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  • Vol. 44, Iss. 7 — Mar. 1, 2005
  • pp: 1200–1206

Rigorous coupled wave analysis applied to transmission efficiency of diffractive beam array relays for free-space optical interconnects

Colin J. Alleyne and Andrew G. Kirk  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 44, Issue 7, pp. 1200-1206 (2005)

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Parallel high-density free-space optical interconnects typically relay multiple channels in an array configuration; thus, they require good uniformity across their aperture for optimum performance. Rigorous coupled wave analysis is used to determine the throughput off-axis diffraction efficiency for Fresnel lenses within a diffractive imaging relay. The rigorous results are compared with scalar theory and show a significant nonuniformity not predicted by scalar theory. However, the polarization sensitivity is found to be negligible for the f-numbers considered (f/2.9 to f/10.2). These results are supported by experiment.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1960) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction theory
(050.1970) Diffraction and gratings : Diffractive optics
(200.4650) Optics in computing : Optical interconnects
(220.3630) Optical design and fabrication : Lenses
(220.4830) Optical design and fabrication : Systems design
(350.3950) Other areas of optics : Micro-optics

Original Manuscript: July 29, 2004
Revised Manuscript: October 22, 2004
Manuscript Accepted: October 25, 2004
Published: March 1, 2005

Colin J. Alleyne and Andrew G. Kirk, "Rigorous coupled wave analysis applied to transmission efficiency of diffractive beam array relays for free-space optical interconnects," Appl. Opt. 44, 1200-1206 (2005)

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