In the present study, the bandwidth of a photonic switch described previously [Appl. Opt. <b>37</b>, 2296 (1998); <b>38</b>, 3239 (1999)] is evaluated. First the optical bandwidth is evaluated for coupling between two fiber-core waveguides, in which the cores are embedded within the same cladding. Then the coupling bandwidth is determined for a fiber-core-to-slab-core waveguide, in which the cores are embedded within the same cladding. These bandwidths are then compared and contrasted with the bandwidths of the photonic switch, which consists of two fiber cores and a control waveguide. Two configurations of the photonic switch are considered: one in which the control waveguide is a fiber core and one in which the control waveguide is a slab core. For the photonic switch, the bandwidth characteristics are more complicated than for the coupled pairs, and these characteristics are discussed in detail.
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(060.0060) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics and optical communications
(060.1810) Fiber optics and optical communications : Buffers, couplers, routers, switches, and multiplexers
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(230.0230) Optical devices : Optical devices
Alfred E. Attard, "Optical Bandwidth in Coupling: The Multicore Photonic Switch," Appl. Opt. 42, 2665-2673 (2003)