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Optical Switches by S Chua, B Li

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Summary: key trends in optical switches

B.J. Li,     Sun Yat-Sen University, China,

S.J. Chua,     National University of Singapore, Singapore

Optical switches are important devices for applications in optical communications, networks and systems. These can reduce the cost of network and increase fiber transmission capacity and, at the same time, distribute optical signals to different subscribers by electro-optic effect, acousto-optic effect, thermo-optic effect, magneto-optic effect, nonlinear optic effect, micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) principle, semiconductor optical amplifier (SOA) principle, liquid crystal principle, photonic crystal principle, holographic principle, quantum well/ dots, etc.

Optical switches utilizing electro-optic ...

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