A novel architecture for an optical time-division switch is investigated and demonstrated at a bit rate of 625 Mbit/s. The self-clocked configuration eliminates some of the limitations found in previous optical implementations of time-division switches: the switch operation is asynchronous, no read gate is required, and an optimal number of delay lines is used. Furthermore, this paper reports the first experimental demonstration of optical space-sorting demultiplexing.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics