Integrated-optic versus micro-optic devices for fiber-optic telecom systems : a comparison

E.C.M. Pennings, G.D. Khoe, M.K. Smit, A.A.M. Staring

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We assess the relative merits and prospects of integrated-optics in comparison with microoptic and fiber-based techniques. Firstly, the market for fiber-optic components for telecommunications is analyzed. Secondly, the technological issues which make integrated optics quite different from integrated electronics will be discussed. Thirdly, a specific comparison between the potential of the competing optical technologies will be made for the polarization-diversity hybrid and the optical wavelength (de)multiplexer, two optical devices used in networks that are based on optical frequency division multiplexing (OFDM)
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)151-164
Number of pages14
JournalIEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1996


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