Tue 17 Dec 2013

By Alex George

Today fiber optics is used in a variety of applications from the medical environment to the broadcasting industry.

It is used to transmit voice, television, images and data signals through small flexible threads of glass or plastic.

These fiber optic cables far exceed the information capacity of coaxial cable or twisted wire pairs.

They are also smaller and lighter in weight than conventional copper systems and are immune to electromagnetic interference and crosswalk.

Fiber Optics has found its greatest application in the telephone industry [4]. Fiber Optics is also used to link computers in Local Area Network (LAN).

It is quite apparent that fiber optics is, at the moment, an invaluable resource but the technology does have its limitations.

For one thing, there is no standardization of fiber optics components which makes interchangeability difficult. 

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