BRITISH TELECOM RESEARCH LABS IPSWICH (UNITED KINGDOM)
Quantum theory, as normally formulated, describes systems enclosed in an artificial box through its time evolution. In some systems, such as a laser, the box may be a physical element such as a cavity. In optical fibre communications the situation is somewhat different. The optical field is continuously generated by a source such as a laser. Once generated the field propagates along an optical fibre and is detected in some form of receiver at the far end.
This article is from 'OSA Proceedings of the Topical Meeting on Nonlinear Guided-Wave Phenomena Held in 2-4 September 1991. Cambridge, England United Kingdom. Volume 15', AD-A253 471, p64-67.