Patent Number: 7,356,216

Title: Optical cross-connect

Abstract: An optical cross-connect is provided. The optical cross-connect includes a glass wedge, having a front end and a back end, positioned between a first one-dimensional collimator array and a second one-dimensional collimator array, where the first collimator array includes a first V-groove array having a first set of etched grooves for placing a first group of optical fibers and the second collimator array includes a second V-groove array having a second set of etched grooves for placing a second group of optical fibers; and a MEMS substrate attached at a fixed distance to the front end of the glass wedge, where the front end is covered in a reflective coating for reflecting light from the first and second collimator arrays onto the MEMS substrate.

Inventors: Martin; Graham J. (Woodland Hills, CA), Ma; Jian (Thousand Oaks, CA), Tsai; Chialun (Thousand Oaks, CA)

Assignee: The Boeing Company

International Classification: G02B 6/26 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2020-04-08 0:00:00