Topics - sub committees
 

SC1 - Fibres, Fibre Devices, and Amplifiers

This area turns the focus on optical fibres, their fabrication and characterization, the physics of light propagation in optical fibres, fibre amplifiers and lasers, as well as fibre based devices for communication and sensor applications. 
 
           Optical fibre design, and fabrication
           Splices, connectors, and fibre coupling
           Fibre characterization and measurement techniques
           Fibre-based dispersion compensation
           Specialty optical fibres
           Polymer optical fibres
           Highly nonlinear fibres
           Microstructure and photonic bandgap fibres
           Fibre-based devices (e.g., gratings, interferometers, sensors)
           Fibres for switching and nonlinear optical processing
           Propagation effects in fibres (including slow light)
           Nonlinear and polarization effects in fibres
           Raman, Brillouin, and parametric processes in fibre
           Optical fibre amplifiers
           Fibre lasers
           Supercontinuum sources
           Optical meta-materials


SC2 - Waveguide and Optoelectronic Devices

This area focuses on manufacturing, performance testing and reliability of devices and components used to generate, amplify, detect, switch or process optical signals. Technologies include planar-waveguides, bulk-optics and photonic bandgap structures based on various material systems.
 
           Optoelectronic devices: fabrication, integration, packaging, testing, and reliability
           Waveguide materials and fabrication
           Silicon Photonics
           Polymer waveguides
           Lithium Niobate devices
           Photonic bandgap devices
           MEMS-based devices
           Planar lightwave circuits (PLCs)
           Rare-earth doped waveguide amplifiers
           Semiconductor optical amplifiers
           Laser sources, detectors, and modulators
           Wavelength monitoring and wavelength locking devices
           Non-linear devices, regenerators, wavelength converters, and switches
           Dispersion compensation devices
           Polarization control and monitoring devices
           Optical performance monitoring devices
           Fixed or tunable filters and gain equalizers
           Reconfigurable Add Drop Multiplexer (ROADM) technologies
           On-chip optical communications
           Terahertz technologies
           Plasmonics


SC3 - Subsystems for Optical Networks

This area concentrates on modelling, design and implementation of optical, opto-electronic, or electrical subsystems and network elements for fixed or adaptive impairment mitigation, performance monitoring, add-drop multiplexing and optical packet processing.
 
           Transmitter and receiver subsystems for direct detection and for coherent systems
           Multiplexing and demultiplexing subsystems 
           Modulation and demodulation subsystems for single-carrier and multi-tone formats 
           Optical and electronic signal processing and impairment mitigation subsystems
           Subsystems for the emulation and compensation of linear and nonlin-ear impairments 
           Coherent detection subsystems and algorithms 
           Clock and data recovery 
           Analogue-to-digital and digital-to-analogue conversion 
           Forward error correction (FEC) techniques 
           Performance estimation and performance monitoring techniques 
           Technology, design and performance of network nodes 
           Subsystem aspects of reconfigurable add-drop multiplexers 
           Optical regeneration and wavelength conversion subsystems 
           Optical delays, optical buffering, bit-, and label-processing subsystems 
           Chip-to-chip and optical backplane communication subsystems


SC4 - Transmission Systems and Network Elements

This scope will treat modelling, design and implementation of optical fibre or free-space transmission links, highlighting system-level applications of subsystems and networking elements as well as system-level implications of physical impairments and impairment mitigation techniques. It further covers applications of quantum information technologies.
 
           WDM transmission system design, modelling, and experiments 
           High-speed optical transmission systems 
           High-spectral-efficiency optical transmission systems
           Free-space optical communication systems 
           Impact of fibre non-linearity on transport system performance 
           System aspects of static and dynamic polarization effects (PDL, PMD) 
           Implications of modulation formats, subcarrier multiplexing, and OFDM on system performance 
           Implications of coherent detection on system performance 
           System implications of digital signal processing and forward error correction (FEC) 
           Transmission aspects of WDM system upgrades and mixed bit rate systems 
           System implications of optical and electronic fixed and adaptive impairment com-pensation schemes 
           Transmission aspects in multimode fibre systems 
           Quantum communication, quantum information, and quantum cryptography
 

SC5 -  Backbone and Core Networks

This area focuses on the modelling, design, architecture and scaling of optical WDM and packet-based backbone and metro-core networks, including control and management functions and protocols as well as the application of optical communication technologies in core networks. It also covers aspects of successful commercial deployments and transport field trials.
 
           Optical backbone and metro-core networks: architecture, design, performance, control, and management 
           Architectures of backbone and metro-core switches and routers 
           Backbone network reliability and availability 
           Protection and restoration 
           Cross layer optimized network design 
           IP-over-optical networks and architectures 
           Optimization of converged optical network infrastructures 
           Optical networking in the future Internet 
           Optical packet/burst/flow switching networks 
           Algorithms and protocols (e.g., routing, wavelength assignment, grooming) 
           Architectures and solutions for content distribution applications (e.g., video) 
           Support for end-to-end optical services across different network segments and width different QoS requirements 
           Switching, protocols, and standards related topics for 100G and Terabit Ethernet 
           Backbone and metro-core network demonstrations and field trials 
           Interoperability demonstrations 
           Optical networks integrating grid computing and storage services 
           Energy efficiency and power consumption of optical networks 
           Techno-economic comparison between different backbone and metro-core network architectures and technologies
 

SC6 - Access Networks and LAN

This field is to discuss networking aspects of broadband optical access and local-area networks. It covers FTTx, passive optical networks, radio-over-fibre systems, hybrid wireless/optical solutions, and in-building networks. It also comprises successful commercial mass deployments, field trials and applications of optical communication technologies in public, private and enterprise networks.
 
           Optical access systems: architecture, design, performance, control, and manage-ment 
           Optical access network experiments 
           Optical access network demonstrations and field trials 
           Local area networks (LANs) at 10G and beyond
           In-house optical networks 
           High-speed optical interconnects for consumer electronics
           Rack-to-rack optical communications 
           Optical networks for automotive applications 
           Optics in storage area networks (SANs) 
           Multimode and plastic optical fibre systems 
           Optical Ethernet access networks 
           Fibre to the X (FTTx) 
           Passive optical networks (PONs) 
           Hybrid wireless-optical access networks 
           Microwave photonics 
           Analogue optical systems 
           Multiple access techniques (e.g., code-division multiple access (CDMA)) 
           Interoperability demonstrations 
           Access system reliability, availability, and security 
           Techno-economic comparison between different access network architectures and technologies