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    Author:Johnson, Larry
    Sponsored by:IEEE Educational Activities
    Tutorial Level: Introductory/intermediate
    Publication Date: Dec-2009
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    Abstract
    Fiber optics is an amazing technology that allows our daily voice, video and data transmissions to occur with ever-increasing quality and lower costs. In this tutorial, you will be presented with a brief history that covers how fiber optics evolved from the 19th century to the present. This will be followed by a short primer on light basics that examines basic optical theory. Next, will be a discussion of basic fiber structures of optical fibers followed by an overview of available equipment and tasks required to correctly perform a variety of fiber optic tests. Fiber optic active and passive devices will also be reviewed as well as system loss budgets.

    Keywords: Fiber Optics

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    Author:Johnson, Larry
    Sponsored by:IEEE Educational Activities
    Tutorial Level: Introductory/intermediate
    Publication Date: Dec-2009
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    Abstract
    Fiber optics is an amazing technology that allows our daily voice, video and data transmissions to occur with ever-increasing quality and lower costs. In this tutorial, you will learn how fiber optics benefit a variety of applications followed by a review of the cabling process and variations in cable. Next, will be a discussion of fiber optic splicing and fiber optic connectors. Next will be a review the many products designed for cable and fiber management and examine troubleshooting a fiber optic link. Finally, OTDR theory and operation will be reviewed.

    Keyword: Fiber Optics

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    Author:Johnson, Larry
    Sponsored by:IEEE Educational Activities
    Tutorial Level: Introductory/intermediate
    Publication Date: Dec-2009
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    Abstract
    In this tutorial, we will review the importance of communications and provide a brief history of the development of optical fiber. Next we will explore WDM and how it works as well as examining standard step index plastic optical fiber structures with high and low numerical apertures. Specialty fibers and fiber optic applications will be reviewed.


    Keywords: Fiber Optics

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    Author:Johnson, Larry
    Sponsored by:IEEE Educational Activities
    Tutorial Level: Introductory/intermediate
    Publication Date: Dec-2009
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    Abstract
    In this tutorial, we will introduce the role of the OTDR and what makes it unique when used for manufacturing, installation, maintenance and troubleshooting of optical fibers, cables and various passive components. Next, we will examine how the OTDR works and the evolution of OTDR. Platform OTDRs and OTDR setting and menus will be discussed as well as specialty OTDRs.

    Keywords: Fiber Optics

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    Author:Johnson, Larry
    Sponsored by:IEEE Educational Activities
    Tutorial Level: Introductory/intermediate
    Publication Date: Dec-2009
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    PDHs: 3
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    Abstract
    In this tutorial, we examine the OTDR’s key role which is the acceptance testing of optical fibers and cables. This is followed by a review of the key task for users--identifying and measuring splices in the optical cable span. Next we examine reflectance, which is recognized today as a limitation of high-performance systems. This is followed by a review of testing which includes a focus on the final measurements necessary after a single-mode fiber span has been installed, spliced and terminated. Next, we review short-distance and LAN applications, as well as the OTDR’s role to inspect, measure, and verify span performance.

    Keywords: Fiber Optics

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    Author:Johnson, Larry
    Sponsored by:IEEE Educational Activities
    Tutorial Level: Introductory/intermediate
    Publication Date: Dec-2009
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    CEUs: .3
    PDHs: 3
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    Abstract
    In this tutorial we begin with an introduction to fiber testing including an overview of the available equipment. This is followed by a discussion of selecting test equipment and understanding how elements such as instrument resolution, dynamic range, launch conditions and calibration effect the final measurement. Next we examine the need for connector cleanliness which is critical for successful installation, followed by a review of fiber identifiers, visual tracers and visual inspection. Finally, fiber optic talk sets will be reviewed along with the applications and features that should be addressed when communication is required.

    Keywords: Fiber Optics

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    Author:Johnson, Larry
    Sponsored by:IEEE Educational Activities
    Tutorial Level: Introductory/intermediate
    Publication Date: Dec-2009
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    PDHs: 3
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    Abstract
    In this tutorial, you will learn about the advantages and benefits that optical fiber provides to bandwidth, signal attenuation, noise immunity, size and weight. Light basics will also be reviewed along with fiber structures and attenuation. Fiber manufacturing will also be examined followed by multimode and singlemode dispersion.

    Keywords: Fiber Optics

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    Author:Johnson, Larry
    Sponsored by:IEEE Educational Activities
    Tutorial Level: Introductory/intermediate
    Publication Date: Dec-2009
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    Abstract
    In this tutorial we begin by examining the three basic techniques to perform optical loss testing and the need for bi-directional dual wavelength testing. Next, multimode and singlemode testing will be reviewed. This will be followed by a review of how and why to perform basic power level testing of transmitters and receivers and how to document the results for future comparison. Next there will be a discussion of testing dissimilar connectors and potential problems with mismatched end polishes on singlemode connectors. The final chapter explains the roles of components causing reflections and how the test to measure the amount of reflectance in a span is performed.

