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Preface. Acknowledgments. Introduction. FUNDAMENTALS OF LIGHT. The Nature of Light. Interaction of Light with Matter. OPTICAL COMPONENTS. The Optical Waveguide: The Fiber. Optical Spectral Filters and Gratings. Optical Demultiplexers. Light Sources. Photodetectors. Light Amplifiers. Other Optical Components. Optical Cross-Connects. Optical Add-Drop Multiplexers. CODING OPTICAL INFORMATION. Digital Transmission and Coding Techniques. Decoding Optical Information. DENSE WAVELENGTH DIVISION MULTIPLEXING. DWDM Systems. Engineering DWDM Systems. DWDM Topologies. DWDM CURRENT ISSUES AND RESEARCH. State of the Art. Acronyms and Abbreviations. Answers. Index. About the Author.