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We present a new approach to optical interconnections, based on microelectromechanical system tip/tilt mirror technology and the White cell. This is a free-space approach in which many beams circulate simultaneously in the device, each beam forming a unique spot pattern on the micromirror array. On each bounce, each beam can be switched to any of several White cells, each of which has a different effect on the spot pattern. By appropriate combinations of these White cells, any input beam can be directed to any output. A simple proof-of-concept prototype has been demonstrated, and output coupling loss addressed.
Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics, IEEE Journal of (Volume:9 , Issue: 2 )
Date of Publication: March-April 2003