The thirst for bandwidth (potential information-carrying capacity, or the amount of information that can be sent over a communication channel) is driving the telecommunication industry to adopt more and more optical fiber networks. Optical fibers and optical fiber based components are the basic building blocks of these systems. The design of these fibers and components is rich in challenging mathematical problems and provide opportunities to solving real world problems. In this talk, an overview of the mathematics of fiber optics will be given as well as a road map that led an applied mathematician to work in industry solving such problems.
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