Joint Fiber-Optic Communications and Sensing

A special issue of Photonics (ISSN 2304-6732). This special issue belongs to the section "Optical Communication and Network".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (10 June 2024) | Viewed by 310

Special Issue Editor

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Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering Faculty, Department of Telecommunications and Photonics, West Pomeranian University of Technology in Szczecin, Szczecin, Poland
Interests: next generation access network; passive optical network; fiber optic network monitoring; fiber fault detection; reflectometry; sensing

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Since early 1990s, we have experienced the development of fiber monitoring solutions to ease the maintenance of communication networks. Since 2000, during the rapid growth of passive optical network deployment in access areas—including fiber-to-the-home services, and, later, mobile transport—network operators have faced the challenge of high maintenance costs. Thus, efficient and effective end-to-end fiber monitoring has become essential to research.

On the other hand, photonic technologies have been used for sensing applications for many years. Conditions of the environment surrounding the optical fiber or a localized photonic sensor can be immediately detected with high accuracy and resolution. This includes the detection of vibrations, temperature, and strain, which could indicate car traffic, train position, earthquakes, degrading infrastructure conditions or overheating infrastructure components.

Nowadays, we see a new paradigm shift of joint communication and sensing in fiber optic networks. In other words, the in-service telecom fiber network can serve as a basis for sensing solutions. Ideally, network supervision solutions would provide both monitoring and sensing functionalities. The collected data could be used by third-party companies or city utilities to further optimize their operations.

It is the objective of this Special Issue to collect contributions on research efforts concerning joint communications and sensing in fiber optic networks. Researchers, scientists, and engineers focused on newest technological advancements in components and (sub-)systems, proof-of-concept experiments, and field trials are warmly encouraged to submit manuscripts. The scope of this Special Issue includes, but is not limited to, the following aspects (keywords):

  • Optical fiber sensors in communication infrastructure;
  • In-service fiber monitoring;
  • Distributed sensing;
  • Reflectometry;
  • Interferometry;
  • Remote network supervision;
  • Optical instrumentation and measurement;
  • Long-haul network;
  • Metro network;
  • Access network;
  • Passive optical network;
  • Point-to-point network architecture;
  • Point-to-multipoint network architecture.

Dr. Patryk Urban
Guest Editor

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  • optical fiber sensors in communication infrastructure
  • in-service fiber monitoring
  • distributed sensing
  • reflectometry
  • interferometry
  • remote network supervision
  • optical instrumentation and measurement
  • long-haul network
  • metro network
  • access network
  • passive optical network
  • point-to-point network architecture
  • point-to-multipoint network architecture

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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