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APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 50, Iss. 24 — Aug. 20, 2011
  • pp: 4894–4902

Basic angles in microelectromechanical system scanning grating spectrometers

Tino Puegner, Jens Knobbe, and Hubert Lakner  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 50, Issue 24, pp. 4894-4902 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.50.004894


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Abstract

Modern miniaturized scanning grating spectrometers (SGSs) are often based on microelectromechanical system devices. In contrast to classical spectrometers, such systems exhibit additional design constraints, like a symmetrical motion of the grating with a limited deflection. A detailed mathematical analysis of typical SGS configurations based on the grating equation considering these constraints is presented. Equations that relate the basic angles on a scanning grating to the grating properties and the attainable wavelength range of a spectrometer are derived, and the solution set is examined. Furthermore, the analytical description can be used to optimize SGSs with symmetrically moving gratings. The attainable spectral range for a given deflection amplitude of the grating can be calculated. Alternatively, the required grating properties can be determined for a given spectral range.

© 2011 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(120.4140) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Monochromators
(220.2740) Optical design and fabrication : Geometric optical design

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

History
Original Manuscript: May 27, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: July 13, 2011
Published: August 19, 2011

Citation
Tino Puegner, Jens Knobbe, and Hubert Lakner, "Basic angles in microelectromechanical system scanning grating spectrometers," Appl. Opt. 50, 4894-4902 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-50-24-4894


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