International Journal of Optics http://www.hindawi.com The latest articles from Hindawi Publishing Corporation © 2014 , Hindawi Publishing Corporation . All rights reserved. On Optimal Frequencies for Reconstruction of a One-Dimensional Profile of Gradient Layer’s Refractive Index Tue, 16 Dec 2014 07:24:37 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijo/2014/841960/ The problem of reconstruction of a one-dimensional profile of gradient layer’s refractive index is investigated. An algorithm for choosing a right frequency, at which a scattered field is measured, is proposed. It is concluded that at the correct choice of frequency one measurement must be sufficient. Moreover, in this case, regularization parameters of the residual functional are chosen as zero. It is shown that in case of measurements being carried out with errors, residual terms must be added to the functional. Dmitrii Tumakov Copyright © 2014 Dmitrii Tumakov. All rights reserved. Omnigradient Based Total Variation Minimization for Enhanced Defocus Deblurring of Omnidirectional Images Mon, 08 Dec 2014 11:24:36 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijo/2014/732937/ We propose a new method of image restoration for catadioptric defocus blur using omnitotal variation (Omni-TV) minimization based on omnigradient. Catadioptric omnidirectional imaging systems usually consist of conventional cameras and curved mirrors for capturing 360° field of view. The problem of catadioptric omnidirectional imaging defocus blur, which is caused by lens aperture and mirror curvature, becomes more severe when high resolution sensors and large apertures are used. In an omnidirectional image, two points near each other may not be close to one another in the 3D scene. Traditional gradient computation cannot be directly applied to omnidirectional image processing. Thus, omnigradient computing method combined with the characteristics of catadioptric omnidirectional imaging is proposed. Following this Omni-TV minimization is used as the constraint for deconvolution regularization, leading to the restoration of defocus blur in an omnidirectional image to obtain all sharp omnidirectional images. The proposed method is important for improving catadioptric omnidirectional imaging quality and promoting applications in related fields like omnidirectional video and image processing. Yongle Li and Jingtao Lou Copyright © 2014 Yongle Li and Jingtao Lou. All rights reserved. A Novel Shared Protection Scheme Based on Aggregate Wavelength in High Speed Networks Thu, 20 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijo/2014/510495/ We propose novel analytical model of dynamic link cost evaluation in IP over WDM networks. We suggest disjoint path algorithm for the primary and backup path based on wavelength aggregate information, to provide shared backup. We show the optimality of pair selected because of joint optimization of the pair paths. The shareable capacity factor is introduced to establish the effect of load balancing on resources. We compared our simulation results with that of separate protection at connection and showed improvement on resource utilization performance of the network. We also study the blocking probability of proposed scheme. Anshu Oberoi, J. S. Sohal, and R. S. Kaler Copyright © 2014 Anshu Oberoi et al. All rights reserved. A Method of Waypoint Selection in Aerial Images for Vision Navigation Wed, 08 Oct 2014 14:07:41 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijo/2014/161026/ We present a novel method to select waypoints from aerial images of candidate flying regions via matching suitability analysis, which is based on visual attention mechanism and feature attribute classification. At first, visual attention mechanism is used to get the saliency map of the initial image by low-rank recovery and sparse coding. The salient regions are selected to be as preparatory results with threshold constraint and nonmaxima suppression. Then we use support vector machine (SVM) to divide the preparatory results into two classes for suitable or unsuitable waypoints based on their feature attributes, which can be represented by two edge-based descriptors and two correlation-based descriptors. The experimental results show that the proposed method is valid and effective. Lin Song, Yong-mei Cheng, Lu Yu, and Liang Yu Copyright © 2014 Lin Song et al. All rights reserved. Noncontact Measurement for Radius of Curvature of Unpolished Lens Tue, 30 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijo/2014/324032/ A noncontact mathematical model to measure radius of curvature (ROC) of an unpolished spherical lens was proposed and also proved by experiments. This model gives ROC as a function of arcs radii and their separation distance, where the radii of the corresponding arcs could be acquired by taking coordinates of points on the arcs when two parallel lines of light project onto a lens surface. Our experiments demonstrated that the measured maximum relative error was 0.027% for a concave surface with