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New switching element for large optical interconnection networks
Author(s): Beniamino Castagnolo; Maria Rizzi; Mario Nicola Armenise; Vittorio M. N. Passaro; Tiziana Conese
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Paper Abstract

Optical interconnection networks for linking a large number of users require the use of particular switching elements. For the classical 2 X 2 switching elements, in order to maintain the control voltage as low as possible, the length of the element cannot be less than a few millimeters. For this reason, the total number of stages implementable on a single LiNbO3 crystal must be contained and the number of users N cannot be above 8. In order to extend the network dimensions, a different network architecture must be chosen which requires a new type of (alpha) X (beta) switching element. Generally speaking, (alpha) equals 2n and (beta) equals 2m with n does not equal m. In this paper we present a 4 X 4 switching element for which two different solutions are considered. The design criteria of these structures are presented and the insertion loss and crosstalk are evaluated.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 April 1993
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 1794, Integrated Optical Circuits II, (6 April 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.141878
Show Author Affiliations
Beniamino Castagnolo, Politecnico di Bari (Italy)
Maria Rizzi, Politecnico di Bari (Italy)
Mario Nicola Armenise, Politecnico di Bari (Italy)
Vittorio M. N. Passaro, Politecnico di Bari (Italy)
Tiziana Conese, Politecnico di Bari (Italy)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1794:
Integrated Optical Circuits II
Ka-Kha Wong, Editor(s)

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