Proceedings PaperOptical Fibre Signal Processing
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The principle stimulus for fibre optic technology is undoubtably high capacity telecommunications links. However, optical fibre sensors are becoming an increasingly important subject, and it is probable that this will become an important aspect of transducer technology in the none too distant future. It is also conceivable that fibre optics will make a significant contribution to signal processing technologies, especially for high data rate systems. In this paper, we examine some of the underlying reasons why this may be so and present some examples of the simple processors which have been realised to date. There is a range of processing functions which it is apt for fibres to perform, which may be classified as tapped delay line and spatial processors. The technology is currently in its infancy, but may have much to offer for a wide range of applications.