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An overview of the main technologies behind optical communications

An overview of the main technologies behind optical communications
An overview of the main technologies behind optical communications
The optical fibre has often been viewed as a medium of near-infinite bandwidth. This, in conjunction with its incredibly low propagation loss, has established the fibre as the ideal transmission medium, especially for long-distance communications. However, the explosive growth of internet traffic over recent years, has pushed the limits of existing communication networks, and is posing serious questions on how much information can actually be carried in an optical fibre and the restrictions of the current methods and technologies we use to transmit information.
This talk will outline some of the technologies that have been central in the evolution of optical fibre communications over the years and have eventually revolutionised the way we communicate. A brief reference will be made to some of the historical developments in the field, and their transformational effects. In a similar fashion, the talk will review the challenges faced ahead and will suggest some areas of research which may produce important developments in the near future.
Petropoulos, P.
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Petropoulos, P.
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Petropoulos, P. (2010) An overview of the main technologies behind optical communications. Networkshop '38, United Kingdom. 29 - 31 Mar 2010.

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Abstract

The optical fibre has often been viewed as a medium of near-infinite bandwidth. This, in conjunction with its incredibly low propagation loss, has established the fibre as the ideal transmission medium, especially for long-distance communications. However, the explosive growth of internet traffic over recent years, has pushed the limits of existing communication networks, and is posing serious questions on how much information can actually be carried in an optical fibre and the restrictions of the current methods and technologies we use to transmit information.
This talk will outline some of the technologies that have been central in the evolution of optical fibre communications over the years and have eventually revolutionised the way we communicate. A brief reference will be made to some of the historical developments in the field, and their transformational effects. In a similar fashion, the talk will review the challenges faced ahead and will suggest some areas of research which may produce important developments in the near future.

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e-pub ahead of print date: March 2010
Venue - Dates: Networkshop '38, United Kingdom, 2010-03-29 - 2010-03-31
Organisations: Optoelectronics Research Centre

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Local EPrints ID: 340567
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/340567
PURE UUID: 405ae466-791b-4b8b-a450-bb11cd28bd02
ORCID for P. Petropoulos: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-1576-8034

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Date deposited: 26 Jun 2012 13:18
Last modified: 09 Oct 2019 00:38

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