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23 January 1990 The Impact Of Multimode Fiber Chromatic Dispersion On Data Communications
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Capability for the lowest cost is the goal of contemporary communications managers. With all of the competitive pressures that modern businesses are experiencing these days, communications needs must be met with the most information carrying capacity for the lowest cost. Optical fiber communication systems meet these requirements while providing reliability, system integrity, and potential future upgradability. Consequently, optical fiber is finding numerous applications in addition to its traditional telephony plant. Fiber based systems are meeting these requirements in building networks and computer interconnects at a lower cost than copper based systems. A fiber type being chosen by industry to meet these needs in standard systems such as FDDI, is multimode fiber. Multimode fiber systems offer cost advantages over single-mode fiber through lower fiber connection costs. Also, system designers can gain savings by using low cost, high reliability, wide spectral width sources such as LEDs instead of lasers and by operating at higher bit rates than used for multimode systems in the past. However, in order to maximize the cost savings while ensuring the system will operate as intended, the chromatic dispersion of the fiber must be taken into account. This paper explains how to do that and shows how to calculate multimode chromatic dispersion for each of the standard fiber sizes (50 μm, 62.5 μm, 85 μm, and 100μm core diameter).
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M. J. Hacker t "The Impact Of Multimode Fiber Chromatic Dispersion On Data Communications", Proc. SPIE 1178, Optical Interconnects in the Computer Environment, (23 January 1990);

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