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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Vol. 35, Iss. 32 — Nov. 10, 1996
  • pp: 6365–6368

4 × 4 vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) and metal–semiconductor–metal (MSM) optical backplane demonstrator system

D. V. Plant, B. Robertson, H. S. Hinton, M. H. Ayliffe, G. C. Boisset, W. Hsiao, D. Kabal, N. H. Kim, Y. S. Liu, M. R. Otazo, D. Pavlasek, A. Z. Shang, J. Simmons, K. Song, D. A. Thompson, and W. M. Robertson  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 35, Issue 32, pp. 6365-6368 (1996)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.35.006365


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Abstract

We describe a system demonstrator based on vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers, metal–semiconductor–metal detectors, printed circuit board (PCB) level optoelectronic device packaging, a compact bulk optical relay, and novel barrel/PCB optomechanics. The entire system was constructed in a standard VME electrical backplane chassis and was capable of operating at >1.7 Gbit/s of aggregate data capacity. In addition to the component technologies developed, we describe operational testing and characterization of the demonstrator.

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History
Original Manuscript: March 25, 1996
Published: November 10, 1996

Citation
D. V. Plant, B. Robertson, H. S. Hinton, M. H. Ayliffe, G. C. Boisset, W. Hsiao, D. Kabal, N. H. Kim, Y. S. Liu, M. R. Otazo, D. Pavlasek, A. Z. Shang, J. Simmons, K. Song, D. A. Thompson, and W. M. Robertson, "4 × 4 vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) and metal–semiconductor–metal (MSM) optical backplane demonstrator system," Appl. Opt. 35, 6365-6368 (1996)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-35-32-6365


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