Optical engineering of photonic switching systems

Daniel J. Reiley, Martin Beckman, Jose Sasian

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Photonic switching systems image arrays of sources onto arrays of detectors and modulators. Even this simple functionality poses serious challenges for the optical engineer. Image quality must be excellent because the large modulator bandwidth demands small modulator size. Magnification and distortion must be precisely corrected for the spot array to fit onto the detector array. The system must be extraordinarily stable for the spots to stay on the detector array. For these reasons, photonic switching systems have traditionally been mounted on vibration isolated optical tables. This paper will describe our newest system, which is mounted in a standard electronics frame. Experimental results and design methodologies will be discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)379-385
Number of pages7
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - Nov 1 1996
EventCurrent Developments in Optical Design and Engineering VI 1996 - Denver, United States
Duration: Aug 4 1996Aug 9 1996


  • Optical design
  • Optical switching
  • Optomechanical design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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