a 38.19 mm ROC and 0.021% for a convex surface with a 97.75 mm ROC, which were all in agreement with those of theory prediction error. The suggested method presented a fast noncontact method for testing ROC of lens during coarse grinding and fine grinding. Haifeng Liang Copyright © 2014 Haifeng Liang. All rights reserved. Studying the Recent Improvements in Holograms for Three-Dimensional Display Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijo/2014/519012/ Displayers tend to become three-dimensional. The most advantage of holographic 3D displays is the possibility to observe 3D images without using glasses. The quality of created images by this method has surprised everyone. In this paper, the experimental steps of making a transmission hologram have been mentioned. In what follows, current advances of this science-art will be discussed. The aim of this paper is to study the recent improvements in creating three-dimensional images and videos by means of holographic techniques. In the last section we discuss the potentials of holography to be applied in future. Hamed Abbasi, Talie Zarei, Neda Jalali Farahani, and Adeleh Granmayeh Rad Copyright © 2014 Hamed Abbasi et al. All rights reserved. An Optical Multicast Routing with Minimal Network Coding Operations in WDM Networks Thu, 10 Jul 2014 08:28:40 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijo/2014/693807/ Network coding can improve the optical multicast routing performance in terms of network throughput, bandwidth utilization, and traffic load balance. But network coding needs high encoding operations costs in all-optical WDM networks due to shortage of optical RAM. In the paper, the network coding operation is defined to evaluate the number of network coding operation cost in the paper. An optical multicast routing algorithm based on minimal number of network coding operations is proposed to improve the multicast capacity. Two heuristic criteria are designed to establish the multicast routing with low network coding cost and high multicast capacity. One is to select one path from the former shortest paths with the least probability of dropping the multicast maximal capacity. The other is to select the path with lowest potential coding operations with the highest link shared degree among the multiple wavelength disjoint paths cluster from source to each destination. Comparing with the other multicast routing based on network coding, simulation results show that the proposed multicast routing algorithm can effectively reduce the times of network coding operations, can improve the probability of reaching multicast maximal capacity, and can keep the less multicast routing link cost for optical WDM networks. Huanlin Liu, Qinren Shen, and Yong Chen Copyright © 2014 Huanlin Liu et al. All rights reserved. Optical Properties of Malachite Green Dye Doped SiO2 Glasses: Effect of Transition Metal (Fe-I) Used as a Codopant Thu, 22 May 2014 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijo/2014/865814/ Enhanced luminescence properties of Malachite Green (MG) (oxalate) in Fe-MG codoped SiO2 glasses compared to its values in MG doped SiO2 glasses are reported here. The enhancement is chiefly attributed to a resonance nonradiative energy transfer between Fe and MG. The quantum yield of Malachite Green (MG), in presence of Iron, trapped in sol-gel derived SiO2 glass increases by an order of ~103 compared to that in low viscous solvent while a lifetime of 3.29 ns is reported. Dulen Bora and Subrata Hazarika Copyright © 2014 Dulen Bora and Subrata Hazarika. All rights reserved. Devil’s Vortex Phase Structure as Frequency Plane Mask for Image Encryption Using the Fractional Mellin Transform Wed, 07 May 2014 10:09:58 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijo/2014/728056/ A frequency plane phase mask based on Devil’s vortex structure has been used for image encryption using the fractional Mellin transform. The phase key for decryption is obtained by an iterative phase retrieval algorithm. The proposed scheme has been validated for grayscale secret target images, by numerical simulation. The efficacy of the scheme has been evaluated by computing mean-squared-error between the secret target image and the decrypted image. Sensitivity analysis of the decryption process to variations in various encryption parameters has been carried out. The proposed encryption scheme has been seen to exhibit reasonable robustness against occlusion attack. Sunanda Vashisth, Hukum Singh, A. K. Yadav, and Kehar Singh Copyright © 2014 Sunanda Vashisth et al. All rights reserved. Optical Emission of the Nuclear-Induced Plasmas of Gas Mixtures Sun, 27 Apr 2014 12:00:01 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijo/2014/748763/ The characteristic properties of the inverted-population-forming processes in lasers with ionizing pumping are considered. Results obtained from research of active laser media concerning the p-s transitions of atoms of neon, mercury, and cadmium are presented. The feasibility of ion-ion recombination