The present invention provides an active semiconductor optical switch for a 1xN interconnect switch having an input light channel, a plurality of output light channels, and a steering section coupled between the input and output channels. The steering section selectively directs an input light signal from the input light channel to an M number of the plurality of output light channels, where M ranges from one to the total number of output light channels of the plurality. The steering section includes transversely-spaced first and second elongate electrical contacts and an elongate slab waveguide extending therebetween. The slab waveguide is formed from a material having an optical refractive index responsive to a first electrical current applied to the first electrical contact and a second electrical current applied to the second electrical contact. Application of the first and second electrical currents to the first and second electrical contacts varies the refractive index of the slab waveguide so as to affect transmission of the input light signal to the unselected output channels. The switch of the present invention may provide two, three, four, or more selectable output light channels.
US 6,404,944 B1
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College of Optics and Photonics
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Wa, Patrick and Dong, Xuesong, "Monolithic integrated active semiconductor optical waveguides for 1xN interconnect switch." (2002). UCF Patents. 762.