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Design alternatives for wavelength routing networks

Authors
Journal
Optics & Laser Technology
0030-3992
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
35
Issue
2
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/s0030-3992(02)00165-2
Keywords
  • Optical Networks Architectures
  • Wavelength Routing
  • Routing And Wavelength Assignment
  • Wavelength Conversion

Abstract

Abstract This paper attempts to provide a high level overview of many of the technologies employed in optical networks with a focus on wavelength-routing networks. Optical networks involve a number of technologies from the physics of light through protocols and networks architectures. In fact there is so much technology and know-how that most people involved with optical networks only have a full understanding of the narrow area they deal with. We start first examining the principles that govern light and its use as a wave guide, and then turn our focus to the various components that constitute an optical network and conclude with the description of all optical networks and wavelength-routed networks in greater detail.

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