Cover Story

Passive Optical Networks in the Local Loop

N.J. Frigo

The author reviews the motivation for passive optical networks as a delivery system for services in the Local Loop, the “last mile” in the communication link. He then argues that new developments in WDM components motivate... more>>

Features

What's Happening with Fiber to the Home?

Paul W. Shumate

The author discusses recent progress that indicates fiber-to-the-home may be economical sooner than commonly believed. more>>


Fiber Optic Passive Components Standards: By Design Or Demand?

W.C Young and Teziana Tambosso

While it&s true that standardsetting is often a slow, cumbersome process, the fault doesn&t lie entirely with the committee and organizational mechanics. If the need for a standard is truly market driven, the process can move faster more>>


Fiber Optics In Astronomical Instruments

Samuel C. Barden

The author describes the application of fiber optics in astronomical spectrographs and interferometers. Important properties of fiber optics that impact spectroscopic applications are also discussed. more>>