The switch uses a V-grooved connecting device. The mechanism is suitable for a large switch, which is desirable for an optical switching system. A moving fiber is inserted into one of the radially arranged V grooves using the elastic bending force as the drive current. The insertion condition, which realizes stable connection and high durability, is discussed. Switch structure and experimental results are described. Insertion loss was 0.33 dB, and the variation in transmissivity was 3%.
© 1978 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: April 21, 1978
Published: November 15, 1978
Hisao Yamamoto and Haruo Ogiwara, "Moving optical-fiber switch experiment," Appl. Opt. 17, 3675-3678 (1978)