8 October 2004 Chip-scale fully reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexing subsystem in polymer microphotonic circuits
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We report on a highly integrated photonic circuit using a polymer-based planar waveguide system. The properties of the materials used in this work such as ultra-low optical loss, widely tunable refractive index, and large thermo-optic coefficient, enable a multi-functional chip-scale microphotonic circuit. We discuss the application of this technology to the fabrication of a fully reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexer. This subsystem includes channel switching, power monitoring, load balancing, and wavelength shuffling functionalities that are required for agile wavelength-division multiplexing optical networks. Optical properties of our material systems and performance characteristics of the implemented optical passive/active elements are presented, and the integration schemes of the devices to achieve a fully integrated reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexer are discussed.
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Tomoyuki Izuhara, Junichiro Fujita, Antonije Radojevic, Reinald Gerhardt, Louay A. Eldada, "Chip-scale fully reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexing subsystem in polymer microphotonic circuits", Proc. SPIE 5515, Nanoengineering: Fabrication, Properties, Optics, and Devices, (8 October 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.560233; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.560233
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