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Minimum-stage 4x4 electro-optic polymer switch
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Paper Abstract

Throughout the paper, the concept of the planar 1-D lay-out (one layer) of kXk-switches and the concept of its compact double-layer/multi-layer counterpart will be presented and experimental results analysed for k equals 4. The paper presents the construction and treats of the working principles of switching system that can operate with minimum number of stages. A reduction of the number of stages is obtained due to combination of the electro-optic (EO) polymer films on the isotropic substrate. The optical switches are collected in one optical layer and each layer composes of at most two 2X2- switches simultaneously active. Poly (methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) film doped with azo dye and para-nitro- aniline/polyvinyl alcohol (p-N-An/PVA) were used for the EO films preparation. Thereby switching is applied horizontally (use one layer only) and vertically (between the two layers). The scheme of such a 4X4-switch in double-layer technique has been presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 April 1998
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 3281, Polymer Photonic Devices, (17 April 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.305410
Show Author Affiliations
Igor G. Voitenko, Institute of Applied Optics (United States)
Josef Giglmayr, Heinrich-Hertz-Institut fuer Nachrichtentechnik Berlin GmbH (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3281:
Polymer Photonic Devices
Bernard Kippelen; Donal D. C. Bradley, Editor(s)

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