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ARTICLE OF THE HOUR Fiber Optics
Understanding the Basics
Nothing has changed the world of communications as much as the development and implementation of optical fiber. This article provides the basic principles needed to work with this technology. Optical fibers are made from either glass or plastic. Most are roughly the diameter of a human hair, and they may be many miles long. Light is transmitted along the center of the fiber from one end to the other and a signal may be imposed. Fiber optic systems are superior to metallic conductors in many...

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