A new concept for a highway switch, which can be used to connect different optical wavelength division multiplexing data highways for data exchange, is proposed and the system relevant properties are outlined. For the required add–drop filter elements we used ring resonators. Typical characteristics of channel bandwidth, channel spacing, free spectral range, amplification, and cross-talk behavior of a highway switch with double-cavity ring resonators are basically examined and to some extent compared with solutions that were obtained with standard single-ring resonators. A signal flow chart transformation for evaluating filter transfer functions is presented.
© 1996 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: July 11, 1995
Revised Manuscript: February 29, 1996
Published: October 20, 1996
W. Weiershausen and R. Zengerle, "Photonic highway switches based on ring resonators used as frequency-selective components," Appl. Opt. 35, 5967-5978 (1996)