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The role of photonics technology in the implementation of future broadband telecommunications networks

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dc.contributor.author Houbavlis, T en
dc.contributor.author Zoiros, KE en
dc.date.accessioned 2014-03-01T01:19:38Z
dc.date.available 2014-03-01T01:19:38Z
dc.date.issued 2003 en
dc.identifier.issn 1477-4739 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/15623
dc.relation.uri http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-14544308865&partnerID=40&md5=fc9e5505448f455b990e88557fe317a7 en
dc.subject.classification Engineering, Electrical & Electronic en
dc.subject.classification Telecommunications en
dc.subject.other Costs en
dc.subject.other Data reduction en
dc.subject.other Electric switches en
dc.subject.other Internet en
dc.subject.other Light amplifiers en
dc.subject.other Multimedia systems en
dc.subject.other Multiplexing en
dc.subject.other Telecommunication industry en
dc.subject.other Telecommunication traffic en
dc.subject.other Broadband interactive services en
dc.subject.other Photonics technology en
dc.subject.other Semiconductor optical amplifier (SOA) en
dc.subject.other Voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) en
dc.subject.other Broadband networks en
dc.title The role of photonics technology in the implementation of future broadband telecommunications networks en
heal.type journalArticle en
heal.language English en
heal.publicationDate 2003 en
heal.abstract The purpose of this paper is to investigate the role that photonics technology can play in the implementation of modern broadband telecommunications networks. Starting from the continuous growth of bandwidth demand that is observed due to the Internet and multimedia applications, the attractive features of photonics technology that have rendered fibre the primary transmission medium are underlined and the modern optical multiplexing techniques are presented. The perspectives of electronic switching are discussed with emphasis on the technical restrictions that are imposed by its use due to the inevitable optoelectrical conversions and the need for moving towards all-optical networks. The core element for achieving this goal, which is the nonlinear semiconductor optical amplifier (SOA)-based optical gate module, is analysed - in particular its potential to perform all-optical Boolean logic functions and to form the technology platform for the implementation of all-optical signal processing circuits with cost and performance advantages over the corresponding electronics. Finally, the impact that the photonics technology comprising these circuits is expected to have on the telecommunications industry is highlighted and the necessary conditions for its commercial exploitation in real communications networks are discussed. en
heal.publisher THE COMMUNICATIONS NETWORK en
heal.journalName Journal of the Communications Network en
dc.identifier.isi ISI:000222375000007 en
dc.identifier.volume 2 en
dc.identifier.issue 4 en
dc.identifier.spage 40 en
dc.identifier.epage 45 en


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