Abstract

We experimentally demonstrate remotely powered, controlled, and monitored optical switching. The control signal of the switch is modulated on an optical wave and sent from a transmitter. At the switch location, the control signal is converted from an optical to an electrical signal to drive the switch. In addition, to provide electrical power at the switch location, optical power is sent from a distance and converted to electrical power using a series of photodiodes. We experimentally demonstrate (a) 1 Gb/s on-off keying data channel transmission and switching with a 1 MHz optically delivered control signal, and (b) 40 Gb/s quadrature phase-shift keying data channel transmission and remotely monitoring switch state and bias drift. The switching function is demonstrated without using any local electrical power supply. Moreover, the monitoring tones are transmitted to the remote switch and fed back to the transmitter to realize a switch state and detect the bias drift.

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