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Hardcover Optical Networks: A Practical Perspective Book

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Optical Networks: A Practical Perspective

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Optical Networks, Third Edition continues to be the authoritative source for information on optical networking technologies and techniques. Componentry and transmission are discussed in detail with... This description may be from another edition of this product.

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Excellent "Big Picture" book for students in optics

I got this book while working on my masters in electro-optics, and found that it completed the big picture of optical communications and how network components fit together which was lacking in my detailed graduate work. I especially recommend it to those with a background other than EE, as it fills in a lot of gaps that EE folks assume that others know.It starts off pretty light and qualitative, then begins incorporating some equations and formulas to accompany the qualitative descriptions. It does not waist time deriving anything, nor will you find pages of just mathematical equations. It has references and problems at the end of each chapter for the more technical reader.For non-technical readers, this book is not light reading, but if you are patient enough to breeze over certain sections of math, you will find plenty of useful qualitative descriptions that do not depend on a full understanding of the math. There are even large sections of the book with no math at all.In short, this book offers an excellent bridge between quantitative and qualitative descriptions of optical communications and optical networks.

Best book on Optical Networks

Over the past year, I've been involved in a project which required me to learn a lot more about optical networks. In addition to reading the papers from ANSI T1X1 and the Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF), I purchased several books on the subject, including Siller and Shafi's "SONET/SDH," Goralski's "SONET" and Laches' "Fiber Optic Communications". Ramaswami and Sivarajan's book "Optical Networks" is definitely the best of the group. "SONET/SDH" gives a good overview, but you need to already know something about SONET in order to understand it. Goralski's "SONET" is too basic, while "Fiber Optic Communications" is too theoretical. "Optical Networks" is "just right" (to quote a famous young lady's comments about a baby bear's porridge). Whenever I need to know something about optical networks, this is the book I turn to. The only problem is that the field of optical networks is moving quite fast right now and this book provides a snapshot of the 1997-1998 timeframe. I wish the authors would put up a web site discussing some of the recent activity in the field, but I suppose it's a bit much to ask them to devote their lives to the book. All in all, if you want an excellent introduction to optical networks, this is the book for you.

Excellent in-depth analysis and conceptual understanding

This book has an ideal combination of in-depth analysis and conceptual understanding of optical components, optical transmission system and optical networking. The first half of the book is devoted in explaining optical fibre transmission properties, working of optical modules, and optical transmission system engineering. The second half of the book explains the evolution of optical networking starting from point to point optical transport to current trends in optical networking i.e, wavelength routed optical networks. The various networking strategies for realizing access optical networks and wavelength routing optical networks are covered extensively. A whole chapter is devoted to control and management functions needed in these networks. There is also an excellent compendium of the various optical networking testbeds realized in industries and research labs.This book is a must possesion for anyone involved in technical aspects of the optical transport/ networking.


An excellent and comprehensive book on Optical Networks for undergraduate and postgraduate students of Electrical and Computer Science/Engineering.The book consists of two parts. The first part consisting of six chapters, dwells upon technological developments in optical components and transmission systems. The first chapter throws light on the state-of-the-art optical communication technology. The second chapter describes the features of optical fiber and its superiority over other communication media such as copper wire. The third chapter is an overview of the optical components viz., transmitters, receivers, switches, amplifiers etc., while the fourth chapter explains the process of Modulation and Demodulation in converting electrical signals to optical signals and vice-versa. The fifth chapter deals with the design of the physical layer. The concepts explained in all these chapters are clear and lucid. This part is particularly useful for students of Electrical Engineering.The second part of this book deals with optical network architecture and algorithms. The sixth chapter emphasizes the necessity of optical fiber and includes the architecture of SONET/SDH. The seventh chapter illustrates the Broadcast and Select Wavelength Division Multiplexing Networks widely used in LANs and WANs, while the next chapter covers the architecture and algorithms employed in Wavelength Routed Networks for WANs. Chapter nine introduces the notion of Virtual topology design which is useful in integrating IP and ATM networks over the Optical layer. Control and management, that is, configuration, equipment, fault, failure, safety, management form the crux of the tenth chapter. Chapter eleven describes the on going research activities of various testbeds on Wavelength Routed Networks. Chapter twelve provides optical network solutions for Fiber-to-the-home access network applications. The thirteenth chapter emphasizes the issues faced by the network operators in upgrading the existing networks. The last chapter explores Packet Switched Optical Networks. This portion of the book is useful for students of Computer Science and Engineering.The authors have covered a wide range of topics, from physics of the optical fiber to the networking aspects. The book is very simple to read, easy to absorb, and exceptionally exciting in the world of optical networks. The authors have taken lot of care to design the book for an academic curriculum without sacrificing the depth of the topics and it is a very useful book for research students. The book is an admirable piece of work, eminently scientific in concept, and elegant in style. It is an exceedingly stimulating book with theoretical rigor and practical in approach which is too often lacking in works on optical communication. The results are profound and enlightening. There is a smooth flow of the concepts from the beginning to the end. The exercises in the chapter enables the studen

Excellent and highly recommended reading

If you are interested in learning about optical networking, this book is very accessible and can serve as an excellent guide to this exciting field. Although it is not my first book about optical networks, I learnt much more from the reading since the book is amazingly comprehensive (it covers all important aspects of optical networks: physical components, signal modulation, transmission system engineering, control and management, topology designs, specific examples of testbeds, and related future technologies). A big thumb up!!!
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