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Lucent Technologies' Bell Labs Scientists Use Micro-Mirrors And Free-Space Optics To Route And Switch Lightwave Signals

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February 16, 1998
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Bell Labs scientists have combined free-space optics and microscopic mirrors to route and switch individual wavelengths, or colors, of light transmitted simultaneously on an optical fiber.

MURRAY HILL, N.J. – Scientists at Bell Labs, the research and development arm of Lucent Technologies, have demonstrated an experimental device that combines free-space optics and microscopic mirrors to route and switch individual wavelengths, or colors, of light transmitted simultaneously on an optical fiber. The micro-mirrors -- so small that about 100 of them would fit on the head of a pin -- are used to add or drop specific wavelengths, switching them in and out of the transmission fiber, without disturbing the remaining channels.


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