Optical fiber communications systems development in the UK

  title={Optical fiber communications systems development in the UK},
  author={J. Midwinter},
  journal={IEEE Communications Magazine},
F OLLOWING the invention of the laser, work commenced during the early 1960s on the use of light waves for telecommunications transmission. Metallic pipe guides and free space propagation were studied but rejected as impractical and, in the mid 1960s, glass fibers were identified as a potential transmission medium. There ensued the now classic paper by C. K. Kao and G. Hockham [l] in the Proceedings of the IEE, describing the monomode optical fiber waveguide. At the time, this appeared to many… CONTINUE READING
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