Towards terabit/s TDM photonic systems

Yu, B. Y. and Toliver, P. and Runser, R. and Glesk, I. and Prucnal, P. R.; (1997) Towards terabit/s TDM photonic systems. In: 11th International Conference on Integrated Optics and Optical Fibre Communications and 23rd European Conference on Optical Communications. IET, London, pp. 19-22. ISBN 0852966970 (

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The next generation computer networks will handle the bandwidth requirements from new applications such as supercomputer interconnection, tele-medicine applications, interactive TV and multimedia banks. The increases in the number of end users and per user bandwidth demand clearly indicate the need of developing ultra-fast advanced optical networks that are capable of delivering the throughput ranging from hundreds Gb/sec to several Tb/s. Most research efforts to date on optical networks are focused on wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) and time-division multiplexing (TDM). This paper discusses the feasibility of achieving Tb/s throughput in a single wavelength channel using TDM based on the results from a network demonstration operating at 100 Gbit/sec we developed at Princeton University.