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Optical switch with a micro liquid droplet
Author(s): Jing Wan; Boyu Chen; Tianrun Zhang; Simo Zhang; Yixin Duan
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Paper Abstract

The optical switch is the core component of all-optical communication networks. Optofluidics is the integration of optics and microfluidics (lab on the chip). Here, based on optofluidics and optical communication technology, a 2×2 optical switch structure is proposed. The proposed switch uses a micro droplet and a microfluidic drive technology based on the electrowetting on dielectric (EWOD) to realize the optical path conversion. The optical switch has a small volume, simple structure, low power loss. Meanwhile it has no movable micromechanical elements and is easy to be operated. Here the structure and working principle of the optical switch are introduced.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 July 2018
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 10827, Sixth International Conference on Optical and Photonic Engineering (icOPEN 2018), 108272X (24 July 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2500999
Show Author Affiliations
Jing Wan, Nanjing Univ. of Posts and Telecommunications (China)
Boyu Chen, Nanjing Univ. of Posts and Telecommunications (China)
Tianrun Zhang, Nanjing Univ. of Posts and Telecommunications (China)
Simo Zhang, Nanjing Univ. of Posts and Telecommunications (China)
Yixin Duan, Nanjing Univ. of Posts and Telecommunications (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10827:
Sixth International Conference on Optical and Photonic Engineering (icOPEN 2018)
Yingjie Yu; Chao Zuo; Kemao Qian, Editor(s)

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