28 January 2017 Silicon photonic switch technology for optical networks in telecom and datacom areas
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As a promising platform technology for optical switches, silicon photonics is recently attracting much attention. In this paper, we demonstrate compact 8 × 8 silicon photonic switch modules with low loss, low polarization sensitivity, and low cross-talk properties. An optical circuit including 152 thermo-optical switch elements and spot size converters were formed within a silicon chip size of 12 mm × 14 mm. The developed module where a silicon photonic chip was assembled with a fiber array showed about 6-dB average excess optical loss, including optical coupling loss, on all 64 paths of the 8 × 8 optical switch. Measured polarization dependent loss was about 0.6 dB on average over 64 paths and cross-talk was less than -35 dB. These optical switch modules are intended for applying to ROADMs in telecom optical networks, but, the port count extensibility using multiple compact modules and the faster switching capability of the optical switch are also useful for datacenter applications where hybrid network scheme with electronic packet switches and optical circuit switches is intensively investigated.
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Shigeru Nakamura, Shigeru Nakamura, Shigeyuki Yanagimachi, Shigeyuki Yanagimachi, Hitoshi Takeshita, Hitoshi Takeshita, Akio Tajima, Akio Tajima, } "Silicon photonic switch technology for optical networks in telecom and datacom areas", Proc. SPIE 10131, Next-Generation Optical Networks for Data Centers and Short-Reach Links IV, 1013108 (28 January 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2255653; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2255653

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