Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


School of Engineering and Mathematics


Faculty of Computing, Health and Science

First Advisor

Professor Kamran Eshraghian

Second Advisor

Associate Professor Kamal Alameh


The tremendous expansion of telecommunication services in the past decade, in part due to the growth of the Internet, has made the development of high-bandwidth optical net-works a focus of research interest. The implementation of Dense-Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) optical fiber transmission systems has the potential to meet this demand. However, crucial components of DWDM networks – add/drop multiplexers, filters, gain equalizers as well as interconnects between optical channels – are currently not implemented as dynamically reconfigurable devices. Electronic cross-connects, the traditional solution to the reconfigurable optical networks, are increasingly not feasible due to the rapidly increasing bandwidth of the optical channels. Thus, optically transparent, dynamically reconfigurable DWDM components are important for alleviating the bottleneck in telecommunication systems of the future. In this study, we develop a promising class of Opto-VLSI based devices, including a dynamic multi-function WDM processor, combining the functions of optical filter, channel equalizer and add-drop multiplexer, as well as a reconfigurable optical power splitter. We review the technological options for all optical WDM components and compare their advantages and disadvantages. We develop a model for designing Opto-VLSI based WDM devices, and demonstrate experimentally the Opto-VLSI multi-function WDM device. Finally, we discuss the feasibility of Opto-VLSI WDM components in meeting the stringent requirements of the optical communications industry.