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Recent progress on silica-based optical switches and free-space optical switches
Author(s): Akira Himeno; Masayasu Yamaguchi
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Paper Abstract

Space-division optical switches will be indispensable for future fiber-optic communication systems such as fiber-optic subscriber-line concentrators, photonic inter-module connectors, and protection switches. This paper reports recent progress on both silica-based thermo-optic optical switches with drive electronics. Two types of free-space switch modules are also reviewed; analog free-space switching modules which use liquid crystal beam shifters and digital free-space switching modules which incorporate semiconductor photonic switch array devices.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 March 1996
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2691, Optoelectronic Packaging, (29 March 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.236909
Show Author Affiliations
Akira Himeno, NTT Opto-Electronics Labs. (Japan)
Masayasu Yamaguchi, NTT Network Service Systems Labs. (Japan)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2691:
Optoelectronic Packaging
Michael R. Feldman; Yung-Cheng Lee, Editor(s)

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