Joseph A. Hull; A. Glenn Hanson

Abstract: An engineering approach to the design of optical fiber communication links to meet mandated specifications for performance and interoperability is described. The report follows and expands upon technical guidance originally developed for MIL-STD-188-111, Subsystem Design and Engineering Standards for Common Long Haul and Tactical Fiber Optics Communications. The engineering approach should be useful in the implementation of other Government and voluntary standards under development.

Keywords: distortion-limited operation; Gaussian response function; isochronous distortion; jitter; MIL-STD-188-111; optical fiber communication system; optical figure of merit; power budget; power-limited operation; rise time

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