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Dynamic optical filtering in DWDM systems using the DMD

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7 Author(s)
Duncan, W.M. ; Products Opt. Networking, Texas Instrum. Inc., Plano, TX, USA ; Bartlett, T. ; Koontz, E.M. ; Lee, B.
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Summary form only given. We describe applications of the Texas Instruments Digital Micromirror Device (DMD) as a high efficiency spatial light modulator for dynamic optical filtering and switching in Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexed (DWDM) optical networks. Whereas the DMD has found wide acceptance as a spatial light modulator in video display applications, the present paper describes applications of the DMD to DWDM signal processing. The DMD is shown in this work to behave as a 2-dimensional switched blazed gating when modulating coherent light. In addition, the efficiency of fiber coupling will be shown to depend on the amplitude of the overlap integral between the modulated field and the mode of the output. Hence, the efficiency of the fiber coupling depends not only on the amplitude of the fields, but on how well they are matched in phase. The DMD is very suitable to digital processing of optical networking signals where it can be used as a series of parallel optical switches (e.g. 400-l×2 switches). A very useful optical platform combines the DMD with a dispersive element such as a gating or a prism. DWDM signals are first dispersed and impinge onto the DMD, which is then used as a reflective adaptive slit. The DMD selectively routes specific wavelengths back into one of two optical paths or ports. Using this general configuration of the DMD as an adaptive optical slit, we have demonstrated several network functions including digital optical equalization, optical add drop multiplexing and optical performance monitoring. In this presentation, we will describe these applications of the DMD as well as describe system performance attributes (insertion loss, polarization dependent loss, group delay and power penalty) as they pertain to the DMD structure and DMD based optical signal processing

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Semiconductor Device Research Symposium, 2001 International

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2001