Design and preliminary implementation of an N × N diffractive all-optical fiber optic switch

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Abstract

We have demonstrated a diffraction-based nonblocking, scalable N × N optical switch employing a digital micromirror display (DMD) with 12 μs switching speed, performing 100 times faster than the currently available technology. The distributed nature of diffraction makes this switch more robust than one-to-one reflective systems where a single mirror failure incapacitates an entire connection. We thereby address a key bottleneck in data centers and optical aggregation networks by decreasing circuit-switching speed and allowing for facile port count scalability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number6588560
Pages (from-to)4016-4021
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Lightwave Technology
Volume31
Issue number24
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 15 2013

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Keywords

  • Digital micromirror device (DMD)
  • free-space optical switch
  • optical crossconnect
  • optical switch
  • reconfigurable hologram
  • spatial light modulator (SLM)
  • storage area networks (SANs)

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  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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Design and preliminary implementation of an N × N diffractive all-optical fiber optic switch. / Lynn, Brittany; Blanche, Pierre Alexandre; Miles, Alexander; Wissinger, John W; Carothers, Daniel; LaComb, Lloyd J; Norwood, Robert A; Peyghambarian, Nasser N.

In: Journal of Lightwave Technology, Vol. 31, No. 24, 6588560, 15.12.2013, p. 4016-4021.

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