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Title: Alternative structures for two-dimensional MEMS optical switches [Invited]
Authors: Li, On-Kwok Victor
Li, Chun Yin
Wai, Ping-kong Alexander
Subjects: Buffers
Couplers
Routers
Switches
Multiplexers
Micro-optical devices
Issue Date: 1-Oct-2004
Publisher: Optical Society of America
Citation: Journal of optical networking, 1 Oct. 2004, v. 3, no. 10, p. 742-757.
Abstract: Two-dimensional (2-D) microelectromechanical system (MEMS) optical switches have the merits of easy fabrication and high reliability. Since the optical signal loss is mainly proportional to the length of signaling paths in the switches, current 2-D MEMS optical switches that use a crossbar structure have a rather limited number of ports. For larger 2-D MEMS optical switches, we may use nonrectangular topology switching fabrics to shorten the internal signaling path or to recollimate the optical signal segment by segment inside the switches. We discuss these approaches from the aspect of implementation and routing control complexity.
Description: DOI: 10.1364/JON.3.000742
Rights: © 2004 Optical Society of America. This paper was published in Journal of Optical Networking and is made available as an electronic reprint with the permission of OSA. The paper can be found at the following URL on the OSA website: http://www.opticsinfobase.org/jocn/abstract.cfm?uri=jon-3-10-742. Systematic or multiple reproduction or distribution to multiple locations via electronic or other means is prohibited and is subject to penalties under law.
Type: Journal/Magazine Article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/4365
ISSN: 1536-5379
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