The University of Southampton
University of Southampton Institutional Repository

Optical Fibre Technology - Past Present and Future

Payne, D.N. (2006) Optical Fibre Technology - Past Present and Future At European Conference on Optical Communication ECOC 2006, France. 24 - 28 Sep 2006. (doi:10.1109/ECOC.2006.4800857).

Record type: Conference or Workshop Item (Other)


While the extraordinary progress of optical communications over the last few decades slowed considerably following the bursting of the telecom's telecommunications bubble, there are now strong signs that the market has returned to normal. Consumer bandwidth demand in Western countries is such that it is now being rationed by a number of ISPs through throttling and traffic management. Arguably, a bandwidth famine is needed to establish demand before research on maximising fibre bandwidth can resume.

As an indicator for future progress, it is timely to review the astonishing strides in optical technology that have been made over the last 40 years. By far the most perfect transmission medium ever seen, the optical fibre together with its partner, the EDFA, currently satisfies world needs for both transmission loss and bandwidth. Furthermore, it has considerable capacity yet to be exploited and is making inroads into other markets.

In the quiet years of telecoms, many have exploited the wealth of devices and techniques developed for telecommunications in other applications. Examples are in high-power laser processing, sensing in oil wells, and in the biosciences. The remarkable control of light achieved in photonics brings unprecedented opportunities for signal processing, molecular manipulation and even in industrial welding and cutting applications. Remarkably, in fibre amplifiers the milliwatts of telecommunications can be scaled to powers as high as Kilowatts.

The talk will review optical fibre developments across a number of areas in the context of historic developments.

Full text not available from this repository.

More information

e-pub ahead of print date: 2006
Venue - Dates: European Conference on Optical Communication ECOC 2006, France, 2006-09-24 - 2006-09-28


Local EPrints ID: 76388
ISBN: 9782912328397
PURE UUID: 9519cff2-5132-43c2-ad0e-0a2d87cc0ac0

Catalogue record

Date deposited: 11 Mar 2010
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 23:40

Export record


Download statistics

Downloads from ePrints over the past year. Other digital versions may also be available to download e.g. from the publisher's website.

View more statistics

Atom RSS 1.0 RSS 2.0

Contact ePrints Soton:

ePrints Soton supports OAI 2.0 with a base URL of

This repository has been built using EPrints software, developed at the University of Southampton, but available to everyone to use.

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we will assume that you are happy to receive cookies on the University of Southampton website.