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Architectural considerations for photonic switching networks

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1 Author(s)
Hinton, H.S. ; AT&T Bell Lab., Naperville, IL, USA

Photonic technologies are reviewed that could become important components of future telecommunication systems. Photonic devices and systems are divided into two classes according to the function they perform. The first class, relational, refers to devices, that map the input channels to the output channels under external control. The second class, logic, perform some type or combination of Boolean logic functions. Some of the strengths and weaknesses of operating in the photonic domain are presented. Relational devices and their applications are discussed. Optical logic devices and their potential applications are reviewed

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Selected Areas in Communications, IEEE Journal on  (Volume:6 ,  Issue: 7 )