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Optical Engineering

Polymeric waveguide prism-based electro-optic beam deflector
Author(s): Lin Sun; Jin-ha Kim; Chiou-Hung Jang; Dechang An; Xuejun Lu; Qingjun Zhou; John Martin Taboada; Ray T. Chen; Jeffery J. Maki; Suning Tang; Hua Zhang; William H. Steier; Cheng H. Zhang; Larry Raymond Dalton
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Paper Abstract

Beam steering devices without moving parts are highly desirable for their potential application in emerging optical technologies such as holographic optical storage systems, all optical networks, and optical switches. We demonstrate a thin-film waveguide beam deflector device that consists of an electro-optic prism array within a polymer waveguide. An electrode structure defines the prism array within the planar waveguide. The deflection efficiency of 28 mrad/kV and the maximum deflection angle of ±8.4 mrad at ±300 V are obtained for this demonstration device. Further optimization of electrode-field poling and processing is likely to improve these results by at least an order of magnitude.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 July 2001
PDF: 6 pages
Opt. Eng. 40(7) doi: 10.1117/1.1385164
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 40, Issue 7
Show Author Affiliations
Lin Sun, Univ. of Texas/Austin (United States)
Jin-ha Kim, Univ. of Texas/Austin (United States)
Chiou-Hung Jang, Univ. of Texas/Austin (United States)
Dechang An, Univ. of Texas/Austin (United States)
Xuejun Lu, Univ. of Texas/Austin (United States)
Qingjun Zhou, Univ. of Texas/Austin (United States)
John Martin Taboada, Univ. of Texas/Austin (United States)
Ray T. Chen, Radiant Photonics (United States)
Jeffery J. Maki, Radiant Photonics (United States)
Suning Tang, DigiLens, Inc. (United States)
Hua Zhang, Univ. of Southern California (United States)
William H. Steier, Univ. of Southern California (United States)
Cheng H. Zhang, Univ. of Southern California (United States)
Larry Raymond Dalton, Univ. of Washington and Univ. of Southern California (United States)

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