Ultrafast technologies for photonic networks

Paul R. Prucnal, Varghese Baby, Lei Xu, Ivan Glesk

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Optical time division multiplexing (OTDM) and optical code division multiple access (OCDMA) network architectures to provide maximum flexibility to utilize the immense bandwidth of the optical fiber are discussed. OTDM can be used in conjunction with WDM to increase the capacity of data traffic on a transport network with lower cost per bit and a reduction in the size of the terminal equipment. OCDMA provides an approach to trade the huge bandwidth of optical fiber for enhanced system level functionalities. Various ultra-fast technologies ,such as ultra-fast optical switches, and time delay elements , which have a direct relevance to both these types of networks are also described.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number34
Pages (from-to)244-248
Number of pages5
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 2004
EventActive and Passive Optical Components for WDM Communications IV - Philadelphia, PA, United States
Duration: Oct 25 2004Oct 28 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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