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  • Vol. 28, Iss. 4 — Feb. 15, 2010
  • pp: 569–586

High-Speed Transmission in Multimode Fibers

Ronald E. Freund, Christian-A. Bunge, Nikolay N. Ledentsov, D. Molin, and Ch. Caspar

Journal of Lightwave Technology, Vol. 28, Issue 4, pp. 569-586 (2010)

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High-speed transmission in multimode fibers (MMF) is becoming attractive for the realization of high-capacity transmission systems at low cost. This paper discusses the theoretical background of MMF transmission and gives an overview on system characterization and existing standards. The authors review latest achievements in component development for highest-speed MMF systems and discuss the challenges on reach, speed, and capacity-extension techniques for next generations of MMF systems.

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Ronald E. Freund, Christian-A. Bunge, Nikolay N. Ledentsov, D. Molin, and Ch. Caspar, "High-Speed Transmission in Multimode Fibers," J. Lightwave Technol. 28, 569-586 (2010)

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