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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Manuscript received June 1, 2004; revised December 8, 2004. This work was supported in part by UFON, an ERC program sponsored by KOSEF, BK21 supported by the MOE in Korea. The authors are with the Department of Information and Communications, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, Gwangju 500-712, Korea (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org). Digital Object Identifier 10.1109/JLT.2004.842308
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics