Application Specific Optical Fibers
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Pal, Bishnu P.
In this chapter we have attempted to provide a unified summary description of the most important propagation characteristics of an optical fiber followed by discussion on several variety of special fibers for realizing fiber amplifiers, dispersion compensating fibers, microstructured optical fibers, and so on. Even though huge progress has been made on development of optical fibers for telecom application, a need for developing special fibers, not necessarily for telecom alone, has arisen. This chapter was an effort to describe some of these special fibers. Detailed discussions are given on our own work related to inherently gain-flattened EDFA, DCFs of large mode effective area, index-guided MOF and Bragg fibers for realizing dispersion compensation, for metro network centric applications, and for generating super continuum light.