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Optical Engineering

Free-space optical interconnects using connectivity-enhanced, mesh-based networks
Author(s): Yao Li; Ting Wang; Jacob Sharony
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Paper Abstract

We discuss the potential of using free-space optical methods to implement a class of connectivity-enhanced mesh-based networks. As shown, the unique advantages that the free-space optics can offer, including large power fan-out per node capability, and the ability for spatial-angular multiplexing make it possible for connectivity-enhanced mesh-based networks to be efficiently implemented. In our presentation, two switching models, one for nonblocking point-to-point switching and the other for nonblocking broadcast switching, are described for their optical implementations. Some proof-of-principle experimental results are presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 May 1994
PDF: 11 pages
Opt. Eng. 33(5) doi: 10.1117/12.166526
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 33, Issue 5
Show Author Affiliations
Yao Li, NEC Research Institute (United States)
Ting Wang, NEC Research Institute, Inc. (United States)
Jacob Sharony, Columbia Univ. (United States)

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