Scalable optical switches: Architectures and physical layer characterization

Rathy Shankar
Optical switches are the key components in realizing reconfigurable all optical networks. The deployment of optical switches (replacing the conventional electronic switches) at the network nodes enables increased switching capacity and flexibility to data rate, format, and protocol. The scaling of optical networks, while benefiting from optical transparency is however influenced by the accumulations of certain physical impairments, such as interference (crosstalk) and amplifier noises that cannot be entirely eliminated or compensated without the need...
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