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Optical Components For Fiber Systems
Author(s): W. J. Tomlinson
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Paper Abstract

As lightwave systems evolve and mature, and the range of applications for them broadens, there is increasing need for a wide variety of optical components to exploit fully the capacity and capability of the fibers. Many of the components that have been developed for these purposes utilize miniature optical elements, and many of these use gradient-index lenses. Such components are commonly referred to as microoptic components. In this paper we review various component technologies currently available or under development for optical fiber communications systems, with particular emphasis on microoptic components. We consider components for passive optical functions, such as mixing, splitting, wavelength-division multiplexing, or isolation; for low-speed active functions, such as circuit switching or variable attenuation; and for high-speed active functions, such as modulation or time-division multiplexing.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 April 1988
PDF: 17 pages
Proc. SPIE 0935, Gradient-Index Optics and Miniature Optics, (8 April 1988); doi: 10.1117/12.946910
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W. J. Tomlinson, Bell Communications Research (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0935:
Gradient-Index Optics and Miniature Optics
Dennis C. Leiner; James D. Rees, Editor(s)

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