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The roles of MEMS optical switches in fiber optic networks: what and when
Author(s): Lih Y. Lin; Evan L. Goldstein
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Paper Abstract

Shortly after it was proposed, optical micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) was recognized as the most promising all-optical switching technology for core lightwave-communications networks. Focusing on achieving low loss, high port-count, and bit-rate transparency, this technology provides the best match for the applications of provisioning and restoration in core optical networks, without following the mislead path in the history of optical-switch development that all-optical switches need to achieve fast nanosecond switching time. Although the delay in capacity demand of long-haul optical networks has dramatically slowed down the development and commercialization of this technology, many impressive technological advances have been demonstrated as a result of intense research and development in a brief period of a few years. In this paper, we review various technologies for MEMS optical switches, and discuss their roles in optical communication networks.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 August 2003
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5246, Active and Passive Optical Components for WDM Communications III, (14 August 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.510942
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Lih Y. Lin, Univ. of Washington (United States)
Evan L. Goldstein, Univ. of Washington (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5246:
Active and Passive Optical Components for WDM Communications III
Achyut K. Dutta; Abdul Ahad S. Awwal; Niloy K. Dutta; Kazuo Fujiura, Editor(s)

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