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Journal of Optical Communications and Networking

  • Editor: Richard A. Linke
  • Vol. 3, Iss. 10 — Oct. 1, 2004
  • pp: 742–757

Alternative structures for two-dimensional MEMS optical switches [Invited]

Victor Li, Chun Yin Li, and P. K. A. Wai  »View Author Affiliations

Journal of Optical Networking, Vol. 3, Issue 10, pp. 742-757 (2004)

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Feature Issue on Optical Interconnection Networks (OIN)

Two-dimensional (2-D) microelectromechanical system (MEMS) optical switches have the merits of easy fabrication and high reliability. Since the optical signal loss is mainly proportional to the length of signaling paths in the switches, current 2-D MEMS optical switches that use a crossbar structure have a rather limited number of ports. For larger 2-D MEMS optical switches, we may use nonrectangular topology switching fabrics to shorten the internal signaling path or to recollimate the optical signal segment by segment inside the switches. We discuss these approaches from the aspect of implementation and routing control complexity.

© 2004 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(060.1810) Fiber optics and optical communications : Buffers, couplers, routers, switches, and multiplexers
(230.3990) Optical devices : Micro-optical devices

ToC Category:
Optical Interconnection Networks

Original Manuscript: August 16, 2004
Revised Manuscript: August 14, 2004
Published: September 29, 2004

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Victor Li, Chun Yin Li, and P. K. A. Wai, "Alternative structures for two-dimensional MEMS optical switches [Invited]," J. Opt. Netw. 3, 742-757 (2004)

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