The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

Los Angeles Convention Center,
Los Angeles, California, USA

Understanding Back Reflectance

Wednesday, 23 March 2016
16:00 - 17:00
Expo Theater III
Exhibit Hall A


Session Description

When trying to achieve a desired bit error rate, most designers focus on fiber optic attenuation and dispersion and don’t give as much thought to reflectance and optical return loss.  However, reflectance is a critical issue in regards to system signal quality. This session will review what reflectance is, how it affects system performance (bit error rate), and how to properly test for ORL and reflectance.


Larry Johnson, Director & Founder, The Light Brigade

Larry Johnson, founder of The Light Brigade, has been at the forefront of the fiber optics industry since 1977. Over his three-plus-decade career in the telecommunications industries, Mr. Johnson has built a solid reputation in all aspects of fiber optic design, installation, implementation, testing, and measurement. He participated in the early development of fiber optic standards used for installation, testing, and measurement of network and physical plant. In addition he has developed over twenty courses on fiber optic technologies.  His leadership in the optical fiber industry has resulted in repeated invitations to speak at key conferences worldwide, and to develop fiber optic certification programs for a variety of industries.


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