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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...