Abstract

This paper reports on new hybrid optomechanical technology for reconfigurable optical networking applications. Unique and versatile functions in the technology were provided by micrometer-scale fused-taper waveguides mounted on microelectromechanical actuating platforms. The proposed technology can endow new degrees of freedom to control spectral response and port-to-port output power of the throughput of multiport fiber-fused-taper devices. Applications in a reconfigurable optical switch, an interband router, and a high-power optical attenuator for optical neworking are discussed.

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R. P. Kenny, T. A. Birks and K. P. Oakley, "Control of optical fibre taper shape", Electron. Lett., vol. 27, pp. 1654-1656, Aug. 1991.

T. A. Birks and C. D. Hussey, "Wavelength-flattened couplers: Performance optimisation by twist-tuning", Electron. Lett., vol. 25, pp. 407-408, Mar. 1989.

W. Shin and K. Oh, "2 x 2 broadband selective cross-connect switch based on a fused optical fiber coupler", in Proc. Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exhibit (OFC2002), Washington, DC, 2002,ThGG57.

W. Shin, Y. Jeong and K. Oh, "Broadband high power fiber variable optical attenuator for gain control of Raman amplifier", presented at the 28th Eur. Conf. Optical Communication (ECOC), Copenhagen, Denmark, P. 1.24, Sep. 8-12, 2002.

P. M. Hagelin, U. Krishnamoorthy, J. P. Heritage and O. Solgaard, "Scalable optical cross-connect switch using micromachined mirrors", IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett., vol. 12, no. 7, pp. 882-884, Jul. 2000.

J. E. Fouquet, "Tutorial: Waveguide-based optical cross-connect switches", in OSA Optical Fiber Communication Conf. Exhibit (OFC 2000), Washington, DC, 2000, pp. 204-206.

M. B. J. Diemeer, W. J. De Vries and K. W. Benoist, "Fused coupler switch using a thermooptic cladding", Electron. Lett., vol. 24, pp. 457-458, Apr. 1988.

M. E. De Rosa, V. A. Bhagavatula, Q. Wu, Kmatusick and K. Wanger, "High optical power testing of physical contact connectors at 1550 nm", in Proc. Optical Fiber Communications Conf. Exhibit (OFC 2001), 2001, Paper Tul5.

Y. S. Jeong, W. Shin, H. Jeong and K. Oh, "All-fiber variable optical attenuator for high-power applications", IEICE Trans., Electronics, E-86-C5May 2000

E. Sikora and P. Delve, "Cable and fibre reliability concerns of subsea systems", in Proc. Suboptic 2001, 2001, Paper T4.3.4.

A. Terakura and T. Sato, "Examination of the input power and exothermicity of optical attenuator utilizing attenuation fiber", in Proc. Optical Fiber Communications Conf. Exhibit (OFC 2002), 2002, Paper ThGG45.

W. Shin and K. Oh, "Novel micro-optical waveguide on micro-actuating platform for reconfigurable wavelength selective optical switch", Opt. Express , vol. 12, no. 19, pp. 4378-4382, Sep. 2004.

W. Shin, S. W. Han, C. S. Park and K. Oh, "All fiber optical inter-band router for broadband wavelength division multiplexing", Opt. Express, vol. 12, no. 9, pp. 1818-1822, May 2004.

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