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Foa Reference Guide to Fiber Optics

Updated January 2018. This book is an guide to the design, installation, testing and operation of fiber optic networks. It was written with the assistance of many experienced Fiber Optic Association (FOA) instructors in fiber optics as a reference book for classes aimed at FOA CFOT certification as well as a basic reference for anyone working in the field of fiber optics. This book offers expansive coverage on the components and processes of fiber optics as used in all applications and installation practices. A complete curriculum for teaching fiber optics using this book as a text is available from FOA.
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Jim Hayes is a co-founder of the Fiber Optic Association and current President. He has a degree in Physics and Astronomy from Vanderbilt University and did postgraduate work at UCSC/Lick Observatory. Jim has been involved in fiber optics since he was introduced to the technology by researchers at Bell Labs in 1978. In 1980, he co-founded FOTEC, the fiber optic test equipment company that was acquired by Fluke in 2001. He began training techs in fiber optics in 1982 and started Fiber U, a fiber optic training conference in 1993. In 1995, along with a dozen Fiber U instructors from many companies in the fiber optic business, schools and professional trainers, he was a co-founder of the Fiber Optic Association. Jim is the author of 9 books on fiber optics and cabling, editor of the FOA monthly newsletter and has been a columnist for Electrical Contractor Magazine since 1999.

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