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Compound semiconductor optical waveguide switch

United States Patent

June 10, 2003
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An optical waveguide switch is disclosed which is formed from III-V compound semiconductors and which has a moveable optical waveguide with a cantilevered portion that can be bent laterally by an integral electrostatic actuator to route an optical signal (i.e. light) between the moveable optical waveguide and one of a plurality of fixed optical waveguides. A plurality of optical waveguide switches can be formed on a common substrate and interconnected to form an optical switching network.
Spahn; Olga B. (Albuquerque, NM), Sullivan; Charles T. (Albuquerque, NM), Garcia; Ernest J. (Albuquerque, NM)
Sandia Corporation (Albuquerque, NM)
09/ 928,199
August 9, 2001
GOVERNMENT RIGHTS This invention was made with Government support under Contract No. DE-AC04-94AL85000 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.