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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 22, Iss. 15 — Jul. 28, 2014
  • pp: 17880–17889

Dynamic diffraction-limited light-coupling of 3D-maneuvered wave-guided optical waveguides

Mark Villangca, Andrew Bañas, Darwin Palima, and Jesper Glückstad  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 22, Issue 15, pp. 17880-17889 (2014)

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We have previously proposed and demonstrated the targeted-light delivery capability of wave-guided optical waveguides (WOWs). As the WOWs are maneuvered in 3D space, it is important to maintain efficient light coupling through the waveguides within their operating volume. We propose the use of dynamic diffractive techniques to create diffraction-limited spots that will track and couple to the WOWs during operation. This is done by using a spatial light modulator to encode the necessary diffractive phase patterns to generate the multiple and dynamic coupling spots. The method is initially tested for a single WOW and we have experimentally demonstrated dynamic tracking and coupling for both lateral and axial displacements.

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OCIS Codes
(090.1970) Holography : Diffractive optics
(170.4520) Medical optics and biotechnology : Optical confinement and manipulation
(220.4000) Optical design and fabrication : Microstructure fabrication
(230.7370) Optical devices : Waveguides

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Integrated Optics

Original Manuscript: May 13, 2014
Revised Manuscript: July 1, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: July 8, 2014
Published: July 16, 2014

Mark Villangca, Andrew Bañas, Darwin Palima, and Jesper Glückstad, "Dynamic diffraction-limited light-coupling of 3D-maneuvered wave-guided optical waveguides," Opt. Express 22, 17880-17889 (2014)

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