Optical Communications Fundamentals

  • Mohamed AtefEmail author
  • Horst Zimmermann
Part of the Springer Series in Advanced Microelectronics book series (MICROELECTR., volume 55)


The necessary fundamentals for the analysis and design of optical communication links will be introduced in this chapter. The transmitter, receiver (transceiver) and optical fiber channel for optical communication systems will be discussed. The features of binary and multilevel data formats will be shown. Measuring the quality of the random signal using the eye diagram will be explained. The different noise sources in an optical receiver will be introduced. Binary and multilevel formulas for the bit error rate (BER) will be calculated and receiver sensitivity will be the defined. The effect of bandwidth limited systems on random data, intersymbol interference (ISI), and jitter will be discussed.


Flicker Noise Optical Communication System Optical Receiver Power Penalty Intersymbol Interference 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of EngineeringAssiut UniversityAssiutEgypt
  2. 2.Institute of Electrodynamics, Microwave and Circuit EngineeringTU WienViennaAustria

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