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  • Vol. 43, Iss. 19 — Jul. 1, 2004
  • pp: 3854–3865

Diffraction of optical communication Gaussian beams by volume gratings: comparison of simulations and experimental results

Pierpaolo Boffi, Johann Osmond, Davide Piccinin, Maria Chiara Ubaldi, and Mario Martinelli  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 43, Issue 19, pp. 3854-3865 (2004)

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The diffraction effects induced by a thick holographic grating on the propagation of a finite Gaussian beam are theoretically analyzed by means of the coupled-wave theory and the beam propagation method. Distortion of the transmitted and diffracted beams is simulated as a function of the grating parameters. Theoretical results are verified by experimentation realized by use of LiNbO3 volume gratings read out by a 1550-nm Gaussian beam, typical of optical fiber communications. This analysis can be implemented as a useful tool to aid with the design of volume grating-based devices employed in optical communications.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1950) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction gratings
(050.1970) Diffraction and gratings : Diffractive optics
(060.4510) Fiber optics and optical communications : Optical communications
(090.2890) Holography : Holographic optical elements
(090.7330) Holography : Volume gratings

Original Manuscript: October 17, 2003
Revised Manuscript: March 31, 2004
Published: July 1, 2004

Pierpaolo Boffi, Johann Osmond, Davide Piccinin, Maria Chiara Ubaldi, and Mario Martinelli, "Diffraction of optical communication Gaussian beams by volume gratings: comparison of simulations and experimental results," Appl. Opt. 43, 3854-3865 (2004)

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