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Analysis and testing of an optical add/drop multiplexer based on MEMS micro-actuators
Author(s): Dong Yan; Seth Madison; Bai Xu; James Castracane
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Paper Abstract

Optical ADD/DROP multiplexers (OADM) are incorporated into all-optical network structures that provide fixed access to a subset of the wavelengths in Wavelength Division Multiplexer (WDM) systems. The rapid growth of broadband data communications and the drive toward cost reduction have made optical MEMS (Micro- Electro-Mechanical Systems) an extremely attractive technology for applications in optical communications. This paper will present theoretical analysis, simulation and testing results of an ADD/DROP multiplexer based on the MEMS-based micro-actuators. The micro-actuator is a MEMS-based compound grating (MCG) with a reconfigurable surface that couples the mechanical motion with optical diffraction. The diffraction patterns depend on the wavelength, incident angle and the grating structural parameters. This property is used to design an OADM that can be applied to broad areas in optical communication. A theoretical analysis is presented to establish the relationship between diffraction beams and the structural parameters of the grating, the wavelength of incident light, incident angle. Prototypes of these micro-actuators have been fabricated. The initial testing demonstrated the feasibility of using the MCG as an OADM. New designs of the MCG for application to the 1.55um optical telecommunication standard will be discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 September 2002
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4907, Optical Switching and Optical Interconnection II, (3 September 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.482263
Show Author Affiliations
Dong Yan, Univ. at Albany (United States)
Seth Madison, Univ. at Albany (United States)
Bai Xu, Univ. at Albany (United States)
James Castracane, Univ. at Albany (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4907:
Optical Switching and Optical Interconnection II
Lih-Yuan Lin; Yimo Zhang; Kimio Oguchi, Editor(s)

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