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Novel optical MEMS device technology for optical networking
Author(s): Rajashree Narendra; J. N. McMullin
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Paper Abstract

Internet Traffic has been growing multifold with time, as more and more people are getting online for communication, education, entertainment, etc. Expanding fiber optic networks through optical networking is seen as the key to fulfilling consumer demand for internet bandwidth. Optical networking is severely handicapped by the unavailability of high performance low cost optical components. Developing economical methods for fabricating optical switches, connectors and other networking components is the key to the realization of an all-optical network vision. Using silicon MEMS technology to produce optical components provides some compelling advantages of integration with electronic devices and packaging. Simple, low-cost fabrication of the integrated optical components such as waveguides, splitters, combiners, reflectors and lenses on silicon substrate is reviewed. Specially designed novel dispensing equipment is used to fabricate these optical components. An integrated optoelectronic switch is designed using silicon V-grooves with reflective taps and dispensed polymer waveguides. Propagation losses of 0.15 dB/cm at 633 nm and 0.45 dB/cm at 1300 nm are reported. Coupling losses of less than 1 dB can be achieved. The fabrication being economical and having lower propagation losses makes this technology very attractive for networking applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 June 2007
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6536, Saratov Fall Meeting 2006: Coherent Optics of Ordered and Random Media VII, 65360U (20 June 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.753467
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Rajashree Narendra, B.N.M. Institute of Technology (India)
J. N. McMullin, Univ. of Alberta (Canada)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6536:
Saratov Fall Meeting 2006: Coherent Optics of Ordered and Random Media VII

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