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New trends in optical communications
Author(s): Ivan Glesk; Robert J. Runser; Paul R. Prucnal
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Paper Abstract

To increase the transmission capacity of future communication networks is becoming very critical. This task can only be accomplished by taking advantage of optical networks where multiplexing techniques such as Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing and Optical Time Division Multiplexing are employed. To avoid electronic bottlenecks a whole new generation of ultrafast devices is needed. To fulfill these needs a new class of all optical devices has been proposed and developed. By taking advantage of the nonlinear dynamics the semiconductor optical amplifiers in combination with the fiber interferometers a new generation of ultrafast all-optical demultiplexers and wavelength converters has been demonstrated. Newly developed broadband optical fiber, a new generation of fiber amplifiers, and extensive progress in dispersion management has helped substantially to increase bitrates and transmission distances in the current optical networks. The latest technologies in the area of micro-machining have created very attractive low cost MEMS. Recently announced use of bubble technology for all-optical switching might also lead to the development of next generation large scale switching fabrics. In this paper we discuss progress and new trends in some of these areas.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 March 2001
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 4356, 12th Czech-Slovak-Polish Optical Conference on Wave and Quantum Aspects of Contemporary Optics, (7 March 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.417813
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Ivan Glesk, Comenius Univ. (United States)
Robert J. Runser, Princeton Univ. (United States)
Paul R. Prucnal, Princeton Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4356:
12th Czech-Slovak-Polish Optical Conference on Wave and Quantum Aspects of Contemporary Optics
Jan Perina Sr.; Miroslav Hrabovsky; Jaromir Krepelka, Editor(s)

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