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  • Vol. 31, Iss. 26 — Sep. 10, 1992
  • pp: 5431–5446

Experimental investigation of a free-space optical switching network by using symmetric self-electro-optic-effect devices

F. B. McCormick, F. A. P. Tooley, T. J. Cloonan, J. L. Brubaker, A. L. Lentine, R. L. Morrison, S. J. Hinterlong, M. J. Herron, S. L. Walker, and J. M. Sasian  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 31, Issue 26, pp. 5431-5446 (1992)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.31.005431


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Abstract

A prototype digital free-space photonic switching fabric is demonstrated. It consists of three cascaded 16 × 8 arrays of symmetric self-electro-optic-effect devices that are used as logic gates that implement part of a multistage interconnection network. We discuss architecture, device tolerancing, optical system design, and optomechanical design. This optical circuit is successfully configured as a fully operational array of 32 independent 2 × 2 nodes and operates at 100 kHz.

© 1992 Optical Society of America

History
Original Manuscript: April 9, 1991
Published: September 10, 1992

Citation
F. B. McCormick, F. A. P. Tooley, T. J. Cloonan, J. L. Brubaker, A. L. Lentine, R. L. Morrison, S. J. Hinterlong, M. J. Herron, S. L. Walker, and J. M. Sasian, "Experimental investigation of a free-space optical switching network by using symmetric self-electro-optic-effect devices," Appl. Opt. 31, 5431-5446 (1992)
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