Optical Communication Networks: Advancements and Future Directions

A special issue of Photonics (ISSN 2304-6732). This special issue belongs to the section "Optical Communication and Network".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 October 2024 | Viewed by 1296

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Interests: sensor analysis; optics patent analysis; silicon photonics; solar cell; technology and innovation management; semiconductor industry analysis
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

With the advent of optical technology, optical communication networks are flourishing. Several countries advanced in information technologies have invested considerable funding and manpower into constructing the infrastructure required to establish optical communication networks, with the aim of leveraging their key strengths, such as their low transmission loss and ultra-wide bandwidth. In the past decade, data traffic across optical communication networks has increased dramatically, highlighting the key roles of optical communication networks and the demand for this technology. Thus, the academic and industrial sectors should cooperate to develop next-generation optical communications technology. In line with this endeavor, we are pleased to announce a Special Issue that focuses on forward-looking concepts for optical communication networks. Given the increasing focus on advancements and future directions with respect to optical communication networks, the conclusions of the Special Issue are expected to pave the way for broader and more in-depth investigations. In addition, we aim to compile and provide comprehensive recommendations and guidelines for future technological prospects in the field.

For the Special Issue, original research articles and reviews dedicated to theoretical or experimental advances in optical communication network technologies are welcome. The Special Issue centers on recent advances in frontier technologies, technology trends, and related applications of optical communications technology. We strongly encourage the submission of papers focusing on the keywords listed below. However, studies on other related topics will also be considered.

Dr. Shu-Hao Chang
Dr. Chin-Yuan Fan
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Keywords

  • optical communication
  • technology foresight
  • communication network
  • optical switching
  • optical network

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Investigating the Impact of Topology and Physical Impairments on the Capacity of an Optical Backbone Network
by Alexandre Freitas and João Pires
Photonics 2024, 11(4), 342; https://doi.org/10.3390/photonics11040342 - 9 Apr 2024
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Optical backbone networks constitute the fundamental infrastructure employed today by network operators to deliver services to users. As network capacity is a key factor influencing optical network performance, it is important to understand how topological and physical properties impact its behavior and to [...] Read more.
Optical backbone networks constitute the fundamental infrastructure employed today by network operators to deliver services to users. As network capacity is a key factor influencing optical network performance, it is important to understand how topological and physical properties impact its behavior and to have the capability to estimate its value. In this context, we propose here a method to evaluate the network capacity that relies on the optical reach to account for physical layer aspects in conjunction with constrained routing techniques for traffic routing. As this type of routing can lead to traffic blocking, particularly due to the limitation on the number of wavelengths per fiber, we also propose a fiber assignment algorithm designed to deal with this problem. We apply this method to a set of randomly generated networks using a modified Waxman model, and for a network with 60 nodes, in a scenario without blocking, we obtain capacities of about 2.5 Pbit/s for a symbol rate of 64 Gbaud and about 5 Pbit/s for a symbol rate of 128 Gbaud. Remarkably, this duplication in the total network capacity is achieved by an increase in the total fiber length of only about 51%. Full article
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