Citation: Martin , W E 1975 , ' A new waveguide switch/modulator for integrated optics ' Applied Physics Letters , vol 26 , no. 10 , pp. 562-564 . DOI: 10.1063/1.87992
A waveguide optical switch and/or modulator device is described that uses a single-mode waveguide version of the Mach-Zehnder interferometer. A mode selective branching waveguide is used for switching, and modulation can be accomplished without external polarizers in single-mode waveguides. The operation of a 1×2 switch fabricated by diffusion techniques in ZnSe is described.