Development on Guided-Wave Switch Arrays

Hirochika NAKAJIMA  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E82-B   No.2   pp.349-356
Publication Date: 1999/02/25
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Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: INVITED PAPER (Joint Special Issue on Photonics in Switching: Systems and Devices)
Category: Photonic Switching Devices
photonic switch,  waveguide,  optical switch,  matrix switch,  integrated optics,  LiNbO3,  polymer waveguide,  PLC,  space switch,  optical cross connect,  fiber attachment,  optical packaging,  non-strictly blocking,  optical communication,  directional coupler,  balanced bridge,  Mach-Zehnder,  digital switch,  

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State of the arts on guided-wave optical switch arrays are reviewed. In this paper, electro-optic Ti:LiNbO3 devices are mainly described in comparison with crosspoint switch element structures and switch array architectures. Packaging technologies and stability problems are discussed for practical system applications. Recent development on other materials such as semiconductor waveguides, thermo-optic glass/polymer waveguides are also reviewed briefly.