Patent Number: 7,085,446

Title: Optical multi/demultiplexer

Abstract: An optical multi/demultiplexer having a desirable multiplexing-and-demultiplexing performance throughout the entire wavelength band for signal transmission, and an optical multiplexer whose multiplexing performance is less susceptible to the shift of the center wavelength and to the fluctuation of the center wavelength due to temperature change and whose optical circuit can be miniaturized. The optical multi/demultiplexer comprises a substrate and an optical circuit formed on the substrate. The optical circuit comprises a circuit having a wavelength dependency, which may be a Mach-Zehnder interferometer (MZI), and a Y-junction. In one aspect of the optical circuit, the Y-junction is connected to one end of each of the two optical waveguides included in an MZI. In another aspect of the optical circuit, the Y-junction is connected to one end of an optical waveguide included in an MZI and to one end of another optical waveguide, whether it is independent or belongs to another MZI.

Inventors: Hatayama; Hitoshi (Kanagawa, JP)

Assignee: Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.

International Classification: G02B 6/28 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/01/02018