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4x4 free-space polarization-independent optical switch using half-wave plates for polarized controlling
Author(s): Zilong Cai; Fengguang Luo; Mingcui Cao; Huimin Wei
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Paper Abstract

This paper proposes a novel 4×4 free-space bi-directional fiber optical switch. The switch is independent of the optical polarization, which can lead to polarization-dependent loss. When the input light beam incident on the polarization beam splitters (PBS) coating satisfies Brewster Condition, it is decomposed into two orthogonal linear polarized lights: P-polarized light and S-polarized light. In the paper, the free-space optical switches elements include a polarization control unit and a routing unit, and the former will be discussed emphatically. The polarization control unit can be acted by Ferroelectric Liquid Crystal (FLC) or half-wave plate array. By comparing the two methods, half-wave plate array will be chosen in the experiment. The controlling circuit of driving half-wave plate array is designed and polarization-dependent loss (PDL) in 4×4 optical switch using half-wave plate array is analyzed. The experiment results indicate that the insertion loss is less than 4.4 dB, the interchannel crosstalk is about 32 dB and the switching time of the optical switch is about 2 ms.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 February 2005
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5625, Optical Transmission, Switching, and Subsystems II, (11 February 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.574480
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Zilong Cai, Huazhong Univ. of Science and Technology (China)
Fengguang Luo, Huazhong Univ. of Science and Technology (China)
Mingcui Cao, Huazhong Univ. of Science and Technology (China)
Huimin Wei, Huazhong Univ. of Science and Technology (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5625:
Optical Transmission, Switching, and Subsystems II
Cedric F. Lam; Wanyi Gu; Norbert Hanik; Kimio Oguchi, Editor(s)

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