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There are currently 9 terms in this directory beginning with the letter O.
Open Optical Networking
The network paradigm in which telecom operators are not "locked-in" to a specific vendor and can instead build their networks with parts from different vendors. Achieving this requires the use of common standards and open software interfaces that can work with equipment of different vendors.

Optical Amplifier
An optical device that amplifies an optical signal with the help of an electrical pumping current.

Optical Engine
The part of an optical transceiver that handles the generation, modulation, and detecting of light.

Optical Fiber
A flexible, transparent fiber made by drawing pure glass (silica) or plastic into a diameter slightly thicker than a human hair.

Optical Losses
The inherent weakening of an optical signal as it passes through a transmission medium like air or fiber. It varies depending on the material used.

Optical Modulator
A device that imposes a lower-frequency signal (the information) into an optical carrier signal for the purposes of transmission through optical fiber.

Optical Network
The layer of a network that is composed of optical components.

Optical System-On-Chip
Integrating every optical function (including laser, amplifier modulator, detector) on a single chip. This can increase the efficiency of the optical engine and make it easier to mass produce.

Optical Transceiver
An optical communications device that sends an receives signal via optical fiber.