4 years ago

Hybrid Photonic-Plasmonic Non-blocking Broadband 5x5 Router for Optical Networks.

Ibrahim Sarpkaya, Vikram K. Narayana, Richard A. Soref, Joseph Crandall, Shuai Sun, Volker J. Sorger, Hamed Dalir, Tarek El-Ghazawi

Photonic data routing in optical networks overcomes the limitations of electronic routers with respect to data rate, latency, and energy consumption while suffering from dynamic power consumption, non-simultaneous usage of multiple wavelength channels, and large footprints. Here we show the first hybrid photonic-plasmonic, non-blocking, broadband 5x5 router. The compact footprint (<250 {\mu}m2) enables high operation speed (480 GHz) requiring only 82 fJ/bit (1.9 dB) of averaged energy consumption (routing loss). The router supports multi-wavelength up to 206 nm in the telecom band. Having a data-capacity of >70 Tbps, thus demonstrating key features required by future high data-throughput optical networks.

Publisher URL: http://arxiv.org/abs/1708.07159

DOI: arXiv:1708.07159v2

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