Photonics in Switching

Edited by

  • Paul Liao, Bell Communications Research Inc.
  • Paul Kelley, Kaminow Lightwave Technologies


  • John Midwinter, University College, London

Photonics in Switching provides a broad, balanced overview of the use of optics or photonics in switching, from materials and devices to system architecture. The chapters, each written by an expert in the field, survey the key technologies, setting them in context and highlighting their benefits and possible applications. This book is a valuable resource for those working in the communications industry, either at the professional or student level, who do not have extensive background knowledge or the underlying physics of the technology.
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Research scientists and engineers in fiber optics and telecommunications, and advanced students in these areas.


Book information

  • Published: August 1993
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-496051-0

Table of Contents

Why Consider Photonics in Switching? Network Overview. Some Background to Telecommunications Transmissions and Switching. Overview of Switching Architectures. Physics of All-Optical Switching Devices. Optical Amplifiers. Optoelectronic Hybrid Switching. New Approaches to Digital Optical Computing Using Parallel Optical Array Logic. Optical Interconnects in Electronic Processing Systems. Guided-Wave Optical Interconnect Techniques. Index. Chapter References.