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N port fiber optical switch

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NRL

An N port fiber optical switch includes a movable housing having a perimeter and N corners; a plurality N of optical fibers positioned within the housing and inside the perimeter; and a plurality N of actuators, wherein each actuator is positioned on a corresponding corner such that when selectively activated one or more of the actuators urges the movable housing and the plurality of optical fibers to a selected switch position. The switch provides short switching times and high power handling while allowing for a large number of ports and provides the capability of interfacing with and switching between a variable number of ports.

Inventors: 
Gattass, Rafael; Kung, Frederic H.; Shaw, Leslie Brandon; Aggarwal, Ishwar D.; Sanghera, Jasbinder S.; Busse, Lynda E.
Patent Number: 
Technical domain: 
Optics
FIle Date: 
2012-11-08
Grant Date: 
2015-01-06
Grant time: 
789 days
Grant time percentile rank: 
14
Claim count percentile rank: 
5
Citations percentile rank: 
1
'Cited by' percentile rank: 
1
Assignee: 
US NAVY