Phased-Array-Based Photonic Integrated Circuits for Wavelength Division Multiplexing Applications

Meint K. SMIT

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Electronics   Vol.E80-C    No.5    pp.646-653
Publication Date: 1997/05/25
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Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: Special Section INVITED PAPER (Special Issue on Photonic Integrated Circuits)
Category: Semiconductor Devices, Circuits and Processing
photonic integrated circuit,  wavelength division multiplexing,  phased array,  

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Wavelength Division Multiplexing (WDM) technology provides many options to the design of flexible alloptical networks. To exploit these options to their full potential, Photonic Integrated Circuits (PICs) for wavelength routing and switching will be indispensable. One of the basic building blocks of such PICs is the planar phased-array (PHASAR) wavelength demultiplexer. The monolithic integration of PHASARs with photodetectors, amplifiers, and other waveguide-based (passive) components is discussed.