in lasers with nuclear pumping is discussed. The excitation kinetics of the first negative system of CO, heteronuclear ionic molecules of inert gases, and halogenides of inert gases under ionizing radiation are considered. Mendykhan U. Khasenov Copyright © 2014 Mendykhan U. Khasenov. All rights reserved. Ray Tracing Methods for Correcting Chromatic Aberrations in Imaging Systems Sun, 30 Mar 2014 08:29:30 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijo/2014/351584/ The correction of chromatic aberrations is typically performed using aberration formulas or by using real ray tracing. While the use of aberration formulas might be effective for some simple optical systems, it has limitations for complex and fast systems. For this reason chromatic aberration correction is usually accomplished with real ray tracing. However, existing optimization tools in lens design software typically mix the correction of monochromatic and chromatic aberrations by construction of an error function that minimizes both aberrations at the same time. This mixing makes the correction of one aberration type dependent on the correction of the other aberration type. We show two methods to separate the chromatic aberrations correction of a lens system. In the first method we use forward and reverse ray tracing and fictitious nondispersive glasses, to cancel the monochromatic aberration content and allow the ray tracing optimization to focus mainly on the color correction. On the second method we provide the algorithm for an error function that separates aberrations. Furthermore, we also demonstrate how these ray tracing methods can be applied to athermalize an optical system. We are unaware that these simple but effective methods have been already discussed in detail by other authors. Dmitry Reshidko, Masatsugu Nakanato, and José Sasián Copyright © 2014 Dmitry Reshidko et al. All rights reserved. Three Multiple-Pulse Operation States of an All-Normal-Dispersion Dissipative Soliton Fiber Laser Mon, 17 Mar 2014 09:18:11 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijo/2014/169379/ Multiple-pulse operation states of an all-normal-dispersion Yb-doped double-clad dissipative soliton fiber laser are investigated in this paper. The proposed laser can deliver harmonic mode-locked pulses, bound states of dissipative solitons, and dual-wavelength dual-pulses. Stable second-harmonic and third-harmonic mode-locked pulse trains are obtained with the output power of 1.39 W and 1.46 W, respectively, and the corresponding single pulse energies are 12.1 nJ and 8.5 nJ. With the adjustment of pump power and the wave plates, the fiber laser generates bound states of two or three dissipative solitons. Moreover, a dual-wavelength dual-pulse state is presented, where the output pulses from the nonlinear polarization rotation rejection port consists of the leading and trailing edges of the pulses circulating in the cavity. Liqiang Zhang, Zhiyong Pan, Zhuang Zhuo, and Yunzheng Wang Copyright © 2014 Liqiang Zhang et al. All rights reserved. Synthesis and Photoluminescence Study of Bi3+ and Pb2+ Activated Ca3(BO3)2 Thu, 13 Feb 2014 14:25:31 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijo/2014/418459/ The photoluminescence properties of Pb2+ and Bi3+ doped Ca3(BO3)2 prepared by solution combustion synthesis technique are discussed. The structure of the prepared phosphor is characterized and conformed by XRD and FTIR. SEM images of the prepared materials show irregular grains with agglomerate phenomena. Prepared phosphors achieved the band emissions, respectively, at 365 nm and 335 nm corresponding to the transition . Optimum concentration, critical transfer distance, and Stokes shift of the synthesized materials were measured. These phosphors may provide an efficient kind of luminescent materials for various applications in medical and industry. A. B. Gawande, R. P. Sonekar, and S. K. Omanwar Copyright © 2014 A. B. Gawande et al. All rights reserved. Determination of the Size of Irregular Particles Using Interferometric Out-of-Focus Imaging Thu, 09 Jan 2014 11:19:34 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijo/2014/143904/ We present a mathematical formalism to predict speckle-like interferometric out-of-focus patterns created by irregular scattering objects. We describe the objects by an ensemble of Dirac emitters. We show that it is not necessary to describe rigorously the scattering properties of an elliptical irregular object to predict some physical properties of the interferometric out-of-focus pattern. The fit of the central peak of the 2D autocorrelation of the pattern allows the prediction of the size of the scattering element. The method can be applied to particles in a size range from a tenth of micrometers to the millimeter. Marc Brunel, Huanhuan Shen, Sébastien Coëtmellec, Gérard Gréhan, and Tony Delobel Copyright © 2014 Marc Brunel et al. All rights reserved. Enhancement of Photon Absorption on Thin-Film Semiconductor Using Photonic Crystal Thu, 09 Jan 2014 09:24:36 