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Reconfigurable bi-directional optical routing in photonic crystals enabled by silicon nanomembrane modules
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Paper Abstract

Wavelength-division multiplexing (WDM) is the transmission of many signals through a single communication channel using different wavelengths, each of which carries a separate, independent signal. We present and discuss a reconfigurable WDM based on slow-light, functioning as a bi-directional optical routing and processing network, consisting of photonic crystals designed as drop/add filters. The photonic crystal based routing elements consist of two waveguides coupled through a resonant cavity. Photonic crystals offer the ability to achieve separation of many channels on a much smaller scale than their predecessors. Photonic crystals have led a challenging frontier of miniaturization and large scale integration of high-density optical interconnects, and with the aid of nanomembranes, optical routing networks can set a new standard for high-density optical interconnects.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 February 2011
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7943, Silicon Photonics VI, 79430D (8 February 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.875270
Show Author Affiliations
Mathew J. Zablocki, Univ. of Delaware (United States)
Ahmed S. Sharkawy, Lumilant, Inc. (United States)
Dennis W. Prather, Univ. of Delaware (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7943:
Silicon Photonics VI
Joel A. Kubby; Graham T. Reed, Editor(s)

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