We present the design of a 12 × 12 photonic crossbar interconnection network constructed using a single three-dimensional acousto-optic crystal. Previous crossbars based on bulk acousto-optic cells require multichannel deflectors with one deflector per optical input; in contrast the design presented here angularly multiplexes these independent deflectors into a single-transducer acousto-optic device. A Fourier-optics analysis of an acoustically lossy Bragg deflector is coupled to a momentum-space analysis that permits the derivation of complete design equations for the switch. As a concrete example, the complete design of a 12 × 12 crossbar is presented. Finally, a coupled-mode analysis of the first- and second-order diffractions in the angularly multiplexed Bragg cell reveals the fundamental efficiency bounds of the switching network.
© 1996 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: January 16, 1996
Revised Manuscript: May 3, 1996
Published: November 10, 1996
Robert R. McLeod, Kuang-yi Wu, Kelvin Wagner, and Robert T. Weverka, "Acousto-optic photonic crossbar switch. Part I: design," Appl. Opt. 35, 6331-6353 (1996)