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijo/2014/534145/ Enhancement of photon absorption on barium strontium titanate () thin-film semiconductor for mole fraction , 0.35, 0.45, and 0.55 using one-dimensional photonic crystal with defect was investigated experimentally. The thin film was grown on transparent conductive oxide (TCO) substrate using chemical solution deposition method and annealed at 500°C for 15 hours with increasing rate of 1.6°C/min. From optical characterization in visible spectrum it was found that the average absorption percentages are 92.04%, 83.55%, 91.16%, and 80.12%, respectively. The BST thin film with embedded photonic crystal exhibited a relatively significant enhancement on photon absorption, with increasing value of 3.96%, 7.07%, 3.04%, and 13.33% for the respective mole fraction and demonstrating absorbance characteristic with flat feature. In addition, we also discuss the thin-film properties of attenuation constant and electrical conductivity. Abd. Wahidin Nuayi, Husin Alatas, Irzaman S. Husein, and Mamat Rahmat Copyright © 2014 Abd. Wahidin Nuayi et al. All rights reserved. Preparation and Characterization of (Au/n-Sn/Si/Si/Al) MIS Device for Optoelectronic Application Sat, 28 Dec 2013 15:48:05 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijo/2013/756402/ SnO2 thin films were prepared by using rapid thermal oxidation (RTO) of Sn at oxidation temperature 873 K and oxidation time 90 sec on semiconductor n-type and p-type silicon substrate. In order to characterize the prepared device, the electrical properties have been measured which revealed that the barrier height is greatly depended on interfacial layer thickness (SiO2). The value of peak response (n-SnO2/SiO2/n-Si) device was 0.16 A/W which is greater than that of (n-SnO2/SiO2/p-Si) device whose value was 0.12 A/W, while the rise time was found to be shorter. Marwa Abdul Muhsien, Evan T. Salem, and Ibrahim R. Agool Copyright © 2013 Marwa Abdul Muhsien et al. All rights reserved. Pulse Propagation in Presence of Polarization Mode Dispersion and Chromatic Dispersion in Single Mode Fibers Wed, 11 Dec 2013 08:08:57 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijo/2013/345154/ The presence of (first and second orders) polarization mode dispersion (PMD), chromatic dispersion, and initial chirp makes effects on the propagated pulses in single mode fiber. Nowadays, there is not an accurate mathematical formula that describes the pulse shape in the presence of these effects. In this work, a theoretical study is introduced to derive a generalized formula. This formula is exactly approached to mathematical relations used in their special cases. The presence of second-order PMD (SOPMD) will not affect the orthogonality property between the principal states of polarization. The simulation results explain that the interaction of the SOPMD components with the conventional effects (chromatic dispersion and chirp) will cause a broadening/narrowing and shape distortion. This changes depend on the specified values of SOPMD components as well as the present conventional parameters. Hassan Abid Yasser and Nizar Salim Shnan Copyright © 2013 Hassan Abid Yasser and Nizar Salim Shnan. All rights reserved. Ultrabroadband, Midinfrared Supercontinuum Generation in Dispersion Engineered As2Se3-Based Chalcogenide Photonic Crystal Fibers Sun, 08 Dec 2013 13:44:46 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijo/2013/876474/ Small core As2Se3-based photonic crystal fibers (PCFs) are accurately characterized for compact, high power, ultrabroadband, and coherent supercontinuum generation within few millimeters fiber length. Bandwidths of ~5.3 μm, 5 μm, and 3.2 μm were calculated for hole-to-hole spacings 3.5 μm, 4.5 μm, and 5.5 μm, respectively. The spectral broadening in the chalcogenide PCF is mainly caused by self-phase modulation and Raman-induced soliton self-frequency shift. The results show that small core As2Se3 PCFs are a promising candidate for mid-IR SCG up to ~8 μm. Rim Cherif and Mourad Zghal Copyright © 2013 Rim Cherif and Mourad Zghal. All rights reserved. Relativity and the Tunneling Problem in a “Reduced” Waveguide Mon, 18 Nov 2013 10:30:31 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijo/2013/947068/ Wave packets are considered as solutions of the Maxwell equations in a reduced waveguide exhibiting tunneling due to a stepwise change of the index of refraction. We discuss several concepts of “tunneling time” during the propagation of an electromagnetic pulse and analyze their compatibility with standard relativity. Eckehard W. Mielke and Miguel A. Marquina Carmona Copyright © 2013 Eckehard W. Mielke and Miguel A. Marquina Carmona. All rights reserved. Spectral Intensity Variation by the Correlation Function of Refractive Index Fluctuations of the Liquid Medium Tue, 24 Sep 2013 08:56:52 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijo/2013/525142/ It is proposed that a macroscopic theory of propagation and scattering of light through random media can be functional for the dye liquid flowing media in the microscopic levels too, with modest approximations. Maxwell’s equation for a random refractive index medium is approximated and solved for the electric field. An analytical expression for the spectral intensity of the field scattered by the refractive index fluctuations inside a medium has been derived which was valid within the first Born approximation. Far field spectral intensity variation of the radiation propagating through the liquid medium is a consequence of variation in correlation function of the refractive index inhomogeneities. The strength of radiation scattered in a particular direction depends on the spatial correlation function of the refractive index fluctuations of the medium. An attempt is made to explain some of the experimentally observed spectral intensity variations, particularly dye emission propagation through liquid flowing medium, in the presence of thermal and flow field. Nageshwar Singh Copyright © 2013 Nageshwar Singh. All rights reserved. Spatial-Frequency Azimuthally Stable Cartography of Biological Polycrystalline Networks Thu, 12 Sep 2013 15:05:07 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijo/2013/683174/ A new azimuthally stable polarimetric technique processing microscopic images of optically anisotropic structures of biological tissues histological sections is proposed. It has been used as a generalized model of phase anisotropy definition of biological tissues by using superposition of Mueller matrices of linear birefringence and optical activity. The matrix element has been chosen as the main information parameter, whose value is independent of the rotation angle of both sample and probing beam polarization plane. For the first time, the technique of concerted spatial-frequency filtration has been used in order to separate the manifestation of linear birefringence and optical activity. Thereupon, the method of azimuthally stable spatial-frequency cartography of biological tissues histological sections has been elaborated. As the analyzing tool, complex statistic, correlation, and fractal analysis of coordinate distributions of element has been performed. The possibility of using the biopsy of the uterine wall tissue in order to differentiate benign (fibromyoma) and malignant (adenocarcinoma) conditions has been estimated. V. A. Ushenko, N. D. Pavlyukovich, and L. Trifonyuk Copyright © 2013 V. A. Ushenko et al. All rights reserved. Laser Coherence Meter Based on Nanostructured Liquid Crystals Thu, 22 Aug 2013 10:40:59 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijo/2013/287506/ We present the method for coherence length measurement using coherence meter based on hybrid liquid crystal structures doped with gold nanoparticles. The results indicate that the method is able to determine the coherence length of coherent light sources with precision of 0.01 m at wavelength range from 200 to 800 nm for wide range of initial beam powers starting from 1 mW. Given the increasing use of laser technology in industry, military, or medicine, our research may open up a possible route for the development of improved techniques of coherent diagnostic light sources. A. Anczykowska, S. Bartkiewicz, and J. Mysliwiec Copyright © 2013 A. Anczykowska et al. All rights reserved. Development of Sandglass Shape FBG Sensor to Reduce Cross Sensitivity Effect Thu, 13 Jun 2013 09:53:34 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijo/2013/636987/ Fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensors have received considerable attention in applications of temperature, axial strain, and transverse pressure measurement. However, the cross-sensitivity of strain and temperature measurement is the key problem of FBG sensors. In this paper, a sandglass shape FBG is proposed to divide cross-sensitivity of temperature and transverse pressure. The principle and structure of sandglass FBG are introduced, and the experiment results show cross-sensitivity avoidable in the transverse pressure sensor. Bo Zhang Copyright © 2013 Bo Zhang. All rights reserved. Zeeman Effect of Sm Atoms by High-Resolution Diode-Laser Spectroscopy Mon, 20 May 2013 19:30:42 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijo/2013/213684/ High-resolution atomic-beam diode-laser spectroscopy in Sm I has been performed. Zeeman spectra have been measured for the three optical transitions at different external magnetic fields and well resolved at the magnetic fields of stronger than 6.0 mT. Using the known precise Landé -factors of the ground multiplet, the Landé -factors of the upper 4f66s6p   and levels have been determined, and their precision has been improved compared with the reference values. Wei-Guo Jin and Tatsuya Minowa Copyright © 2013 Wei-Guo Jin and Tatsuya Minowa. All rights reserved. Generation of Bessel Surface Plasmon Polaritons in a Finite-Thickness Metal Film Wed, 24 Apr 2013 16:21:40 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijo/2013/253692/ A theory of generation of low- and high-index Bessel surface plasmon polaritons and their superposition in a metal film of a finite thickness is developed. Correct analytical expressions are obtained for the field of two families of Bessel surface plasmon polariton modes formed inside and outside the metal layer. The intensity distribution near the boundary of the layer has been calculated and analyzed. A scheme for the experimental realization of a superposition of Bessel surface plasmon polaritons is suggested. Our study demonstrates that it is feasible to use the superposition of Bessel surface plasmon polaritons as a virtual tip for near-field optical microscopy with a nanoscale resolution. S. N. Kurilkina, V. N. Belyi, and N. S. Kazak Copyright © 2013 S. N. Kurilkina et al. All rights reserved. Insight into PMD Regimes: An Analysis on Buried Optical Fibres Thu, 11 Apr 2013 18:00:24 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijo/2013/367967/ Polarization mode dispersion (PMD) field measurements on deployed buried fibres showed that the PMD variation over the 1520 to 1570 nm wavelength was stochastic. The PMD variation over the 98-hour period for each wavelength was directional and limited; they are due to the presence of random mode coupling along the fibre length and limited influence from extrinsic perturbations over time, respectively. PMD variation in the wavelength domain showed that the mean first-order PMD (FO-PMD) value is independent of whether the FO-PMD statistics of a fibre link approaches the Maxwellian theoretical distribution; the key factor is sufficient random mode coupling. The accompanying second-order PMD (SO-PMD) statistics, with FO-PMD statistics approaching Maxwellian, followed the PDF given by Foschini et al. (1999). The FO- and SO-PMD statistics at a given wavelength gave nonstochastic PMD distributions with time. Winston T. Ireeta, Vitalis Musara, Lorinda Wu, and Andrew W. R. Leitch Copyright © 2013 Winston T. Ireeta et al. All rights reserved. Nanoplasmonics and Metamaterials Sun, 30 Dec 2012 08:30:08 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijo/2012/740487/ Zhaolin Lu, Xiaoyue Huang, Mark Mirotznik, Georgios Veronis, and Qiwen Zhan Copyright © 2012 Zhaolin Lu et al. All rights reserved. Advances in Lasers and Optical Amplifiers: Materials, Components, and Systems Mon, 10 Dec 2012 10:38:42 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijo/2012/807052/ Francesco Prudenzano, Frédéric Smektala, and Luciano Mescia Copyright © 2012 Francesco Prudenzano et al. All rights reserved. Bottom-Up Abstract Modelling of Optical Networks-on-Chip: From Physical to Architectural Layer Thu, 22 Nov 2012 10:11:51 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijo/2012/902849/ This work presents a bottom-up abstraction procedure based on the design-flow FDTD + SystemC suitable for the modelling of optical Networks-on-Chip. In this procedure, a complex network is decomposed into elementary switching elements whose input-output behavior is described by means of scattering parameters models. The parameters of each elementary block are then determined through 2D-FDTD simulation, and the resulting analytical models are exported within functional blocks in SystemC environment. The inherent modularity and scalability of the -matrix formalism are preserved inside SystemC, thus allowing the incremental composition and successive characterization of complex topologies typically out of reach for full-vectorial electromagnetic simulators. The consistency of the outlined approach is verified, in the first instance, by performing a SystemC analysis of a four-input, four-output ports switch and making a comparison with the results of 2D-FDTD simulations of the same device. Finally, a further complex network encompassing 160 microrings is investigated, the losses over each routing path are calculated, and the minimum amount of power needed to guarantee an assigned BER is determined. This work is a basic step in the direction of an automatic technology-aware network-level simulation framework capable of assembling complex optical switching fabrics, while at the same time assessing the practical feasibility and effectiveness at the physical/technological level. Alberto Parini, Luca Ramini, Fabio Lanzoni, Gaetano Bellanca, and Davide Bertozzi Copyright © 2012 Alberto Parini et al. All rights reserved. New Trends in Amplifiers and Sources via Chalcogenide Photonic Crystal Fibers Thu, 22 Nov 2012 09:27:45 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijo/2012/575818/ Rare-earth-doped chalcogenide glass fiber lasers and amplifiers have great applicative potential in many fields since they are key elements in the near and medium-infrared (mid-IR) wavelength range. In this paper, a review, even if not exhaustive, on amplification and lasing obtained by employing rare-earth-doped chalcogenide photonic crystal fibers is reported. Materials, devices, and feasible applications in the mid-IR are briefly mentioned. L. Mescia, F. Smektala, and F. Prudenzano Copyright © 2012 L. Mescia et al. All rights reserved.