Upon completion of this chapter, you should be able to do the following:
Describe multimode and single mode step-index and graded-index fibers.
Explain the terms refractive index profile, relative refractive index difference, and profile
List the performance advantages of 62.5/125
m multimode graded-index fibers.
Identify the two basic types of single mode step-index fibers.
Describe the vapor phase oxidation and direct-melt optical fiber fabrication procedures.
Describe the fiber drawing process.
List the benefits of cabled optical fibers over bare fibers.
Identify the basic cable components, such as buffers, strength members, and jacket
Describe the material and design requirements imposed on military fiber optic cable
Describe the advantages and disadvantages of OFCC cable, stranded cable, and ribbon