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2 May 1994 Reconfigurable optical switches with monolithic electrical-to-optical interfaces
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Proceedings Volume 2153, Optoelectronic Interconnects II; (1994)
Event: OE/LASE '94, 1994, Los Angeles, CA, United States
Vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) can be integrated with heterojunction phototransistors (HPTs) and heterojunction bipolar transistors (HBTs) on the same wafer to form high speed optical and optoelectronic switches, respectively, that can be optically or electrically addressed. This permits the direct communication and transmission of data between distributed electronic processors through an optical switching network. The experimental demonstration of an integrated optoelectronic HBT/VCSEL switch combining a GaAs/AlGaAs heterojunction bipolar transistor (HBT) with a VCSEL is described, using the same epilayer structure upon which binary HPT/VCSEL optical switches are also built. The monolithic HBT/VCSEL switch has high current gain, low power dissipation, and a high optical to electrical conversion efficiency. Its modulation response has been measured and modeled.
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Julian Cheng, Ping Zhou, John C. Zolper, Kevin L. Lear, G. Allen Vawter, Ronald E. Leibenguth, and A. Curtis Adams "Reconfigurable optical switches with monolithic electrical-to-optical interfaces", Proc. SPIE 2153, Optoelectronic Interconnects II, (2 May 1994);

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