Scalable Liquid Crystal Optical Switches: Fiction or Reality?
Faculty of Computing, Health and Science
School of Engineering and Mathematics
One of the most critical elements within the framework of wavelength division multiplexing optical network is the optical cross-connect. The core of an optical cross-connect is the optical switch capable of switching a large number of input and output fibers. In this paper, we report the design of a polarization independent liquid crystal optical switch. It is pointed out that liquid crystal spatial light modulator technology is a very competitive technology to realize a large-scale reconfigurable optical switch.