Key Differences Between Single Mode and Multimode Optical Fibers

Posted by Kevin Miller on Mon, Apr 26, 2021 @ 08:04 AM

When utilizing optical fibers for high-speed communications applications, there two primary categories that fibers are grouped into, based on their construction and intended applications. In this article, we will review both Single Mode and Multimode optical fiber classifications, providing a quick introduction to both types and their key differences.

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Topics: optical fiber, multimode fiber, single mode fiber

Understanding Radiation Resistant Fiber: What you need to know

Posted by George Zhu on Thu, Jan 11, 2018 @ 16:01 PM

 Under the ideal environment condition, the primary fiber attenuation in single mode fiber comes from intrinsic characteristics of the glass and is usually less than 0.2 dB/km. However, when the fiber is exposed to high radiation environment for an extended period, for example in a nuclear facility, the fiber's Radiation-Induced Attenuation (RIA) will accumulate and become fiber's dominant source of loss as the electrons are trapped in the glass due to ionizing radiation. It also takes time for the fiber to recover from the radiation after the radiation source is removed. Depending on the temperature, radiation doses, and radiation sources, the fiber may or may not recover to its original state.

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Topics: optical fiber, multimode fiber

Multimode Graded Index Fiber: What It Is And Why You Need To Know

Posted by George Zhu on Wed, Jan 3, 2018 @ 11:01 AM

Graded-Index Fiber, also known as G.651.1 under International Telecommunication Union (ITU) standards, is a type of fiber whose refractive index decreases gradually as the radial distance (distance to the core center) increases. In comparison, what we commonly have seen is G.652.D fiber which has a step-index refractive index profile. This article will compare graded-index multimode fiber with traditional step-index fiber, as well as its advantages when dealing with modal dispersion, a common signal distortion error.

The graph below shows the different refractive index profiles of the fiber core and cladding.

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Topics: optical fiber, multimode fiber

What Is Optical Fiber?

Posted by Tiffany San Souci on Thu, Jun 9, 2016 @ 09:06 AM

Optical fiber is made by drawing glass or plastic to a desired length and diameter (slightly larger than a human hair).  This flexible and highly pure fiber is most commonly used to transmit light for a wide range of applications including visible light displays, sensors, and high-speed communications networks which we will discuss in this article.

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Topics: optical fiber, multimode fiber, single mode fiber

Upgrading to 40/100 Gigabit Ethernet? Consider the Implications on your MultiMode Fiber Infrastructure

Posted by OJ Johnston on Mon, May 11, 2015 @ 17:05 PM

While many enterprises are considering the move to a 40/100G ethernet infrastructure, often they overlook the impact of remaining with a multimode fiber infrastructure. While there is little difference in the infrastructure requirements of 10G ethernet for single-mode fiber and multimode fiber infrastructures, there is an exponential difference in 40/100G ethernet infrastructures. Many people tout the economics of MMF vs SMF lasers as the key reason for remaining with their MMF infrastructure; however, the savings achieved there will likely be erased by the increased cost of the passive optical infrastructure.

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Topics: multimode fiber, optical taps, single mode fiber

Commonly Used Multimode Optical Fibers

Posted by Kevin Miller on Thu, Jul 22, 2010 @ 12:07 PM

Multimode optical fiber is a type of optical fiber widely used for shorter distance applications (data center, campus, premise, etc), due to its larger core sizes (62.5um and 50um), high capacity, and high reliability.

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Topics: multimode fiber