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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 28 — Dec. 31, 2012
  • pp: 29309–29318

Nanosecond monolithic Mach-Zehnder fiber switch

Patrik Rugeland, Oleksandr Tarasenko, and Walter Margulis  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 28, pp. 29309-29318 (2012)

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An electrically controlled high-speed all-fiber switch is investigated. It is based on a monolithic Mach-Zehnder interferometer using a Gemini fiber. The fiber is provided with internal electrodes for active control of the phase using high-voltage electrical pulses. The demonstrated switching speed is 20 ns. The monolithic design guarantees that the off- and on-states are attained simultaneously for a broad range of wavelengths (50 nm). The interferometer can be switched-off using a second electrode, providing a 15 ns long optical pulse.

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OCIS Codes
(230.1040) Optical devices : Acousto-optical devices
(320.4240) Ultrafast optics : Nanosecond phenomena
(320.5550) Ultrafast optics : Pulses
(060.4005) Fiber optics and optical communications : Microstructured fibers
(130.4815) Integrated optics : Optical switching devices

ToC Category:
Integrated Optics

Original Manuscript: October 23, 2012
Revised Manuscript: December 5, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: December 5, 2012
Published: December 18, 2012

Patrik Rugeland, Oleksandr Tarasenko, and Walter Margulis, "Nanosecond monolithic Mach-Zehnder fiber switch," Opt. Express 20, 29309-29318 (2012)

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