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Controlling light in nanophotonic structures
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Paper Abstract

Most approaches to perform switching and tuning in photonic integrated circuits (PICs) are based on modulation of effective refractive index of a waveguide or a resonant structure and use a variety of means by which the desired perturbation of index is to be achieved. Limitations to these methods, which obstacle achievement of the desired results, are discussed. It is shown that the promising alternative, at least for applications, for which speed is not a critical issue, can be to control light by means of nano/micromechanic actuation. The general idea is presented and the applicability of mechanical actuation to very-large-scale integration (VLSI) photonics is assessed. Particular concepts of switching and tuning are described.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 September 2005
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5956, Integrated Optics: Theory and Applications, 595615 (30 September 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.622613
Show Author Affiliations
Zbigniew T. Lach, Lublin Univ. of Technology (Poland)
Jacek K. Zientkiewicz, Lublin Univ. of Technology (Poland)
Piotr Grabiec, Institute of Electron Technology (Poland)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5956:
Integrated Optics: Theory and Applications
Tadeusz Pustelny; Paul V. Lambeck; Christophe Gorecki, Editor(s)

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