1 December 1991 Optomechanics of a free-space photonic switching fabric: the system
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Parts of a multistage switching network were implemented by optically interconnecting arrays of symmetric self electro-optic effect devices. In an experiment completed last Spring, three 16 X 8 arrays of S-SEEDs, all operating as logic gates, were optically connected. A fully-interconnected switching fabric using six 32 X 32 S-SEED arrays is currently being tested. These are the latest in a series of experiments to investigate and develop this technology, and they substantially involve optomechanics. The practical realization of this technology represents a challenge to modern optomechanics due to the required precision, stability, and number of components involved. An overview of free-space photonic switching and the required experimental hardware subsystems is presented, followed by details of the optical systems to interconnect the switching device arrays and the mechanical systems which locate and position the optics and devices. The tolerancing analysis used in these systems is reviewed and comparisons between the two systems are made.
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Frederick B. McCormick, Frank A. P. Tooley, John L. Brubaker, Jose M. Sasian, Thomas J. Cloonan, Anthony L. Lentine, Rick L. Morrison, Randall J. Crisci, Sonya L. Walker, Stephen J. Hinterlong, Michael J. Herron, "Optomechanics of a free-space photonic switching fabric: the system", Proc. SPIE 1533, Optomechanics and Dimensional Stability, (1 December 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.48846; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.48846

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