Alternative structures for two-dimensional MEMS optical switches [Invited]

Victor Li, Chun Yin Li, Ping Kong Alexander Wai

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Feature Issue on Optical Interconnection Networks (OIN) Two-dimensional (2-D) microelectromechanical system (MEMS) optical switches have the merits of easy fabrication and high reliability. Since the optical signal loss is mainly proportional to the length of signaling paths in the switches, current 2-D MEMS optical switches that use a crossbar structure have a rather limited number of ports. For larger 2-D MEMS optical switches, we may use nonrectangular topology switching fabrics to shorten the internal signaling path or to recollimate the optical signal segment by segment inside the switches. We discuss these approaches from the aspect of implementation and routing control complexity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)742-757
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Optical Networking
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2004


  • (060.1810) Fiber optics and optical communications : Buffers, couplers, routers, switches, and multiplexers
  • (230.3990) Optical devices : Micro-optical devices

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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