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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 13 — Jun. 21, 2010
  • pp: 13655–13660

Two-dimensional optical phased array antenna on silicon-on-insulator

Karel Van Acoleyen, Hendrik Rogier, and Roel Baets  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 13, pp. 13655-13660 (2010)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.18.013655


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Abstract

Optical wireless links can offer a very large bandwidth and can act as a complementary technology to radio-frequency links. However, optical components nowadays are rather bulky. Therefore, we have investigated the potential of silicon photonics to fabricate integrated components for wireless optical communication. This paper presents a two-dimensional phased array antenna consisting of grating couplers that couple light off-chip. Wavelength steering of 0.24°/nm is presented, reducing the need of active phase modulators. The required steering range is 1.5°. The 3dB angular coverage range of these antennas is 0.007π sr with a directivity of more than 38dBi and antenna losses smaller than 3dB.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1950) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction gratings
(130.3120) Integrated optics : Integrated optics devices
(060.2605) Fiber optics and optical communications : Free-space optical communication

ToC Category:
Integrated Optics

History
Original Manuscript: March 24, 2010
Revised Manuscript: May 28, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: June 2, 2010
Published: June 10, 2010

Citation
Karel Van Acoleyen, Hendrik Rogier, and Roel Baets, "Two-dimensional optical phased array antenna on silicon-on-Insulator," Opt. Express 18, 13655-13660 (2010)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-18-13-13655


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