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MEMS/MOEMS for lightwave networks: Can little machines make it big?
Author(s): David J. Bishop; Vladimir A. Aksyuk; Cristian A. Bolle; C. Randy Giles; Flavio Pardo; James A. Walker
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Paper Abstract

Silicon micromechanics in an emerging field which is beginning to impact almost every area of science and technology. In areas as diverse as the chemical, automotive, aeronautical, cellular and optical communication industries, Silicon micromachines are becoming the solution of choice for many problems. In this paper we will describe what they are, how they are built, and show how they have the potential to revolutionize lightwave systems. Devices such as optical switches, variable attenuators, active equalizers, add/drop multiplexers, optical crossconnects, gain tilt equalizers, data transmitters and many others are beginning to find ubiquitous application in advanced lightwave systems. We will show examples of these devices and describe some of the challenges in attacking the billions of dollars in addressable markets for this technology.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 August 2000
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 4176, Micromachined Devices and Components VI, (15 August 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.395629
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David J. Bishop, Lucent Technologies/Bell Labs. (United States)
Vladimir A. Aksyuk, Lucent Technologies/Bell Labs. (United States)
Cristian A. Bolle, Lucent Technologies/Bell Labs. (United States)
C. Randy Giles, Lucent Technologies/Bell Labs. (United States)
Flavio Pardo, Lucent Technologies/Bell Labs. (United States)
James A. Walker, Lucent Technologies/Bell Labs. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4176:
Micromachined Devices and Components VI
Eric Peeters; Oliver Paul, Editor(s)

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