorization, testing and splicing techniques. Plastic Optical Fiber demonstrates how POF is manufactdured and explores its current and potential applications.
POF Fiber Theory
Advantages of POF
Handling and Preparation
Applications of POF: Automotive, Lighting, Signs, Communications, Isolation, Education
Future Trends of POF
Length: 23 minutes
Worldwide communication requirements are growing at an amazing rate. Fiber optics are key to this growth. Fiber Optic Applications provides an overview of voice, video, and data communications. Anyone, from the front desk receptionist to the corporate president, will find this video/cd-rom interesting and beneficial.
Fiber Optics' Role in Communications
New Trends in Communications
The Impact of Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM)
System and Protocols
HDTV, CCTV and CATV Video
High Speed Data Network
Next Generation Internet
All Optical Networks
Length: 43 minutes (2nd revision)
Fiber Optic Safety provides a detailed explanation of the many safety issues for field and lab applications working with fiber. It has numerous examples of good safety practices and standards as well as areas of particular concern. Fiber Optic Safety is a great supplement to an organization's internal safety program!
Safe Handling of Optical Fibers
Chemical and Right-to-Kkow Laws
Protective Clothing and Eyewear
Safety in Installations
Length: 26 minutes (3rd revision)
The evolution of Fiber Optics from the 19th century to the present is a fascinating story of scientific devleopment and perseverance. This video/cd-rom is especially beneficial for new employees, students and to those who want to learn about how optical and fiber communication evolved.
Pioneers of fiber optics in the 19th and 20th centuries
Early through mid 20th century discoveries
1950s: internal reflection, fiber structure and applications and other issues
1960s: lasers and Charles Kao's fiber proposal
Early 1970s: manufacturing of fibers and lasers
Late 1970s: development of sources,detectors, systems, splicing, connectors and test equipment
The Implementation Years
1980s: 1" generation single-mode systems, deregulation and submarine systems
The Internet, DWDM and the future
Length: 35 minutes
Understand the basics of optical theory and its relationship to optical fibers. The video is comprehensive, informative and educational to watch. Follow the evolution of the many fiber types and their applications. The fiber, and industry come to "life" with the use of animations, graphics, actual film footage of fiber production, and many diverse fiber applications. Introduction to Fiber Optics provides the novice with a good explanation of fiber theory and it is an excellent review for the experienced fiber professional. An excellent staff development tool for those who work with or around the fiber industry.
Optical Fiber Evolution
Fiber Types and Structures
Dispersion: Modal, Chromatic and PMD
Graded- and Step-Index Fiber Structures
Advantages of Fiber
Length: 35 minutes (4th revision)
With the proliferation of fiber optics in thousands of applications, manufacturers have developed numerous types of fiber optic cable to meet the challenges of current optical applications. Fiber Optic Cable reviews cable types, their structure and how it relates to various applications. The relationship between building codes and installation is covered. On site footage of cable manufacturing helps make this video/cd-rom especially interesting!
Cable Jackets and Applications
Building and Installation Codes
Indoor and Outdoor Cable Types
The Role of Optical Cables
Length: 17 minutes (3rd revision)
Today's designers and installers must addresa host of changing building codes, environmental issues, proper design, routing and topology concerns when building a fiber network. Fiber Optic Installation covers the numerous issues involved with the proper placement of optical communication systems for LANs, WANs, and MANs.
Indoor Campus Installations: Campus Plenum/Risers; Pulling Cable; Cable Trays/Raceways; Conduits; Air Blown Fiber (ABF)
Outdoor Cable Installations: Direct Buried-Trench Installations; Boring; Pressurized Cable; Vaults, Manholes and Handholes
Aerial Installations: OPGW; ADSS; Lashing Aerial Ducts; Figure Eight
Special Issues: Building Codes; Installation Standards; Grounding/Bonding
Firewalls: Cable Markings; Slack Points; Routing
Length: 41 minutes (2nd revision)
Fiber Optic LEDs, Lasers and Detectors covers the active components used in transmitters and receivers to convert electrical circuits to optical circuits and vice versa. It addresses the components and their operation, wavelength compatibility, cost issues, packaging and industry trends. Newer technolgoies such as tunable lasers, optical amplifiers and Vertical Cavity Surface Emitter Lasers (VCSEL) are included.
Types and Functions of LEDs, Lasers and Detectors
How LEDs, Lasers and Detectors Work
Analog and Digital Issues
Lasers Including VCSELs
Modules & Transmitters
System Performance Budgets
Length: 37 minutes (2nd revision)
Fiber Optic Couplers, Switches and Isolators reviews the broad family of coupler products and technologies. Learn how optical components can split, tap, direct, switch, multiplex, demultiplex and guide light. In the transparent optical networks of the future, couplers, switches and isolators are the components that will allow for true optical flexibility.
What are Fiber Optic Couplers, Switches, and Oscillators?
How do they work?
Couplers: Splitters; Wavelength Division Multiplexers and Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing; Bi-Direcdtional Couplers; Star Couplers
Switches: Applications; Types; Loss Issues; Methods
Isolators: Applications; Functions
Length: 30 minutes (2nd revision)
How to Perform Optical Loss Testing focuses on the optical light source and power meter and how they are used to perform optical loss measurements in Local Area and Wide Area Networks (both singlemode and multimode). The video/CD-rom demonstrates the advantages and disadvantages of various testing methods. In addition, the importance of accurate documentation is emphasized.
Characteristics of Optical Loss Testing: Power Meter and Light Source
Importance of Documentation
Optical Loss Testing Methods: Conventional Point to Point - Optical Loss Test Sets - Automated Test Sets - Using Splitters - Using Talk Sets and Splitters
Length: 19 minutes
When designing a fiber optic system, one of the most important design elements is the "Optical Loss Budget," a detailed calculation of the optical power available at the output of the optical power available at the output of the transmitting source, the optical power required at the receiver's detector and the dissipation or attenuation of optical power in the optical path between transmitter and receiver. In essence, the Optical Loss Budget is a statement of how the optical power available witl be used. Learn how to do optical loss budgets for Loca Area Networks per the TIA/EIA 568B standard, Wide Area Networks in telecommuncations, and CATV networks using single-mode fiber. In addition, "not to exceed" loss budgets for contractors are demonstrated.
System Design Process:
Media Type-Multimode and Singlemode Fibers
Physical Plant Examples
Fiber Optic Transmit & Receive Equipment Types
Options and Limitations
Loss Budgeting Examples:
(step by step demonstration)
Local Area Network
Attenuation and Bandwidth Examples
Not to Exceed Loss Budgets for Contractors
Singlemode Fiber Link
Analog CATV Link for Hybrid Fiber-Coax
Optical Amplifiers and Splitters
Review of Design Options:
Lasers, LEDs and VCSELs
PIN & APDs
Physical Plant Losses
Length: 35 minutes
In the past, the purpose of cleaning fiber optic connectors was to prevent damage to the fiber during mating of the fiber ends to each other. However, today's more advanced and faster transmission systems that use higher power lasers require even more attention to the cleaning of the connection surfaces. How to Clean a Fiber Optic Connector reviews the products, applicatoins and their proper usage. It shows the causes of contamination when using various cleaning techniques and demonstrates the different products used to clean:
Connector End Faces:
Alcohol Based Products
Compressed Air Products
Cleaning Sleeves and Mated Connector Parts
Length: 31 minutes
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