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Practical applications of diffractive optics in free-space photonic switching networks
Author(s): Rick L. Morrison; Sonya L. Walker; Frederick B. McCormick Jr.; Thomas J. Cloonan
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Paper Abstract

Free-space digital optical systems represent a novel interconnection technology that exploits the volume surrounding an electronic circuit substrate. The potential advantage of free-space optical systems is the creation of high density, energy efficient, parallel, high bandwidth interconnections. A photonic switching network, whose function is to connect high bandwidth channels, is a natural vehicle for exploring and developing this technology. Diffractive optical components play critical roles in these free-space systems as optical power array generators and interconnection holograms. In this paper, we will examine how these diffractive elements have served in realized photonic switching demonstration systems and explore some of the issues that determine their successes and limitations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 December 1993
PDF: 25 pages
Proc. SPIE 10271, Diffractive and Miniaturized Optics: A Critical Review, 102710E (28 December 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.170187
Show Author Affiliations
Rick L. Morrison, AT&T Bell Labs. (United States)
Sonya L. Walker, AT&T Bell Labs. (United States)
Frederick B. McCormick Jr., AT&T Bell Labs. (United States)
Thomas J. Cloonan, AT&T Bell Labs. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10271:
Diffractive and Miniaturized Optics: A Critical Review
Sing H. Lee, Editor(s)

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