The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

Los Angeles Convention Center,
Los Angeles, California, USA

Short Courses

SC442 - Free Space Switching Systems: PXC and WSS

Monday, 20 March
09:00 - 12:00

Short Course Level: II

Instructor: David Neilson; Nokia Bell Labs, USA

Short Course Description:

This course will provide an overview of photonic cross connects (PXC) and wavelength selective switches (WSS), how they work and what the design trade offs are. The requirements and performance for theses switching subsystem will be reviewed. The course will explain the fundamentals optical schemes for these switches and how those can be translated into practical optical designs. An overview of the basic requirements and capabilities of the switching technologies MEMS, LCOS and others used in these systems will be given. Other critical technologies including polarization, gratings and lens and fiber arrays will be discussed. The testing of subsystem and the interpretation of the data analysis will be reviewed.  Recent results and alternative approaches form the research community will be discussed.

Short Course Benefits:

This course will enable you to:

• Identify key capablities and performance metrics of optical switching systems.

• Understand the basic design constraits of free space optical switches.

• Identify and understand the various component technologies that are used to construct these switches.

• Get an insight into future trends in research and product commercialization of optical switching systems.

Short Course Audience:

This advanced-beginner course is intended for a diverse audience including lightwave system and sub system researchers and engineers. Some basic knowledge of classical optics such as lenses, gratings and polarization optics will help in better understanding the course but is not a prerequisite.

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