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Handbook of Fiber Optic Data Communication, 4th Edition by Casimer DeCusatis

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Chapter 5

Optical Wavelength-Division Multiplexing for Data Communication Networks

Klaus Grobe,      ADVA Optical Networking, 82152 Martinsried, Germany

Wavelength-division multiplexing (WDM) enables multiple communication links to use a common transmission fiber by transmitting a multitude of different wavelengths at the same time. This chapter describes WDM technology, including options such as coarse and dense WDM defined by standards such as ITU-T Recommendations G.652 to G.657. The wavelength spectrum allocation for the L-, C-, S-, E-, and O-bands is discussed. Related technologies, such as time-division multiplexing and erbium-doped fiber amplifiers, are also described in this context. Topics include service mapping using the generic framing ...

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