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The evolution of fiber optics during the past thirty years has led to dramatic developments in the fields of computer information systems, telecommunications, cable television, and military science. Today, fiber optical systems are widely accepted as a practical and cost efficient alternative to electrical communication systems.

This paper addresses: (1) the basic architecture of fiber optical systems; (2) the evolution of fiber optical systems; (3) the advantages and limitations of fiber optical systems in comparison to traditional communication systems; (4) the application of fiber optical systems; and (5) the anticipated future developments of fiber optical systems.

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