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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 3 — Feb. 1, 2010
  • pp: 3045–3058

Demonstration of a hitless bypass switch using nanomechanical perturbation for high-bitrate transparent networks

Rohit Chatterjee, Mingbin Yu, Aaron Stein, Dim-Lee Kwong, Lionel C. Kimerling, and Chee Wei Wong  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 3, pp. 3045-3058 (2010)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.18.003045


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Abstract

We demonstrate an optical hitless bypass switch based on nanomechanical proximity perturbation for high-bitrate transparent networks. Embedded in a single-level π-imbalanced Mach-Zehnder interferometer, the two nanomechanical-based Δβ-directional couplers permit broadband signal rerouting on-chip, while the selected wavelength remains unaffected at all times for optical filter reconfiguration. The optical hitless switch is implemented in the silicon nanophotonics platform, with experimental measurements matching well with numerical and theoretical modeling.

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OCIS Codes
(230.3120) Optical devices : Integrated optics devices
(130.4815) Integrated optics : Optical switching devices

ToC Category:
Integrated Optics

History
Original Manuscript: December 2, 2009
Revised Manuscript: January 14, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: January 14, 2010
Published: January 28, 2010

Citation
Rohit Chatterjee, Mingbin Yu, Aaron Stein, Dim-Lee Kwong, Lionel C. Kimerling, and Chee Wei Wong, "Demonstration of a hitless bypass switch using nanomechanical perturbation for high-bitrate transparent networks," Opt. Express 18, 3045-3058 (2010)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-18-3-3045


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