Electrowetting controlled non-volatile integrated optical switch

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Günther, S.
Gropp, S.
Hoffmann, M.
D'heer, H.
van Thourhout, D.
Neft, A.
Bartels, F.
Gradkowski, Kamil
Carroll, Lee
O'Brien, Peter A.
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We present the proof of concept of the first non-volatile bistable fiber optic switch combining integrated optics and electrowetting-actuated microfluidics. Design and realization of both EWOD and photonic layer are presented and successful switching of a 2×4 network is demonstrated.
Integrated optics , Microfluidics , Optical bistability , Optical switches , Wetting , Electrowetting-actuated microfluidics , Nonvolatile bistable fiber optic switch , Photonic layer , EWOD , Electrowetting controlled nonvolatile integrated optical switch , Liquids , Optical fibers , Optical coupling
Günther, S., Gropp, S., Hoffmann, M., D’heer, H., v. Thourhout, D., Neft, A., Bartels, F., Gradkowski, K., Carroll, L., O’Brien, P., Lerma-arce, C. and Watté, J. (2018) 'Electrowetting Controlled Non-Volatile Integrated Optical Switch', 2018 European Conference on Optical Communication (ECOC), Rome, Italy, 23-27 Sept. 2018, (3 pp). doi: 10.1109/ECOC.2018.8535585
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