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Integrated-optic versus microoptic devices for fiber-optic telecommunication systems: a comparison

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4 Author(s)
Pennings, E. ; Optoelectron. Centre, Philips Components, Eindhoven, Netherlands ; Khoe, G.-D. ; Smit, M.K. ; Staring, T.

We assess the relative merits and prospects of integrated-optics in comparison with microoptic and fiber-based techniques. Firstly, the market for fiber-optic components for telecommunications is analyzed. Secondly, the technological issues which make integrated optics quite different from integrated electronics will be discussed. Thirdly, a specific comparison between the potential of the competing optical technologies will be made for the polarization-diversity hybrid and the optical wavelength (de)multiplexer, two optical devices used in networks that are based on optical frequency division multiplexing (OFDM)

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Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics, IEEE Journal of  (Volume:2 ,  Issue: 2 )