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  • Vol. 45, Iss. 1 — Jan. 1, 2006
  • pp: 122–130

One-dimensional to two-dimensional channel formatting with micro-optics for wavelength division multiplexing networks

Michaël Ménard, Frédéric Thomas-Dupuis, and Andrew G. Kirk  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 45, Issue 1, pp. 122-130 (2006)

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We present a method of interfacing a conventional wavelength multiplexing and demultiplexing device with a two-dimensional (2-D) array of surface-active elements, such as micro-electromechanical system devices or photodetectors. We use diffractive optical elements to transform wavelength division multiplexed signals spread along a line into a 2-D array. We applied this technique to build a device that is compatible with an arrayed-waveguide grating. The theoretical insertion loss predicted by combining beam propagation and rigorous coupled-wave analysis is 2.75 dB . However, the experimental loss is 10 dB . The difference is due to the poor quality of the diffraction gratings. Nevertheless, the formatting operation was performed successfully.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1970) Diffraction and gratings : Diffractive optics
(220.4830) Optical design and fabrication : Systems design
(230.1950) Optical devices : Diffraction gratings
(350.3950) Other areas of optics : Micro-optics
(350.4600) Other areas of optics : Optical engineering

Michaël Ménard, Frédéric Thomas-Dupuis, and Andrew G. Kirk, "One-dimensional to two-dimensional channel formatting with micro-optics for wavelength division multiplexing networks," Appl. Opt. 45, 122-130 (2006)

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