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Fiber System Testing
Author(s): John D. Chipman
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Paper Abstract

Measurement methods used in normal installation or maintenance activities cn optical fiber communication systems are reviewed. Measurements discussed include fiber cable continuity, attenuation, bandwidth/dispersibn, optical time domain reflectometry, power penalty, bit error rate, optical margin, and eye degradation. Test methods described are based upon current Electronic Industries Association (EIA) draft standards. Advantages and disadvantages of various testing techniques used within laboratory and field environments are addressed. Indepth details and special considerations are presented on the topics of fiber cable attenuation, bandwidth, and optical time domain reflectometry for singlemode and multimode fielded systems. Problems with field environments are highlighted and field tests are related to EIA standard factory tests.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 February 1985
PDF: 16 pages
Proc. SPIE 0512, Fiber Optic Communication Technology, (12 February 1985); doi: 10.1117/12.945043
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John D. Chipman, Tau-tron Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0512:
Fiber Optic Communication Technology
Charles W. Kleekamp, Editor(s)

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