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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Vol. 20, Iss. 20 — Oct. 15, 1981
  • pp: 3600–3604

Design considerations and test results of an evanescent switch–attenuator

Kalman Wilner and Narayan P. Murarka  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 20, Issue 20, pp. 3600-3604 (1981)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.20.003600


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Abstract

An implementation technique of an evanescent switch using a cylindrical piezoelectric driver material is discussed. The driver has provisions for fine alignment of the prisms. The selection criteria for the choice of the prism material are evaluated in detail. The measured insertion loss was 10% ± 2%, and these are a 4000: 1 extinction ratio at 10.6 μm between the ON and OFF positions of the switch. The curve showing attenuation vs voltage applied across the piezoelectric driver indicates a large dynamic range for the device as a variable attenuator.

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History
Original Manuscript: May 13, 1981
Published: October 15, 1981

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Kalman Wilner and Narayan P. Murarka, "Design considerations and test results of an evanescent switch–attenuator," Appl. Opt. 20, 3600-3604 (1981)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-20-20-3600

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