MEMS-actuated photonic crystal switches


Lee M., Hah D. , Lau E., Toshiyoshi H., Wu M.

IEEE PHOTONICS TECHNOLOGY LETTERS, vol.18, pp.358-360, 2006 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 18
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Doi Number: 10.1109/lpt.2005.861957
  • Title of Journal : IEEE PHOTONICS TECHNOLOGY LETTERS
  • Page Numbers: pp.358-360

Abstract

A compact guided-wave optical switch is realized by integrating one-dimensional photonic crystals with microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) actuators. The ON-OFF switching is achieved by physically moving a photonic crystal defect. Experimental results show an extinction ratio of 11 dB at 1.56-Am wavelength and a 0.5-ms time constant of the step response.