Advantages and disadvantages of step index fiber

This article gives information about the advantages and disadvantages of step index fiber to know more details about it.

Advantages of step index fiber :
  • It is easy to manufacture
  • It is cheaper compared to the graded index
  • Light is propagated through the graded index
  • Larger bandwidth 
  • High information rate
  • Less attenuation
  • Can run over a longer distance without repeaters
Disadvantages of step index fiber :
  • Pulse distortion is more
  • The information carrying capacity is less
  • Losses are more
  • Difficult to couple light in and also out of the tiny core
  • A high directive light source is required
  • Interfacing module is more expensive
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