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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Vol. 39, Iss. 5 — Feb. 10, 2000
  • pp: 733–745

Design, implementation, and characterization of a kinematically aligned, cascaded spot- array generator for a modulator-based free-space optical interconnect

Daniel F.- Brosseau, Frédéric Lacroix, Michael H. Ayliffe, Eric Bernier, Brian Robertson, Frank A. P. Tooley, David V. Plant, and Andrew G. Kirk  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 39, Issue 5, pp. 733-745 (2000)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.39.000733


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Abstract

The design and the implementation of a modular spot-array generator for a modulator-based free-space optical interconnect is presented. Two cascaded diffractive optical elements produce 4 × 8 clusters on a 1600 µm × 800 µm pitch, where each cluster is a 4 × 4 array of (1/e2) 13.1-µm-radius spots on a 90-µm pitch. The spot-array generator is kinematically aligned to the interconnect system such that no realignment is necessary between removal and reinsertion. Characterization results are presented.

© 2000 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(050.0050) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction and gratings
(200.2610) Optics in computing : Free-space digital optics
(200.4650) Optics in computing : Optical interconnects

History
Original Manuscript: May 24, 1999
Revised Manuscript: October 25, 1999
Published: February 10, 2000

Citation
Daniel F.- Brosseau, Frédéric Lacroix, Michael H. Ayliffe, Eric Bernier, Brian Robertson, Frank A. P. Tooley, David V. Plant, and Andrew G. Kirk, "Design, implementation, and characterization of a kinematically aligned, cascaded spot- array generator for a modulator-based free-space optical interconnect," Appl. Opt. 39, 733-745 (2000)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-39-5-733

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