Multi-gigabit WDM optical networking for next generation avionics system communications

Gardner, R. D., Andonovic, I., Hunter, D.K., Hamoudi, A., McLaughlin, A.J., Aitchison, J.S. and Marsh, J.H. (2000) Multi-gigabit WDM optical networking for next generation avionics system communications. Optics and Lasers in Engineering, 33(4), pp. 277-297. (doi:10.1016/S0143-8166(00)00053-1)

Gardner, R. D., Andonovic, I., Hunter, D.K., Hamoudi, A., McLaughlin, A.J., Aitchison, J.S. and Marsh, J.H. (2000) Multi-gigabit WDM optical networking for next generation avionics system communications. Optics and Lasers in Engineering, 33(4), pp. 277-297. (doi:10.1016/S0143-8166(00)00053-1)

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Abstract

It is envisaged that photonic networking will play a significant role in improving performance and reliability in both civil and military avionics systems. Of all the available photonic multiplexing technologies, wavelength-division multiplexing (WDM) has been the primary focus of attention within mainstream telecommunications offering increased throughput at a reasonable cost, with scope for enhanced routing flexibility, connectivity and network survivability. A direct mapping of techniques and devices from the maturing telecommunications sector is, however, not possible because of the stringent requirements of systems operating in the hostile aerospace environment. This paper gives an outline of these requirements and discusses, in detail, the design and development of a multi-gigabit, broadband optical WDM network architecture, specifically for use on aerospace platforms. The paper will also discuss a key element in the system, the arrayed-waveguide grating (AWG) wavelength multiplexing component, which has been designed to allow operation over the full military temperature specification without environmental conditioning.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:PHONAV is a UK EPSRC-funded project. The authors gratefully acknowledge help and support from the industrial partners - BAE SYSTEMS (Military Aircraft and Aerostructures), BAE SYSTEMS (Sowerby Research Centre), Smiths Industries Aerospace, GKN Westland Helicopters Limited, BICC Brand Rex Ltd, the Royal Air Force and the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency.
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Marsh, Professor John
Authors: Gardner, R. D., Andonovic, I., Hunter, D.K., Hamoudi, A., McLaughlin, A.J., Aitchison, J.S., and Marsh, J.H.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Electronics and Nanoscale Engineering
Journal Name:Optics and Lasers in Engineering
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0143-8166
ISSN (Online):1873-0302

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