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........ published in NEWSLETTER # 55

By Professor O.D.D. Soares, CETO, University, Porto (Portugal)

Fibre optics experiences a fast percolation in many fields of science, technology and biomedicine.

A corresponding sustained optical fibre market expansion implies the continuum development of measuring techniques aiming at the three testing levels: laboratory, factory and in the field.

The global market and production delocalisation require generally acceptable product specifications by quantities that can be universally measured by common agreed procedures. Interoperability and interconnectivity rely on the development of standards.

"Trends in Optical Fibre Metrology and Standards" contains the proceedings of a NATO ASI held in 1994 (NATO ASI SERIES E285). It presents a comprehensive coverage of optical fibres and advances on materials (polarisation, non-linear effects, plastic fibres, fibre lasers), optical fibre components (connectors and splicers, WDM), optical sources (tuneable lasers), optical fibre amplifiers (Er-dopped amplifiers, amplifier standardisation), optical fibre characterisation, calibration and standards (fibre optical and mechanical specification parameters, ribbon fibres, calibration artefacts), instrumentation (photodetectors, power meters, OTDRs, EDFAs, Er-dopped fibres in metrology, optical communication systems (fibre communication technology, modern optical systems, coherent transmission systems), optical sensors (fibre sensors) environmental sensors, future trends (fibres evolution, solitons, non-linear effects, fibre optoelectronics).

The volume contains a wealth of up-dated information difficult to obtain elsewhere. Cutting-edge techniques and some still under development deserve extensive coverage such as optical fibre amplifiers and WDM.

Researchers, production field engineers and those concerned with design, manufacturing, installation and maintenance of fibre networks, systems and instrumentation will find the volume of direct interest for their professional activities and for the development of new research directions whether industrial or applied research. The book will serve also as an excellent up-to- date source of references.
Reference books: E132, E285, F43, F63

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