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CFOT CURRICULUM: 1. INTRODUCTION TO FIBER OPTICS: a. Brief history. b. Definition. c. Advantage of fiber optics transmission over copper, coaxial and radio frequency. d. Preparation/manufacturing of fiber optics cables.
3. FIBER DESIGN/WORKING PRINCIPLES: a. Core, cladding, buffer coating or primary coating and strength members. b. Reflection, refraction and refractive index. c. Critical angle and total internal reflection. d. Fiber types:  All plastic (P.C.S. and H.C.S.)  All glass (Step index MM, Graded index MM and Single mode) e. Numerical aperture (NA) / Acceptance Cone f. Mode Field Diameter MDF: Defines the size of power distribution through the core / Cladding of the fiber.
OPTICAL NETWORK: a. Definition of what a fiber optic network is. b. Transmitters / light sources  LEDs (light emitting diodes)  VCSELs (vertical cavity emitting lasers)  LASER (light amplification by the stimulated emission of radiation) c. Optical fiber parameters  Wavelength  Frequency  WDM (wavelength division multiplexing) d. Fiber optics amplifiers  EDFAs (erbium doped fiber amplifiers)  Raman amplification e. FO Attenuators: types and uses f. Windows/operating wavelength
CABLING  CABLE TYPES a. TIGHT BUFFERS (simplex/zip cords)  Distribution cables  Breakout cables b. LOOSE TUBES  Ribbon cables  Armored  Optical Power Ground Wire (OPGW) cables c. Hybrid and Composite cables  CABLE SELECTION / CHOOSING: Factors to be considered when choosing a cable.  CABLE SPECIFICATION: I. Installation Specification II. Environmental Specification  CABLE RATING (CONDUCTIVE AND NON-CONDUCTIVE) I. Plenum Area II. Risers III. General Purpose  CABLE DESIGN CRITERIA I. Pulling strength II. Water Protection III. Fire code Ratings
The Definition B. Types C. FO connectors I. Types/Identification II. ST Connectors III. LC Connectors IV. FC/RC Connectors V. SC Connectors VI. MT/RJ D. Termination kits: Pigtails and Patch Cords,Breakout/Fanout Kits,Mid-couplers and mating sleeves.
E. Termination Procedures 1. Adhesive Termination  Epoxy/polish  Hot-Melt  Anaerobic Adhesives  Acrylic 2. Crimp/polish 3. Prepolished splice
F. Polishing Techniques  The Flat Finish  Physical Contact (PC)  Angled Physical Contact (APC)
SPLICING a) Definition b) Types: Mechanical / Fusion c) Choosing a splice type d) Step by step splicing Process e) Splice Losses; Cause and Remedies
FO LOSSES a) Definition b) Types/kinds of losses in fiber optics links a) Attenuation (Rayleigh scattering, absorption and leakages) b) Dispersion (modal, chromatic and PMD) Loss budget in a fiber optic link.
9. OPTICAL FIBER COLOUR CODE a) TIA/EIA Standard b) Installation processes
11. TESTING a) Visual fault tracing b) Visual fault locator c) Visual connector inspection d) Optical time-domain reflectometer (OTDR)-Using the latest OTDR win7 software with PC compact ability for our training.  How it works  OTDR parameters, specifications and graphical interpretations in finding I. Slope of a trace II. Frensel reflection III. Non-reflective events IV. Reflective index e) OTDR limitations f) Optical power loss (absolute and relative test) i) Measuring Power II. Testing Loss (single ended loss and double ended loss)
DOCUMENTATION OF FIBER OPTIC INSTALLATION.
Intensive Laboratory Section; Basic cable handling (Bend Radius Test)
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