High-Dimensionality Shared-Medium Photonic Switch

Philippe A. Perrier, Paul R. Prucnal

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A space-division photonic switch which has the potential to achieve high dimensionality is presented. The proposed switch, which resembles a collapsed network, does not use optical crosspoints; rather a dedicated path is provided for all input/output port connections on a common high-bandwidth transmission medium. This eliminates the restrictions imposed by 2 x 2 switching elements in classical space-division switching fabrics. The demonstration of a fully connected 120 x 120 space-division time-multiplexed photonic switch is reported. The dimensionality and blocking performance of a shared-medium photonic switch that uses time-multiplexing is analyzed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)224-236
Number of pages13
JournalIEEE Transactions on Communications
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1993

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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