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Exploring the Potential of VCSEL Technology for Agile and High Capacity Optical Metro Networks

Svaluto Moreolo, Michela; Fàbrega, Josep Maria; Nadal, Laia; Vílchez, F. Javier

In this paper, vertical cavity surface emitting laser (VCSEL) technology is presented as potential prominent performer to address key challenges and novel functionalities of future optical metro networks. The adoption of VCSEL-based modules is particularly attractive for the implementation of programmable (SDN-enabled) transceiver architectures, targeting a radical reduction of cost, power consumption and footprint. Different flavours of these architectures are presented to enable agile, scalable and high capacity optical metro networks. Furthermore, advanced functionalities and programmability aspects are analysed to explore the potential of adopting solutions based on this technology.

Grant numbers : This work has been partially supported by the Spanish DESTELLO project (TEC2015-69256-R).© 2018 IEEE. Personal use of this material is permitted. Permission from IEEE must be obtained for all other uses, in any current or future media, including reprinting/republishing this material for advertising or promotional purposes, creating new collective works, for resale or redistribution to servers or lists, or reuse of any copyrighted component of this work in other works.
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