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  • Vol. 37, Iss. 13 — May. 1, 1998
  • pp: 2729–2734

Integrated-optic array illuminator: a new design for guided-wave optical interconnections

Tingdi Liao and Stephen Sheard  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 37, Issue 13, pp. 2729-2734 (1998)

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An integrated array illuminator can be used not only as an optical power distributor for an array of guided-wave optic devices but also as a key element for guided-wave optical interconnections. We present a new design for an integrated-optic array illuminator with focusing waveguide diffractive doublet arrays. This integrated array illuminator allows independent optimizations of efficient and uniform optical power distribution and focusing performance. Furthermore, the device can be fabricated with all-optical lithographic technology and hence has the advantages of mass production with low cost.

© 1998 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(040.1240) Detectors : Arrays
(050.1970) Diffraction and gratings : Diffractive optics
(110.5220) Imaging systems : Photolithography
(130.0130) Integrated optics : Integrated optics
(200.4650) Optics in computing : Optical interconnects

Original Manuscript: August 8, 1997
Revised Manuscript: November 6, 1997
Published: May 1, 1998

Tingdi Liao and Stephen Sheard, "Integrated-optic array illuminator: a new design for guided-wave optical interconnections," Appl. Opt. 37, 2729-2734 (1998)

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