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Journal of Optical Communications and Networking

  • Editor: Richard A. Linke
  • Vol. 6, Iss. 5 — May. 1, 2007
  • pp: 550–558

Optical cross-connect architectures with the ability to tailor transmission properties

C. Matrakidis, C. (T.) Politi, and A. Stavdas  »View Author Affiliations

Journal of Optical Networking, Vol. 6, Issue 5, pp. 550-558 (2007)

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Feature Issue on Photonics in Switching

A type of optical cross connect that is new to the best of our knowledge is introduced, which employs tunable dispersion compensating devices as switching elements. Such an architecture is used to impose the optimum balance between chromatic dispersion and nonlinearity in a core optical network, wherein each link carries signals coming from several different paths, with dissimilar transmission characteristics. Two scenarios are shown: one with 80km spans followed by dispersion compensating fiber (DCF) and one with 40km spans without any DCF. The overall process not only facilitates wavelength switching but also considerably improves the physical performance.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(060.2330) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics communications
(060.4250) Fiber optics and optical communications : Networks
(060.4510) Fiber optics and optical communications : Optical communications

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Photonics in Switching

Original Manuscript: September 25, 2006
Revised Manuscript: March 28, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: April 2, 2007
Published: April 27, 2007

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Photonics in Switching (2006) Journal of Optical Networking

C. Matrakidis, C. (T.) Politi, and A. Stavdas, "Optical cross-connect architectures with the ability to tailor transmission properties," J. Opt. Netw. 6, 550-558 (2007)

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