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Optical communications: past, present and future

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1 Author(s)
R. J. Green ; Dept. of Electr. Eng., Bradford Univ., UK

A quiet revolution is taking place in communications technology, where light is replacing its low-frequency counterparts, the radio wave and signals by wire. The author traces the development of optical communication technology from simple beginnings using fire and beacons, through early valve and solid-state devices to integrated optics and advanced fibre systems. Because of the very rapid growth in the area recently, only a sample of current developments can be presented. Leading-edge developments are considered in the light of current and advancing technologies.<>

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Electronics & Communication Engineering Journal  (Volume:1 ,  Issue: 3 )