• H. Scott Hinton
  • J. R. Erickson
  • T. J. Cloonan
  • F. A. P. Tooley
  • F. B. McCormick
  • A. L. Lentine
Part of the Applications of Communications Theory book series (ACTH)


As our information-hungry society moves toward ubiquitous broadband services there will be the need for telecommunications switching systems able to switch and control large numbers of users sending and receiving this high-bit-rate information. Aggregate capacities of these future systems could exceed 1 Tb/s by the turn of the century. Some of the new services that will require these large capacities include the transport and switching of NTSC video, enhanced-quality television (EQTV), high-definition television (HDTV), switched video, high-data-rate file transfers and information retrieval, animated graphics, in addition to the need for an interconnect for diskless workstations and local area networks/metropolitan area networks (LAN/MAN). These new services are the future of telecommunications companies and thus the driving force to bring photonics into switching systems.


Directional Coupler Semiconductor Optical Amplifier Output Channel Spatial Light Modulator Optical Interconnection 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. Scott Hinton
    • 1
  • J. R. Erickson
  • T. J. Cloonan
  • F. A. P. Tooley
  • F. B. McCormick
  • A. L. Lentine
  1. 1.McGill UniversityMontrealCanada

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