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Journal of Lightwave Technology


  • Vol. 30, Iss. 23 — Dec. 1, 2012
  • pp: 3736–3741

A Universal Method for Constructing N-Port Nonblocking Optical Router for Photonic Networks-On-Chip

Rui Min, Ruiqiang Ji, Qiaoshan Chen, Lei Zhang, and Lin Yang

Journal of Lightwave Technology, Vol. 30, Issue 23, pp. 3736-3741 (2012)

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We propose a universal method for constructing N-port nonblocking optical routers based on microring resonators. The topologies for five-, six-, seven-, and eight-port nonblocking optical routers are presented. As a case study, we compare the five-port optical router constructed by our method with the previously reported ones. The simulation results show that the mesh photonic network constructed by the proposed five-port optical routers has low insertion loss and high optical signal-to-noise ratio. Moreover, high-radix optical routers can be easily constructed by the proposed method, which can support more complicated and efficient network.

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Rui Min, Ruiqiang Ji, Qiaoshan Chen, Lei Zhang, and Lin Yang, "A Universal Method for Constructing N-Port Nonblocking Optical Router for Photonic Networks-On-Chip," J. Lightwave Technol. 30, 3736-3741 (2012)

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