Speaker: Professor Raj Jain
Current fiber networks use electronic switching and are therefore limited to electronic speeds of a few gigabits per second. For higher speeds, it is important that the signal remain photonic throughout its path. Such networks, which use optical switching and routing, are called all-optical.
In this tutorial on all-optical networks, we will discuss recent developments in optical devices, issues that need to be solved, along with examples of IBM and DEC's testbeds. The concept of solitons and how they allow fast picosecond pulses will be explained.
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