Multimode fiber versus Single mode fiber comparison.
Category: General Information
Date Posted: 01/05/2000
What is the difference between multimode and single mode fiber?
Multimode fiber typically has a core diameter of 50 to 300 microns which is larger than single mode fiber. Single
mode fiber usually has a core diameter around 8.5 microns. Multimode fiber
allows light to travel through multiple paths to reach its destination and is used for many short
distance (< 5 Km) applications. Single mode fiber however, allows only one path for light to propagate and it
is used for much longer transmission distances.
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