Chapter 17

Ultra-High-Speed Optical Time Division Multiplexing

Leif Katsuo Oxenløwe, Anders Clausen, Michael Galili, Hans Christian Hansen Mulvad, Hua Ji, Hao Hu and Evarist Palushani,    DTU Fotonik, the Technical University of Denmark, Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark

17.1 Background

The idea of using optical means to temporally multiplex data channels to generate higher baud rates than are otherwise available is a mature idea. In 1968, Bell Labs researchers Kinsel and Denton [1] described a free-space system, where the output from a He-Ne laser was modulated and multiplexed to reach a capacity of 448 Mbit/s. In 1971–1972, detailed studies of demultiplexers were presented [2,3] aiming at total capacities of 6.7 Gbit/s. In 1987, Tucker et al. experimentally ...

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