Microsecond regime optical cross connect

32 port to 32 port scalable device

Brittany Lynn, Alexander Miles, Pierre Alexandre Blanche, John W Wissinger, Daniel Carothers, Robert A Norwood, Nasser N Peyghambarian

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Abstract

Presented here is a 32 × 32 optical switch for telecommunications applications capable of reconfiguring at speeds of up to 12 microseconds. The free space switching mechanism in this interconnect is a digital micromirror device (DMD) consisting of a 2D array of 10.8μm mirrors optimized for implementation at 1.55μm. Hinged along one axis, each micromirror is capable of accessing one of two positions in binary fashion. In general reflection based applications this corresponds to the ability to manifest only two display states with each mirror, but by employing this binary state system to display a set of binary amplitude holograms, we are able to access hundreds of distinct locations in space. We previously demonstrated a 7 × 7 switch employing this technology, providing a proof of concept device validating our initial design principles but exhibiting high insertion and wavelength dependent losses. The current system employs 1920 × 1080 DMD, allowing us to increase the number of accessible ports to 32 × 32. Adjustments in imaging, coupling component design and wavelength control were also made in order to improve the overall loss of the switch. This optical switch performs in a bit-rate and protocol independent manner, enabling its use across various network fabrics and data rates. Additionally, by employing a diffractive switching mechanism, we are able to implement a variety of ancillary features such as dynamic beam pick-off for monitoring purposes, beam division for multicasting applications and in situ attenuation control.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
PublisherSPIE
Volume8991
ISBN (Print)9780819499042
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014
EventOptical Interconnects XIV - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: Feb 3 2014Feb 5 2014

Other

OtherOptical Interconnects XIV
CountryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA
Period2/3/142/5/14

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Optical Switch
Digital devices
switches
Optical switches
Binary
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Mirror
Switches
Wavelength
Multicasting
Hologram
Holograms
Free Space
Interconnect
mirrors
Telecommunications
Attenuation
Insertion
Telecommunication

Keywords

  • Digital micromirror device
  • Optical cross connect
  • Optical interconnect
  • Reconfigurable hologram
  • Reconfigurable optical add-drop multiplexer (ROADM)
  • Spatial light modulator
  • Storage area networks (SANs)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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Lynn, B., Miles, A., Blanche, P. A., Wissinger, J. W., Carothers, D., Norwood, R. A., & Peyghambarian, N. N. (2014). Microsecond regime optical cross connect: 32 port to 32 port scalable device. In Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering (Vol. 8991). [89910S] SPIE. https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2040303

Microsecond regime optical cross connect : 32 port to 32 port scalable device. / Lynn, Brittany; Miles, Alexander; Blanche, Pierre Alexandre; Wissinger, John W; Carothers, Daniel; Norwood, Robert A; Peyghambarian, Nasser N.

Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. Vol. 8991 SPIE, 2014. 89910S.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Lynn, B, Miles, A, Blanche, PA, Wissinger, JW, Carothers, D, Norwood, RA & Peyghambarian, NN 2014, Microsecond regime optical cross connect: 32 port to 32 port scalable device. in Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. vol. 8991, 89910S, SPIE, Optical Interconnects XIV, San Francisco, CA, United States, 2/3/14. https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2040303
Lynn B, Miles A, Blanche PA, Wissinger JW, Carothers D, Norwood RA et al. Microsecond regime optical cross connect: 32 port to 32 port scalable device. In Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. Vol. 8991. SPIE. 2014. 89910S https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2040303
Lynn, Brittany ; Miles, Alexander ; Blanche, Pierre Alexandre ; Wissinger, John W ; Carothers, Daniel ; Norwood, Robert A ; Peyghambarian, Nasser N. / Microsecond regime optical cross connect : 32 port to 32 port scalable device. Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. Vol. 8991 SPIE, 2014.
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