    Keywords: Fiber Optics

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    Author:Johnson, Larry
    Sponsored by:IEEE Educational Activities
    Tutorial Level: Introductory/intermediate
    Publication Date: Dec-2009
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    CEUs: .3
    PDHs: 3
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    Abstract
    In this tutorial we begin with a look at the installer’s role--which is to verify that both components and the span meet specifications. Next, we focus on the identification and isolation of a variety of problems that a technician will encounter. This is followed by a review of how the OTDR and OLTS can be used to recognize fibers that do not meet specification. Finally, we will provide examples of common and uncommon problems that technicians will encounter in fiber optic systems.

    Keywords: Fiber Optics

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    Author:Johnson, Larry
    Sponsored by:IEEE Educational Activities
    Tutorial Level: Introductory/intermediate
    Publication Date: Dec-2009
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    PDHs: 3

    Abstract
    In this tutorial we begin with an introduction to troubleshooting typical singlemode and multimode issues. Next, you will learn how to apply the ‘identify, locate and resolve’ philosophy to your troubleshooting discipline. This is followed by a review of connection faults, span faults and faults at splice locations. Finally, there will be an overview of problems that are not fiber-specific, but still affect the operation of a fiber optic link.

    Keywords: Fiber Optics

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    Author:Johnson, Larry
    Sponsored by:IEEE Educational Activities
    Tutorial Level: Introductory/intermediate
    Publication Date: Dec-2009
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    PDHs: 3
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    Abstract
    In this tutorial we will begin with an introduction to the cabling process and the variations in cable structures that have been developed for the physical protection of the internal fiber structures. You will learn about cable structures for aerial, ducted, buried, underground premise and industrial environments. Next, loose buffered cables and tight buffered cables will be reviewed. Finally, the cabling process from acceptance to final cable testing will be reviewed.

    Keywords: Fiber Optics

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    Author:Johnson, Larry
    Sponsored by:IEEE Educational Activities
    Tutorial Level: Introductory/intermediate
    Publication Date: Dec-2009
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    CEUs: .3
    PDHs: 3
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    Abstract
    In this tutorial we will begin with a review of cable specifications which includes a discussion of physical size issues and environmental and grounding issues. You will also learn about the preparation of loose and tight buffered cables. This is followed by a review of OPGW cables and the unique disciplines, tools, processes and attachment hardware for OPGW preparation. Finally, ADSS cable will be discussed including applications and specialized hardware for ADSS installations.

    Keywords: Fiber Optics

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    Author:Johnson, Larry
    Sponsored by:IEEE Educational Activities
    Tutorial Level: Introductory/intermediate
    Publication Date: Dec-2009
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    CEUs: .3
    PDHs: 3
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    Abstract
    In this tutorial we will begin with an introduction to the correct methods of preparing, cleaving, splicing and protecting optical fibers using a cross-section of splicing equipment and techniques. Fiber optic splicing is performed in the field, the factory and in the laboratory. We will discuss the various applications in addition to premises and acceptance testing. Next, fiber preparation and cleaving will be reviewed. This is followed by a discussion of mechanical splices as well as multimode splicing.

    Keywords: Fiber Optics

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    Author:Johnson, Larry
    Sponsored by:IEEE Educational Activities
    Tutorial Level: Introductory/intermediate
    Publication Date: Dec-2009
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    CEUs: .3
    PDHs: 3
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    Abstract
    In this tutorial we will begin with a review of the various methods of fusion splicing which include manual, local injection detection, profile alignment and ribbon splicing. We will also detail splicing in OSP applications including in-line and pigtail splicing. The tutorial will also discuss splicing specialty fibers and splice optimization.

    Keywords: Fiber Optics

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    Author:Johnson, Larry
    Sponsored by:IEEE Educational Activities
    Tutorial Level: Introductory/intermediate
    Publication Date: Dec-2009
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    PDHs: 3
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    Abstract
    In this tutorial we will begin with a review of cable and fiber management products for outside plant and premises applications. Singlemode and multimode cable structures are reviewed along with preparation, routing and applications. Next is a discussion of patch panels and a review of traditional methods for splicing and routing pigtails to patch panels, entrance panels, and new products for FTTx applications. Distribution panels and entrance cabinets will also be covered as well as premises panels.


    Keywords: Fiber Optics

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    Author:Johnson, Larry
    Sponsored by:IEEE Educational Activities
    Tutorial Level: Introductory/intermediate
    Publication Date: Dec-2009
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    PDHs: 3
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    Abstract
    In this tutorial we will examine splice closures which are key for protection and management of cables and fibers in the OSP. You will learn about closures available for different types of fiber, cable and applications. Next will be a discussion of the new generation of production specifically designed for the cable transitions between the FDH and the subscriber that have been created by FTTx. Finally, fiber distribution hubs and fiber optic pedestals will be reviewed.

