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Experimental evaluation of an all-optical cross-connect based on micro-electro-mechanical system switches
Author(s): Rita Asquini; Rita Mancini; Antonio d'Alessandro; Margherita Valentino; Mario Signorazzi; Gaetano Vespasiano
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Paper Abstract

Performances of a WDM multistage interconnection architecture have been evaluated, by using measurements carried out on a 8×8 MEMS 2-D photonic switch made by OMM Inc.. Maximum and minimum insertion losses resulted 3.96 dB and 1.42 dB respectively at the wavelength of 1540.5nm. Furthermore polarization dependent loss and crosstalk were below 0.7 dB and -79 dB respectively. A rist time of 12 ms and a fall time of 4 ms were measured. The measurements were used to study a 40 Gbit/s WDM network which operates by using two fibers each supporting 8 multiplexed channels for a total of 16 channels whose carriers are spaced by 50 GHz and modulated at 2.5 Gbit/s. The network includes an optical cross connect (OXC), designed to switch part or all of the eight channels from one fiber to the other. The heart of the OXC is a 16×16 strictly non-blocking switching matrix based on a three stage Clos architecture. Insertion losses lower than 7 dB were evaluated over the entire network and the eye diagram spreads by just about 4%.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 August 2003
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5246, Active and Passive Optical Components for WDM Communications III, (14 August 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.511253
Show Author Affiliations
Rita Asquini, Univ. degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza, INFM (Italy)
Rita Mancini, Univ. degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza, INFM (Italy)
Antonio d'Alessandro, Univ. degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza, INFM (Italy)
Margherita Valentino, Ericsson Lab. (Italy)
Mario Signorazzi, Ericsson Lab. (Italy)
Gaetano Vespasiano, Telecom Italia Group (Italy)


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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