Arrayed 1 N Switch for Wavelength Routing

Hideaki OKAYAMA  Toru ARAI  Taiji TSURUOKA  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Electronics   Vol.E83-C    No.6    pp.920-926
Publication Date: 2000/06/25
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Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Issue on Advanced Optical Devices for Next Generation High-Speed Communication Systems and Photonic Networks)
Category: Switches and Novel Devices
optical switch,  switch matrix,  waveguide,  LiNbO3,  

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The 1 4 optical switch array for wavelength division multiplexing system has been demonstrated where four 14 waveguide digital optical switches have been integrated into one chip. Tape fiber is used as the connection between switch modules to avoid an interconnection fiber jungle. The architecture can be adapted to any number of wavelength channels. Redundant optical switch stage for crosstalk rejection has been used to attain a low crosstalk level. Electro-optic switching is used to attain low power consumption indispensable for routing large wavelength channels.