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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Editor: James C. Wyant
  • Vol. 46, Iss. 16 — Jun. 1, 2007
  • pp: 3323–3331

Bulk electro-optic deflector-based switches

Yiying Zuo, Madeleine Mony, Babak Bahamin, Etienne Grondin, Vincent Aimez, and David V. Plant  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 46, Issue 16, pp. 3323-3331 (2007)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.46.003323


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Abstract

We propose two novel electro-optic (EO) deflectors based on two new nonrectangular geometries: the parabolic and the half-horn configurations. These devices not only provide excellent deflection angles, but also have the potential to build nonblocking 2 × 2 optical switches. A deflector figure of merit is defined, and comparisons with existing EO deflectors are given. Devices fabricated in LiTaO 3 demonstrate 3   dB of average insertion loss and 3° deflection angles. These results represent the best deflection performances to our knowledge reported to date for bulk EO deflectors.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(230.0230) Optical devices : Optical devices
(230.2090) Optical devices : Electro-optical devices

ToC Category:
Optical Devices

History
Original Manuscript: December 18, 2006
Revised Manuscript: February 16, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: February 16, 2007
Published: May 15, 2007

Citation
Yiying Zuo, Madeleine Mony, Babak Bahamin, Etienne Grondin, Vincent Aimez, and David V. Plant, "Bulk electro-optic deflector-based switches," Appl. Opt. 46, 3323-3331 (2007)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-46-16-3323

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