WDM Technologies: Passive Optical Components

1st Edition

Editors: Achyut Dutta Niloy Dutta Masahiko Fujiwara
Print ISBN: 9780122252624
eBook ISBN: 9780080543765
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 16th May 2003
Page Count: 536
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The communications industry is at the onset of new expansion of WDM technology necessary to meet the new demand for bandwidth. This is the second of a four reference books that will cover this technology comprehensively with all of the major topics covered by a separate volumes - i.e. active components, passive components, systems and networks.

This book is the first which covers all key passive optical components required for current and next generation optical communication systems. World-renowned authors, who are pioneers in their research area, have written the chapters in their area of expertise. The book highlights not only the principle of operation and characteristics of the passive optical components, but also provides an in-depth account of the state-of-the-art system applications.

Key Features

  • Helps the reader to choose the right device for a given system application.

  • Provides the reader with insight and understanding for key passive optical components frequently being / to be used in the optical communication systems, essential building blocks of today's/next generation fiber optic networks.

  • Allows engineers working in different optical communication areas(i.e. from system to component), to understand the principle and mechanics of each key component they deal with for optical system design.

  • Covers Planar lightwave circuit (PLC) based router, different optical switches technologies (based on MEMS, thermo-optic, and electro-optic) and different optical amplifier technologies (based on semiconductor optical amplifier, EDFA ,and raman amplifier).

  • Highlights the operating principle of each component, system applications, and also future opportunities.


Graduate students and researchers working in optical communications, opto-electronics, electrical engineering, and computer engineering.

Table of Contents

  1. Overview

Part I. : WDM Multiplexer/Demultiplexer Technologies

  1. Arrayed-waveguide Grating (AWG) Router
  2. Multiplexer/Demultiplexer: Discrete
  3. Circulator

Part II: Optical Switching Technologies

  1. Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) for Optical-Fiber Communications
  2. PLC-type Thermo-optic Switches for Photonic Networks
  3. Lithium Niobate and Electro-optic Guided-wave Optical Switch

Part III: Optical Amplifier Technologies (SOA)

  1. Semiconductor Optical Amplifiers
  2. Optical Amplifiers for Terabit Capacity Lightwave Systems
  3. Raman Amplifier

Part IV: Critical Technologies

  1. Semiconductor Monolithic Circuit



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About the Editor

Achyut Dutta

Achyut Dutta is an engineering manager in the Lightwave and Module Design Center, Fujitsu Compound Semiconductor, Inc, San Jose, California. He has published over 100 technical papers, and holds 15 patents. He received various awards including NEC’s best R&D award for technology development of first plastic-optical-fiber (POF) based private network. His research interests are in the high-speed optical components, their integration, and system demonstration including optical networking for next generation communication.

Affiliations and Expertise

Fujitsu Compound Semiconductor, Inc., San Jose, California

Niloy Dutta

Niloy K. Dutta, Ph.D., is a Professor of Physics Department, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut. He has published over 240 technical papers. He has published a book on " Long Wavelength Semiconductor Lasers " and a second edition with the title Semiconductor Lasers, and also the editor of a book on Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Lasers: Technology and Applications. He has received various awards including IEEE’s Distinguished Lecturer Award. His reaserch interests are in the optical components, amplifier, and WDM systems for short and long-haul communication.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut, USA

Masahiko Fujiwara

Masahiko Fujiwara, Ph.D., is a chief engineer, Network Research Laboratories, NEC Corporation, Tsukuba, Japan. He has published over 100 papers, and holds 30 patents. His research interests are in the optical component integration, optical cross-connect switching system, optical networking for next generation communication.

Affiliations and Expertise

NEC Corporation, Tsukuba, Japan


“…it functions well as a handbook for readers who are currently working in the WDM fields” – Optics and Photonics News, November 2005