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Components for optical networking
Author(s): Alastair M. Glass
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Paper Abstract

In the last few years the vision of optical communication has evolved from high-capacity, point-to-point links toward full optical networking . Wavelength division multiplexing, originally developed to increase the capacity of the installed fiber base, now forms the basis of flexible optical networking for wide area networks, metropolitan area networks, and possibly local area and access networks. This vision has placed stringent demand on next-generation network elements. These include wavelength agile lasers, reconfigurable add/drop multiplexers, high port-count mux-demux devices, optical cross-connects, broadband amplifiers, gain and dispersion equalizers, in-line optical spectrum analyzers, high-capacity fiber and elements for network management. Several novel devices to meet these demands are emerging from the research laboratory and a number of experimental testbeds have demonstrated the viability of flexible, high-capacity optical networks of the future.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 September 1999
PDF: 1 pages
Proc. SPIE 3746, 13th International Conference on Optical Fiber Sensors, 374647 (1 September 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.2302141
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Alastair M. Glass, Lucent Technologies (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3746:
13th International Conference on Optical Fiber Sensors
Byoung Yoon Kim; Kazuo Hotate, Editor(s)

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