Erbium-Doped Fiber Amplifiers: Fundamentals and Technology (Optics and Photonics)

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Erbium Fiber Amplifiers is a comprehensive introduction to the increasingly important topic of optical amplification. Written by three Bell Labs pioneers, the book stresses the importance of the interrelation of materials properties, optical properties, and systems aspects of optical fiber amplifiers.
The floppy disk included with the book contains a PC based educational version of the sophisticated commercial amplifier simulation package OASIX (sold by the Specialty Fiber Group of Lucent Technologies). This powerful numerical simulation software allows one to simulate the performance of a real erbium fiber amplifier, and obtain its properties such as signal gain and noise generated. Several parameter sets are included, each of which represents a commercially available type of erbium doped fiber usedin different kinds of amplifiers (e.g. preamplifiers and power amplifiers). The user can vary, via Windows based input screens, various amplifier characteristics such as fiber length, pump power, signal power, and additional signals. The output is savedin a file which can be read by any spreadsheet or plotting package for graphical representation of the results. The software allows the reader to explore on his or her own the concepts of amplifier performance discussed in the book, and gain a more intuitive and interactive educational experience leading to a richer understanding of erbium-doped fiber amplifiers and their applications.

Key Features
* Includes a software disk with a PC-based amplifier simulation tool derived from a sophisticated commercial package (OASIX), which allows the reader to gain an interactive educational experience using parameters for commercially available erbium-doped fibers
* Explains the theory of noise in optically amplified systems in an intuitive way
* The book contains a discussion of components used in amplifier fabrication and of the attendant technologies used in real systems
* The book provides basic tools for amplifier design as well as systems engineering, including the latest developments in WDM and soliton systems
* The book discusses the fundamentals of rare earth ions for the reader desiring more depth in the topic
* The book is for either the novice of experienced reader
* The chapter have links between them to allow the reader to understand the relationship between the amplifier characteristics, noise, and systems applications
* The book contains extensive references

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In the past few years, the use of erbium-doped fiber amplifiers has increased the capacity of fiber optics transmission systems by more than a hundred-fold. These amplifiers allow for the amplification of transmission signals in all optical ways without the need for electronic processing of the signal, which limits the capacity of optical systems. With the recent explosive growth in optical transmission networks, the fiber amplifier has become an essential building block for these networks. Understanding it provides great insight into today's high-capacity fiber networks, their design, and their future evolution.
Erbium-Doped Fiber Amplifiers has been written by early pioneers in the development of fiber amplifier technology and optically amplified systems. The book guides the reader from the most fundamental aspects of fiber amplifiers all the way to system design and applications. The fundamental chapters address the important aspects of noise theory, design, and understanding of optically amplified systems. The coverage is such that the book will be of interest to researchers, practitioners, and students new to the field.
The book can be read as a sequence of linked chapters which build on each other. Since each chapter is relatively self-contained, the reader can also jump in at the desired point of interest and refer to other chapters as needed. Many figures are used to present concepts in an intuitive and understandable way. Numerous references are provided for the reader wishing to delve further into any of the topics covered. With the continued soaring demand for optical transmission networks, the book provides an important base for understanding the technical underpinnings of such networks.

About the Author:

After doing his Ph.D. thesis on the luminescent properties of thulium at UC Berkeley, Philippe joined Bell Laboratories in 1986 where he contributed to the development of erbium doped fiber amplifiers. He has also done extensive research in the femtosecond laser field, and was a member of the Bell Labs research group which generated the world record shortest laser pulse. He was awarded the 1994 NASTS award for his contributions to the development of the erbium fiber amplifier. He is a member of the OSA and the IEEE. After a recent stint directing strategy for Lucent Technologies corporate strategy group, Philippe is now Business and Marketing Director for Lucent Technologies Advanced Lightwave Systems.

Anders received his Ph.D. from Cornell in 1982, the joined Bell Laboratories where he became active in lightwave component research. He did pioneering work in WDM systems as well as in the development of semiconductor amplifiers and amplified transmission systems, from both a theoretical and experimental standpoint. Anders has been Chief Technical Officer of AT&T's Optoelectronics Business Unit, and is now Executive Director of Advanced Lightwave Systems at Lucent Technologies. Anders is a Fellow of the OSA and a senior member of the IEEE.

Jay has a Ph.D. from Rutgers University, studying defects in glass structure. He has spent 25 years with Bell Laboratories where he became a Distinguished Member of Staff. Jay was an early pioneer in many aspects of specialty fiber fabrication (polarization maintaining fiber, rare earth doped fibers). Jay is a member of the OSA. He is currently with Lucent Technologies Advanced Technologies division. Jay holds 13 patents and over 80 publications in the field of optical fibers.

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