Systems perspective on optical processing / packet networks

P.R. Prucnal, Bing C. Wang, I. Glesk

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper


By applying optical multiplexing techniques, the bandwidth of fiber optics can be utilized more efficiently. There are three primary optical multiplexing techniques. The most basic technique, space-division multiplexing (SDM), is a brute-force approach that simply uses separate optical fibers for each channel. Of course, this approach starts to become unwieldy as the number of channels and connections increases in a fully connected network.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2002
EventSummer Topical Meeting of the Lasers-and-Electro-Optics-Society - Mt Tremblant, Canada
Duration: 15 Jul 200217 Jul 2002


ConferenceSummer Topical Meeting of the Lasers-and-Electro-Optics-Society
CityMt Tremblant


  • systems perspective
  • optical processing
  • packet networks
  • bandwidth
  • wavelength division multiplexing
  • WDM networks
  • time division multiplexing
  • space technology
  • optical switches
  • optical pulses
  • optical modulation
  • optical fibers
  • optical fiber networks


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