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  • Vol. 17, Iss. 7 — Mar. 30, 2009
  • pp: 5556–5570

Propagation of data-modulated Gaussian beams through holographic optical elements

Jing M. Tsui, Charles Thompson, and Jeffrey M. Roth  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 7, pp. 5556-5570 (2009)

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This paper examines dispersion caused by diffraction through uniform volume holographic gratings. Of interest is the impact of this dispersion on the spatial and temporal fidelity of an optical communications signal. To this end, a holographic grating is illuminated by a Gaussian beam with 1/e2 diameter large compared to the optical wavelength. Coupled-wave analysis is used to calculate the temporal response of the grating to transmitted symbols encoded in time as a train of Gaussian-shaped pulses. It is shown that temporal dispersion due to diffraction impacts bit-error performance, yielding increased power penalty for larger diffraction angles and beam diameters.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1950) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction gratings
(060.4510) Fiber optics and optical communications : Optical communications
(090.2890) Holography : Holographic optical elements
(090.7330) Holography : Volume gratings
(260.2110) Physical optics : Electromagnetic optics
(050.1755) Diffraction and gratings : Computational electromagnetic methods

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Original Manuscript: January 9, 2009
Revised Manuscript: February 20, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: March 3, 2009
Published: March 24, 2009

Jing M. Tsui, Charles Thompson, and Jeffrey M. Roth, "Propagation of data-modulated Gaussian beams through holographic optical elements," Opt. Express 17, 5556-5570 (2009)

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