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Optical Engineering

Electro-optic polymer prism beam deflector
Author(s): Wei-Chih Wang; Jingdong Luo; Alex K. Y. Jen
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Paper Abstract

We report on an optical beam deflector capable of achieving a large beam deflection using a planar thermoplastic-based electro-optic (EO) polymer prism. By optimizing the prism's geometry, relative position, and incident angle of the input beam, the device shows that a large deflection angle can be achieved through a relatively small index change from a single EO polymer prism stage. In this paper, we present the design and fabrication of the deflector using a simple hot-embossing technique. Beam deflection experiments were conducted, and a maximum deflection angle of 5.6 deg was observed, in agreement with our predicted value.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 November 2009
PDF: 6 pages
Opt. Eng. 48(11) 114601 doi: 10.1117/1.3264959
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 48, Issue 11
Show Author Affiliations
Wei-Chih Wang, Univ. of Washington (United States)
Jingdong Luo, Univ. of Washington (United States)
Alex K. Y. Jen, Univ. of Washington (United States)

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