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In optical fiber communication systems, the Arrayed Waveguide Grating (AWG) is commonly used to multiplex or demultiplex wavelength channels. Current optical technologies have difficulty in integrating device components with a high speed optoelectronic modulator in a simple, cost effective, and manufacturable configuration.

Purdue University researchers have developed a novel optical communications system that is capable of multiplexing multiple, parallel electronic data streams onto a very high speed optical data channel.

Advantages:
-Provides direct optical access to the individual guides in the waveguide array
-Scalable to higher or lower channel rates
-Pulse spacing as small as one picosecond have been demonstrated

Potential Applications:
-Computing
-Optics
May 28, 2004
Utility Patent
United States
6,934,445
Aug 23, 2005

May 29, 2003
Provisional-Patent
United States
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