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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 10 — May. 20, 2013
  • pp: 11889–11900

Design and fabrication of a planar PDMS transmission grating microspectrometer

Seyed M. Azmayesh-Fard, Lawrence Lam, Aaron Melnyk, and Ray G. DeCorby  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 10, pp. 11889-11900 (2013)

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We describe the monolithic integration of microfluidic channels, optical waveguides, a collimating lens and a curved focusing transmission grating in a single PDMS-based microsystem. All optical and fluidic components of the device were simultaneously formed in a single layer of high refractive index (n~1.43) PDMS by soft lithography. Outer layers of lower-index (n~1.41) PDMS were subsequently added to provide optical and fluidic confinement. Here, we focus on the design and characterization of the microspectrometer part, which employs a novel self-focusing strategy based on cylindrical facets, and exhibits resolution <10 nm in the visible wavelength range. The dispersive behavior of the grating was analyzed both experimentally and using numerical simulations, and the results are in good agreement with simplified analytical predictions.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1950) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction gratings
(230.7405) Optical devices : Wavelength conversion devices
(130.5460) Integrated optics : Polymer waveguides

ToC Category:
Integrated Optics

Original Manuscript: March 19, 2013
Revised Manuscript: April 25, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: May 1, 2013
Published: May 8, 2013

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Seyed M. Azmayesh-Fard, Lawrence Lam, Aaron Melnyk, and Ray G. DeCorby, "Design and fabrication of a planar PDMS transmission grating microspectrometer," Opt. Express 21, 11889-11900 (2013)

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