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21 April 2003 Digital optical switch based on amorphous silicon waveguide
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Proceedings Volume 5117, VLSI Circuits and Systems; (2003)
Event: Microtechnologies for the New Millennium 2003, 2003, Maspalomas, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain
The performances of a digital optical switch, based on the thermo-optic effect in amorphous silicon, are investigated for the first time to our knowledge. Numerical simulations show that the strong thermo-optic effect of amorphous silicon, combiend with the possibiltiy of realizing micrometric integrated structures, allows the realization of efficient waveguide devices capable of microsecond switching times. The switch, operating at the IR communications wavelength of 1550 nm, can be easily integrated in silicon optoelectronic circuits and is thought for low-cost photonic applications.
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Luigi Sirleto, Mario Iodice, Francesco G. Della Corte, and Ivo Rendina "Digital optical switch based on amorphous silicon waveguide", Proc. SPIE 5117, VLSI Circuits and Systems, (21 April 2003);

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