July 2003

Medieval Islamic Achievement in Optics

David C. Lindberg

Scholars in medieval Islam held optical knowledge superior to that of any other culture of the time.


In Search of a New Start

Jobs in telecom may be scarce, but some optics professionals are finding creative ways to try to turn their careers around.

Bananas, Explosives and the Future of Cavity Ring-Down Spectroscopy

Cavity ring-down spectroscopy has the potential to revolutionize environmental and agricultural monitoring, industrial process control and the detection and identification of hazardous materials.

Testing DWDM Components for Loss and Dispersion

As networks move to speeds of 10 Gbit/s and beyond per wavelength channel, it is no longer sufficient to test components for loss. Precise characterization of dispersion properties is also a necessity.

The Dynamics of Semiconductor Optical Amplifiers: Modeling and Applications

In tomorrow’s fiber optic networks, a new generation of quantum-dot-based semiconductor optical amplifiers may well be the linear amplifier of choice.

 

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