Pulse spreading

  • Allan W. Snyder
  • John D. Love


The transmission of information along optical fibers is normally achieved by sending out a sequence of pulses of light energy. However, as an individual pulse propagates, it spreads out, due to the dispersive properties of the fiber. Clearly if this spread becomes sufficiently large the pulse will overlap with adjacent pulses, leading to a decrease in information-carrying capacity because of the loss of resolution at the end of the fiber.


Transit Time Planar Waveguide Material Dispersion Index Fibre Profile Dispersion 
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© Allan W. Snyder and John D. Love 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • Allan W. Snyder
    • 1
  • John D. Love
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Advanced StudiesAustralian National UniversityCanberraAustralia

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