Optical Fiber Telecommunications VII
Optical Fiber Telecommunications VII (OFT VII) is the seventh installment of the OFT
series, and each edition reflects the current state-of-the-art at the time. Now 40 years old, the series is a compilation by the research and development community of progress in optical fiber communications. Each edition starts with a clean slate, and chapters and authors of OFT VII have been selected to elucidate topics that have evolved since OFT VI or that have now emerged as promising areas of research and development.
This book incorporates completely new content from OFT VI (2013) and presents the latest advances in optical fiber communication components, subsystems, systems, and networks. The chapters are written by leading authorities from academia and industry, and each chapter gives a self-contained overview of a specific technology, covering the state-of-the-art and future research opportunities.
This book is intended to be an ideal reference on the latest advances in the key technologies for future fiber optic communications, suitable for university and industry researchers, graduate students, optical systems implementers, network operators, managers, and investors.
Installments of the series have been published roughly every 5 8 years and chronicle the natural evolution of the field:
In the late 1970s, the original OFT (Miller & Chenoweth, 1979) was concerned with enabling a simple optical link, in which reliable fibers, connectors, lasers, and detectors played the major roles.
•In the late 1980s, OFT II (Miller & Kaminow, 1988) was published after the first field trials and deployments of simple optical links. By this time, the advantages of multi-user optical networking had captured the imagination of the community and were highlighted in the book.
•OFT III (Kaminow & Koch, 1997) explored the explosion in transmission capacity in the early to mid-1990s, made possible by the erbium-doped fiber amplifier, wavelength-division multiplexing (WDM), and dispersion management.
•By 2002, OFT IV (Kaminow & Li, 2002) dealt with extending the distance and capacity envelope of transmission systems. Subtle nonlinear and dispersive effects, requiring mitigation or compensation in the optical and electrical domains, were explored.
•OFT V (Kaminow, Li & Willner, 2008) moved the series into the realm of network management and services, as well as employing optical communications for ever-shorter distances. Using the high bandwidth capacity in a cost-effective manner for customer applications started to take center stage.
•OFT VI (Kaminow, Li & Willner, 2013) explored photonic integrated circuits (PICs), higher capacity transmission systems, and flexible network architectures. Highlighted areas included advanced coherent technologies, higher-order modulation formats, and space-division multiplexing.
•The present edition, OFT VII, continues the trend of multidisciplinary topics, including aspects of foundry technologies, data center interconnections, and electronics-based solutions to optical networking problems. Areas that have gained much interest in increasing performance include advanced components to enable space-division multiplexing, software tools for PICs, nanophotonic technologies, and free-space classical and quantum communications. In addition, many of the topics from earlier editions are brought up to date and new areas of research that show promise are featured.
Although each edition has added new topics, it is also true that each edition has
addressed new emerging challenges as they relate to older topics. For example, certain devices may have adequately solved transmission problems for the systems of that era. However, as systems become more complex, critical device technologies that might have been considered a “solved problem” would now have new requirements placed upon them and need a fresh technical treatment.
Finally, each edition has dealt with the issue of cost effectiveness in the consideration of optical fiber telecommunications solutions, for which cost and performance are critical drivers of research and impact our entire field.
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