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Journal of Optical Communications

Editor In Chief: Ralf Th. Kersten
Editorial Board: Ishwar Aggarwal, M.C. Amann, Massimo Artiglia, John Ballato, J.M.H. Elmirghani, Rainer Fechner, Hiroo Kanamori, Kurt Lösch and Michel Papuchon
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This is the journal for all scientists working in optical communications. Journal of Optical Communications was the first international publication covering all fields of optical communications with guided waves. It is the aim of the journal to serve all scientists engaged in optical communications as a comprehensive journal tailored to their needs and as a forum for their publications. The journal focuses on the main fields in optical communications (see “Topics”).

  • Optical communications with guided waves
  • Fibers: Theory of single-/ multimode step-/ graded-index fibers; theory of properties (dispersion, attenuation, etc.); manufacturing; materials; splicing and coupling; experimental results and measurements of parameters (attenuation, bandwidth, profile, mode- mixing, strength, etc.)
  • Cables: Production methods; construction; measurements and results on test links; theory on influence of cabling to fibers; splicing and coupling; economic aspects; undersea-cables
  • Sources: Technology of ternary and quaternary III-V compounds for LED and laser; theory; material research; measurements on behaviour and life-span; new experimental methods; coupling to fibers; new structures
  • Detectors: Technology of all kind of detectors; new devices and structures; theory (especially on noise, multiplication and bandwidth); test procedures; experimental results; coupling with fibers
  • Measurements and standards: Problem of standards for measurements and data sheets; investigation of test procedures; system standardization of elements (i.e. dimensions)
  • Systems: Theory of system configuration, modulation methods (digital, multilevel, analogue); comparison between different systems; influence of elements on system behaviour; reports on test links; system properties (theoretical/experimental); system description and measurements
  • Applications: Long distance links; high-bit-rate communication; databus-systems; CATV; special applications
  • Integrated optics: Theory and experiments of integrated optical wave-guides (monomode, multimode) concerning optical communications/ as couplers, distributors, exchange elements, splitters, unidirectional elements; new technologies; materials (i.e. dielectrics, semiconductors); measurement-techniques; new devices

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Original research articles on each of sections outlined

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Previously published by Schiele & Schön GmbH, Berlin.

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Volume 41 (2020): Issue 2 (Apr 2020)


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  • Only unpublished material can be accepted, and authors may not republish their paper in the same or similar form
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Hybrid Open Access

For complete details on hybrid open access publishing at De Gruyter please see: https://www.degruyter.com/page/560

Effective 1st January 2016, authors from an institution affiliated with either the Association of Dutch Universities (VSNU), the Consortium of Swiss Academic Libraries or some UK libraries participating in the Jisc Collections SMP may publish primary research and review articles open access in any of De Gruyter’s OnlineOpen journals at a discount of 90% of the APC price. For more information and to confirm whether your institution is eligible please see the following:

The Netherlands: https://www.degruyter.com/page/1461
The UK: https://www.degruyter.com/page/1462
Switzerland:  https://www.degruyter.com/page/1463

Prof. Dr. Ralf Th. Kersten; Grenzhammer 10, 98693 Ilmenau; Ralf.Kersten@neuroConn.de

Editorial Board
Dr. Ishwar Aggarwal; Naval Research Laboratory; Washington, DC, U.S.A.; ish.aggarwal@nrl.navy.mil
Prof. Dr. Rui M. Almeida; INESC, Lisboa, Portugal; rui.almeida@ist.utl.pt
Prof. Dr. M.-C. Amann; TU München, Garching, Germany; Mcamann@wsi.tum.de
Dr. Massimo Artiglia; Consorzio Ricerche Elaborazione Commutazione Ottica Milano (CORECOM); R&D Optical Fiber; Milano, Italy; massimo.artiglia@pirelli.com
Prof. Dr. John Ballato; Clemson University School of Materials; Science Engineering; Anderson, SC, U. S. A.; jballat@clemson.edu
Prof. Dr. J. M. H. Elmirghanil; School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Leeds, Leeds; Great Britain; J.M.H.Elmirghani@swansea.ac.uk
Dr.-Ing. Rainer Fechner; Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs, Stuttgart; Germany
Prof. Dr. Kazuo Hotate; The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan; hotate@sagnac.t.u-tokyo.ac.jp
Dr. Hiroo Kanamori; Optical Communications R&D Laboratories; Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.; Yokohama, Japan; kanamori-hiroo@sei.co.jp
Dr. Kurt Lösch; Bell Labs Germany, Alcatel-Lucent Deutschland GmbH; kurt.loesch@alcatel-lucent.de
Prof. Bishnu P. Pal; Professor and Head of Physics Department, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi; New Delhi, India; bppal@physics.iitd.ernet.in
Dr. Michel Papuchon; TCO Thomson CSF; Guyancourt, France; michel.papuchon@tco.thomson-csf.com
Prof. Dr. Thomas Pearsall; European Photonics Industry Consortiu (EPIC); Paris, France; pearsall@epic-assoc.com
Prof. Dr. Ning Hua Zhu; Institute of Semiconductors, Chinese Academy of Sciences; Beijing, China; nhzhu@semi.ac.cn

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