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Design of a low-cost and compact 1 × 5 wavelength-selective switch for access networks

Lu, T and Collings, N and Robertson, B and Chu, D (2015) Design of a low-cost and compact 1 × 5 wavelength-selective switch for access networks. Applied Optics, 54. pp. 8844-8855. ISSN 1559-128X

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Abstract

© 2015 Optical Society of America. This paper describes the design, modeling, construction, and testing of a low-cost and compact (80 mm × 50 mm) 1 × 5 wavelength-selective switch. The core beam-deflecting element of the switch is a nematic liquid crystal on silicon spatial light modulator. The switch is designed for coarse wavelength-division multiplexing wavelengths in order to bring the benefit of a low-cost, compact, and robust switching design toward the customer end in the access network. During the system development stage, a single optomechanical assembly was designed and prototyped using the three-dimensional printing technology. The experimental results show an insertion loss of -13.8 ±1.4 tilt and a worst-case scenario crosstalk level of-24.8 dB. Approaches for enhancing the performance of the switch are analyzed and discussed.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
Divisions: Div B > Photonics
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2017 19:11
Last Modified: 25 Feb 2021 06:31
DOI: 10.1364/AO.54.008844