Photonic packet switching with optically processed control

Glesk, Ivan and Sokoloff, J. P. and Prucnal, P.R. (1994) Photonic packet switching with optically processed control. In: Photonics at the Air Force Photonics Center. SPIE, Bellingham, USA. ISBN 9780819415202

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Abstract

We report the first demonstration of all-optical address recognition and self-routing of photonic packets for a case where the packet bit period is only 4 ps, corresponding to a 0.25- Tb/s bandwidth optical network. An ultrafast all-optical devices, known as a terahertz optical asymmetric demultiplexer (TOAD), was used to read the address information encoded in a packet header, which in turn was used to route the packet. The bit-error rate at the switch output was measured to be less than 10-9.