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Characterizations of a 2 x 2 optical switch using an acousto-optic cell with phased array transducers
Author(s): Yves Mevel; Veronique Quintard; Andre Perennou; Hongwu Li; Jean Le Bihan
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Paper Abstract

With the intention of developing devices for optical communications, we have worked upon acousto-optic deflection in the Bragg regime, at 1.55 µm wavelength. Recently, still using the acousto-optic interaction, we have taken an interest in the 2×2 switching function. In this paper, we present an acousto-optic switch architecture based on phased array transducers. This switch is made of a single TeO2 crystal, in which we superimpose two diffraction gratings created by two RF signals. First, we talk about the acousto-optic interaction, and make a general presentation of the switch's architecture. Then, we present some previous characterisations of the structure, in terms of diffraction efficiency according to the number of piezoelectric transducers electrically supplied and the RF power applied. We also study the diffracted optical beam profiles.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 March 2003
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 4946, Transducing Materials and Devices, (11 March 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.468287
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Yves Mevel, Ecole Nationale d'Ingenieurs de Brest (France)
Veronique Quintard, Ecole Nationale d'Ingenieurs de Brest (France)
Andre Perennou, Ecole Nationale d'Ingenieurs de Brest (France)
Hongwu Li, Univ. des Sciences et Technologies de Lille (France)
Jean Le Bihan, Ecole Nationale d'Ingenieurs de Brest (France)


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Transducing Materials and Devices

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