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03 Mar 2017

DWDM (Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing) is used to increase the amount of information or systems that can be transmitted over a single fiber, thus allowing allow for more channels with much tighter channel spacing. In DWDM systems, DWDM devices combine the output from several optical transmitters for transmission across a single optical fiber. At the receiving end, another DWDM device separates the combined optical signals and passes each channel to an optical receiver. This article covers DWDM system components that combine (multiplex) and separate (demultiplex) multiple optical signals of different wavelengths in a single fiber.

Optical Transmitters/Receivers

As the light sources in a DWDM system, the optical transmitters...

06 Oct 2015
What Are Optical Amplifiers

An optical amplifier is a device that amplifies an optical signal directly, without the need to first convert it to an electrical signal. Together with wavelength-division multiplexing (WDM) technology, which allows the transmission of multiple channels over the same fiber, optical amplifiers have made it possible to transmit many terabits of data over distances from a few hundred kilometers and up to transoceanic distances, providing the data capacity required for current and future communication networks.

Functions of Optical Amplifiers

Broadly speaking, optical amplifiers may be used within an optical network as boosters, in-line amplifiers, or pre-amplifiers. The following picture shows a simple WDM...