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MEMS for optical communication: present and future
Author(s): Chuan Pu; Shi-sheng Lee; Sangtae Park; Patrick B. Chu; Igal Brener
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Paper Abstract

The current fiber optical communication system has evolved into a complicated multi-wavelength system with the deployment of Wavelength Division Multiplexing (WDM) networks. Many innovative technologies are desired to materialize its vast capacities and promises. MEMS technology has recently emerged as a competitive candidate to solve many technical challenges encountered in current WDM networks. Its applications have spanned from large scale optical switch fabrics such as optical cross-connects, optical add/drop multiplexers, to a large variety of active and passive optical components for transmission networks, such as tunable lasers and filters, dispersion compensation devices, amplifier gain equalizers, polarization controllers, and many others. In this paper we will discuss the current development status, promises and challenges, and the future prospects of MEMS technologies for optical communication, with a primary focus on MEMS-based optical cross-connects.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 July 2002
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 4870, Active and Passive Optical Components for WDM Communications II, (11 July 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.475515
Show Author Affiliations
Chuan Pu, Tellium, Inc. (United States)
Shi-sheng Lee, Tellium, Inc. (United States)
Sangtae Park, Tellium, Inc. (United States)
Patrick B. Chu, Tellium, Inc. (United States)
Igal Brener, Tellium, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4870:
Active and Passive Optical Components for WDM Communications II
Achyut Kumar Dutta; Abdul Ahad Sami Awwal; Niloy K. Dutta; Katsunari Okamoto, Editor(s)

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