We further extend the capability of a polymer-fiber-image-guide-(PFIG-) based optical circuit from a pure point-to-point interconnect scheme to a general-purpose optical network with data-branching capabilities. Two-dimensional array data can be inserted and taken away at free-space add–drop nodes, which are implemented with free-space minioptical components. A four-node hybrid circuit with PFIG’s to transmit bit-parallel data and free-space components to perform add–drop is experimentally demonstrated.
© 1999 Optical Society of America
Jun Ai and Yao Li, "Polymer Fiber Image Guide Optical Circuits that Incorporate Free-Space Add-Drop Components," Appl. Opt. 38, 6167-6175 (1999)