A Research Center on Nanomaterials and Energy
Theme : Nano-Electronic | Domains : Super channels, Optical switches, Integrated optics.
|Bandwidth-tunable optical switch|
In fiber-optic communications, wavelength-division multiplexing (WDM) is a technology that enables multiple channels to travel in a single optical fiber, which increases the capacity of the link. In order to move toward even higher capacity the mechanisms of WDM optical transmission need to change. The concept of super channels, where several optical carriers are combined to provide the desired capacity, is an evolution in WDM which promises an effective solution to the challenges posed by internet growth. However, super channels have a varying bandwidth, which creates new challenges for switch fabrics. We are aiming to design bandwidth-tunable optical switches that will be able to efficiently handle super channels in optical telecommunication networks.
Researchers : Michael Ménard (NanoQAM), Kirk, Andrew (McGill University).