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Dense wavelength division multiplexing networks: principles and applications

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1 Author(s)
Brackett, C.A. ; Beel Commun. Res., Morristown, NJ, USA

The very broad bandwidth of low-loss optical transmission in a single-mode fiber and the recent improvements in single-frequency tunable lasers have stimulated significant advances in dense wavelength division multiplexed optical networks. This technology, including wavelength-sensitive optical switching and routing elements and passive optical elements, has made it possible to consider the use of wavelength as another dimension, in addition to time and space, in network and switch design. The independence of optical signals at different wavelengths makes this a natural choice for multiple-access networks, for applications which benefit from shared transmission media, and for networks in which very large throughputs are required. Recent progress in multiwavelength networks are reviewed, some of the limitations which affect the performance of such networks are discussed, and examples of several network and switch proposals based on these ideas are presented. Discussed also are critical technologies that are essential to progress in this field

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Selected Areas in Communications, IEEE Journal on  (Volume:8 ,  Issue: 6 )

Date of Publication:

Aug 1990

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