Part I: Introduction. -Preliminaries and Terminologies.- Part II: Optical Switching Technologies. -Lithium Niobate Electro-Optic Switching. -Acousto-Optic Switching. -Thermo-Optic Switching. -Liquid Crystal Based Optical Switching. -MEMS Based Optical Switching. -Optical Switching with SOAs. -Other Optical Switching Technologies.- Part III: Optical Switching Fabrics, Systems and Networks. -Planar Optical Space Switch Architectures. -Switch Fabric Control. -Optical Switching in Communications Networks. -Protection and Restoration Architectures. -Optical Packet Switching and Burst Switching.- Closing Remarks.
Applications of optical switching in network elements and communication networks are discussed in considerable depth. Optical circuits, packet, and burst switching are all included. Composed of distinct self-contained chapters with minimum overlaps and independent references.
This up-to-date text offers comprehensive coverage of optical switching, technologies, devices, systems and networks, and illustrates their application in network elements and communications networks. The contributors provide a study of the principles and theory of optical switching devices, how they are built and put together into working systems. This valuable publication includes coverage of optical circuit, packet, and burst switching. Self-contained chapters cover the history, current and future states of optical switching, bringing together academic and industrial contributions, analytical and descriptive treatments, plus theory, experimentation, and practice.