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All-optical header processing and optical buffering for optical packet switching networks
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Paper Abstract

We discuss how all-optical signal processing might play a role in future all-optical packet switched networks. We describe a few approaches to optical header processing, all based on nonlinearities in a semiconductor optical amplifier. In first approach a SLALOM configuration is used. The second approach uses a Terahertz Optical Asymmetric Demultiplexer. We also describe a header pre-processor to improve the extinction ratio of the header processor output. The second functional block on which we focus is optical buffering. We show how all-optical signal processing technology can be used to route a packet into a fiber delay line and we describe a circulating optical loop based op optical technology.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 February 2005
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 5626, Network Architectures, Management, and Applications II, (8 February 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.578769
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Harm J. S. Dorren, Eindhoven Univ. of Technology (Netherlands)
M. T. Hill, Eindhoven Univ. of Technology (Netherlands)
Y. Liu, Eindhoven Univ. of Technology (Netherlands)
Nicola Calabretta, Eindhoven Univ. of Technology (Netherlands)
R. Geldenhuys, Eindhoven Univ. of Technology (Netherlands)
Giok-Djan Khoe, Eindhoven Univ. of Technology (Netherlands)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5626:
Network Architectures, Management, and Applications II
S. J. Ben Yoo; Gee-Kung Chang; Guangcheng Li; Kwok-wai Cheung, Editor(s)

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