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A low crosstalk high-speed polarisation-independent optical switch unit for fibre route protection in public telecommunication networks

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2 Author(s)
Duthie, P.J. ; Plessey Res. Caswell Ltd., Towcester, UK ; Wale, M.J.

The authors discuss the design of an exchange-rack compatible fibre route protection unit which will switch a receiver to a spare fibre within 150 ns of an alarm being asserted as a TTL signal. The configuration described allows single-ended control, with the switch adjacent to the receiver and associated alarms. At the present level of technological development, the 3 dB coupler also offers lower optical loss than would the equivalent optical switch. The optical interface is standard CCITT single mode fibre suitable for signals of arbitrary polarisation

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Polarisation Effects in Optical Switching and Routing Systems, IEE Colloquium on

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22 Oct 1990