    Keywords: Fiber Optics

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    Author:Johnson, Larry
    Sponsored by:IEEE Educational Activities
    Tutorial Level: Introductory/intermediate
    Publication Date: Dec-2009
    Run Time: 1:00:00
    CEUs: .3
    PDHs: 3
    ECSA CPD (Category 1 - Development Activities): 1 - Includes study time


    Abstract
    In this tutorial we will begin with a discussion of fiber optic connectors. This includes their evolution, many applications and roles. Performance issues such as attenuation, reflection and repeatability will also be covered. Connector styles will also be reviewed as well as tolerances. Endface verification will also be discussed as well as a review of the types of multi-fiber connectors that are available. Finally, specialty connectors will be examined.

    Keywords: Fiber Optics

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    Author:Johnson, Larry
    Sponsored by:IEEE Educational Activities
    Tutorial Level: Introductory/intermediate
    Publication Date: Dec-2009
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    CEUs: .3
    PDHs: 3
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    Abstract
    In this tutorial we will review the methods used to bond, hold and align optical fibers for factory and field terminations. Scribing tools and techniques will also be covered. Next, proper polishing of the optical endface will be reviewed as well as the importance of cleaning optical surfaces to minimize damage, lower attenuation, and improve reflection values. This is followed by an examination of how to test singlemode and multimode cable assemblies for attenuation and reflections in factory and field environments. Finally, the tutorial will summarize the role of those terminating fiber optic devices. Yield is the actual loaded cost of a termination and includes the component cost, consumables, and the associated labor.

    Keywords: Fiber Optics

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    Author:Johnson, Larry
    Sponsored by:IEEE Educational Activities
    Tutorial Level: Introductory/intermediate
    Publication Date: Dec-2009
    Run Time: 1:00:00
    CEUs: .3
    PDHs: 3
    ECSA CPD (Category 1 - Development Activities): 1 - Includes study time


    Abstract
    In this tutorial we will begin with an introduction to active components along with issues such as wavelength, attenuation, and dispersion that must be considered when working with these vital devices. Next will be a review of the atomic structure, electron flow, and the energy level transitions that produce different wavelengths of light in semiconductor materials. This is followed by a review of LEDs, Laser diodes, and Tunable lasers. Finally, detector types including PIN, PIN-FET, and ADP will be reviewed.

    Keywords: Fiber Optics

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    Author:Johnson, Larry
    Sponsored by:IEEE Educational Activities
    Tutorial Level: Introductory/intermediate
    Publication Date: Dec-2009
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    CEUs: .3
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    Abstract
    In this tutorial we will begin with a discussion of transmitters and receivers, and describe how these components are manufactured and integrated together. Next, we will review the three types of optical amplifiers available: EDFAs, SOAs, and Raman amplifiers. This is followed by a review of design and packaging and finally an examination of testing and test equipment.

    Keywords: Fiber Optics

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    Author:Johnson, Larry
    Sponsored by:IEEE Educational Activities
    Tutorial Level: Introductory/intermediate
    Publication Date: Dec-2009
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    Abstract
    In this tutorial we will begin with a review of the various passive devices that are available today. This will be followed by a discussion of optical couplers which will examine fused biconical taper splitters, planar lightwave circuits, tap splitters, and common split ratios supporting network requirements. Next, optical filters and gratings will be examined followed by an exploration of the different types of dispersion compensators that are available and how they function.

    Keywords: Fiber Optics

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    Author:Johnson, Larry
    Sponsored by:IEEE Educational Activities
    Tutorial Level: Introductory/Intermediate
    Publication Date: Dec-2009
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    Abstract
    In this tutorial we will begin with a discussion of wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) devices. We will examine products including filters, gratings, diplexers, triplexers, and interleavers. This is followed by a review of WDM systems and a look at how they are used in short haul, long haul, metropolitan, traffic and FTTx applications. Next, we review optical switches and ROADMs with a look back at how they evolved from the original OADMs as well as how they function. Finally, we will examine the design and testing of optical components, sub-assemblies, and systems during manufacturing, integration and deployment.

    Keywords: Fiber Optics

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    Author:Johnson, Larry
    Sponsored by:IEEE Educational Activities
    Tutorial Level: Introductory/intermediate
    Publication Date: Dec-2009
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    Abstract
    This tutorial is designed for those working with fiber optics and related optical technologies. This video covers safety issues for field and lab applications. You will learn about proper fiber handling, disposal and working safely with lasers and chemicals. Safety in the field is covered, addressing installation issues such as confined spaces, protective clothing, and right-to-know laws. Examples of good safety practices, standards, and areas of concern are presented for education of management and craft personnel.

    Keywords: Fiber Optics

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    Author:Johnson, Larry
    Sponsored by:IEEE Educational Activities
    Tutorial Level: Introductory/intermediate
    Publication Date: Dec-2009
    Run Time: 1:00:00
    CEUs: .3
    PDHs: 3
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    Abstract
    Whether your installation is for short distance campus environments, long distance underground, aerial placement or a specialized installation such as submarine, air blown fiber, or pressurized cable, the use of fiber optic cable requires proper techniques for a successful installation. Today’s installers and designers must address building codes and standards, environmental issues, proper design, routing, and equipment for installations involving fiber optic cable. Topologies, applications and reliability concerns must be addressed. This video covers these issues and many more involving the proper placement of optical communication systems for LANs, WANs and MANs.

    Keywords: Fiber Optics

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