In the more than 10 years since optical waveguides became a reality for practical applications, there have been tremendous strides in development of cabling. The goal of cabling is to enable the multitude of advantages of optical waveguides to be fully realized. Since the beginning of 1983, single-mode technology has evolved to a full-scale commercial product. Over half a million singlemode fiber kilometers have been cabled in different cable design concepts for different applications. Although telecommunications by far is the largest market today, high-performance specialty single-mode fiber cable has been developed and implemented for unique military applications.

© 1986 Optical Society of America

PDF Article