Micromechanical Optical Crossconnect with 4-F Relay Imaging Optics

Journal Article

We describe a novel optical configuration for a microelectromechanical system (MEMS)-based beam-steering optical crossconnect. It incorporates 4-F imaging optics to relay light to the MEMS chip. This makes the system more tolerant to fiber-microlens misalignment. The use of a relay plus Fourier lens and patterned mirror removes the skew angle on the MEMS array and reduces the maximum angle for the MEMS mirror. A prototype 110 × 110 crossconnect employing imaging optics was constructed to validate the approach. This achieved a mean fiber-to-fiber insertion loss of 2.9 dB.

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Cited Authors

  • Kozhevnikov, M; Ryf, R; Neilson, DT; Kolodner, P; Bolle, CA; Papazian, AR; Kim, J; Gates, JV

Published Date

  • 2004

Published In

  • Ieee Photonics Technology Letters

Volume / Issue

  • 16 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 275 - 277

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1109/LPT.2003.819416