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MEMS-based optical switches

L.L.P. Wong and J.T.W. Yeow,     University of Waterloo, Canada

A.A. Goldenberg,     University of Toronto, Canada

Abstract:

The optical switch is one of the most important components of an optical network. Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS)-based optical switches have been a popular research topic and have shown a lot of promise. This chapter is a comprehensive review of MEMS-based optical switch architectures, actuating principles and fabrication process. The challenges that MEMS face as an enabling technology for optical switch implementation will also be discussed.

Key words

microelectromechanical system (MEMS)

optical switch

optical cross-connect (OXC)

5.1 Introduction

The development of microelectromechanical ...

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