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Microelectromechanical switches for reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexers
Author(s): K. Peter Lo; Norris E. Lewis; Heath Kouns; Barry Witherspoon; Alain Bourque
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Paper Abstract

In this paper, we report the use of microelectromechanical system (MEMS) switches in development of a re-configurable optical add/drop multiplexer (ROADM). The implementation of MEMS switches enables fabrication of a highly integrated 16-channel ROADM having compact size, fast re-configuration time, low driving voltage and improved reliability. The dimensions of the die for the 2x2 crossover MEMS switch are 6.5mm x 6.5mm x 1.5mm. The insertion loss of the switch is less than 1 dB. The switching time is less than 3.3ms, and the driving voltage can be as low as 10V. Over 200 million cycles of switching have been achieved. The performance of the MEMS switch and the possibility of implementing the switch in a ROADM will be discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 November 2002
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 4788, Photonic Devices and Algorithms for Computing IV, (15 November 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.453718
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K. Peter Lo, Northrop Grumman Polyscientific (United States)
Norris E. Lewis, Northrop Grumman Polyscientific (United States)
Heath Kouns, Northrop Grumman Polyscientific (United States)
Barry Witherspoon, Northrop Grumman Polyscientific (United States)
Alain Bourque, Lumenon Innovative Lightwave Technology Inc. (Canada)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4788:
Photonic Devices and Algorithms for Computing IV
Khan M. Iftekharuddin; Abdul Ahad S. Awwal, Editor(s)

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