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Communications: Single-mode fibers outperform multimode cables: Successful field trials and imminent commercial use stem from high capacity and the need for fewer repeaters

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1 Author(s)
Keck, D.B. ; Corning Glass Works, Corning, NY, USA

The difference in transmission pattern gives single-mode fibers important advantages which includes a greater information-carrying capacity and the need for fewer repeaters. Some field trials using optical waveguides are discussed. Splicing of the fibers, losses through bending, dispersion, and sources and detectors for single-mode systems are also included.

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Spectrum, IEEE  (Volume:20 ,  Issue: 3 )