Introduction to optical switches

S.J. Chua,     National University of Singapore, Singapore

B.J. Li,     Sun Yat-Sen University, China


A number of technologies are used for implementation of optical switches. It ranges from simple mechanical movements to deflect the light beam to using external stimuli to change the optical properties of materials. This chapter summarizes the mechanisms used for implementation of optical switches.

Key words

optical switches

thermo-optical switch

magneto-optical switch

micro-electro-mechanical (MEMS)

electro-optical switch

liquid crystal optical switch

Optical communication using semiconductor lasers as sources and optical fiber as the transmission medium is the only solution to handle the ...

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