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Optical fiber switch for sensor networks: design principles
Author(s): M. Borecki; J. Szmidt; P. Wrzosek; M. Beblowska
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Paper Abstract

Photonic cross-sections play a crucial role in transparent optical networks. Designs intended for telecommunication networks are already well known, whereas those intended for sensor networks are still at a preliminary stage of development. The present paper presents a design and a model of a switch suitable for sensor networks. The idea underlying the design is the use of optical fibers with cores of relatively large diameters. The paper describes the basic assumptions adopted in the design, and the reasoning conducted to find the optimum configuration of the 1x2 switch microsystem. i.e. the switching lattice and its driver. The lattice is constructed of a fiber positioning circuit and an actuator. A model of the switch head for polymer clad silica fibers is presented. The underlying idea consists of the use of an electromagnetic actuator with a magnetic thumb-lock. This design enables the switch to be manufactured in short series and permits decreasing the dimensions of the entire microsystem.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 October 2006
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6347, Photonics Applications in Astronomy, Communications, Industry, and High-Energy Physics Experiments 2006, 63471Q (12 October 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.714542
Show Author Affiliations
M. Borecki, WUT (Poland)
J. Szmidt, WUT (Poland)
P. Wrzosek, WUT (Poland)
M. Beblowska, WUT (Poland)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6347:
Photonics Applications in Astronomy, Communications, Industry, and High-Energy Physics Experiments 2006
Ryszard S. Romaniuk, Editor(s)

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