A polarization-based 4 × 4 optical interconnection network using surface stabilized ferroelectric liquid crystal (SSFLC) gates is demonstrated. The SSFLC gates are comprised of an SSFLC device sandwiched between two polarizing beam splitters. Optical crosstalk using these fast switching programmable devices can be limited to ~−20 dB/gate, which would allow 2-D interconnection networks to be fabricated with thirty-one input channels and 3-D interconnection networks with approximately 225 input channels.
© 1988 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: October 20, 1987
Published: May 1, 1988
Kristina M. Johnson, Marc R. Surette, and Joseph Shamir, "Optical interconnection network using polarization-based ferroelectric liquid crystal gates," Appl. Opt. 27, 1727-1733 (1988)