Publication IEICE TRANSACTIONS on ElectronicsVol.E95-CNo.2pp.213-217 Publication Date: 2012/02/01 Online ISSN: 1745-1353 DOI: 10.1587/transele.E95.C.213 Print ISSN: 0916-8516 Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Section on Photonic Devices using Nanofabrication Technology and Their Applications) Category: Keyword: optical packet switching, optical switch, tunable prism, beam deflection,
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Summary: We propose a novel 13 planar optical switch using aspheric lenses and carrier-induced tunable prisms on InP. An input light beam is collimated by the aspheric lenses in a slab waveguide. The tunable prism, whose refractive indices are tuned by the carrier plasma effect, deflect the collimated light beam and guide it to the output ports. The switching operations of the 13 optical switch that consists of five lenses and eight prisms with a footprint of 5003500 µm are performed by three-dimensional beam propagation methods. A static switching operation with a 5-dB insertion loss and a 13-dB extinction ratio is obtained with 70-mA current injection for each prism. This device has a simple structure and low power consumption and may be useful for optical packet switching systems.