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Push-broom imaging spectrometer based on planar lightwave circuit MZI array
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Paper Abstract

We propose a large aperture static imaging spectrometer (LASIS) based on planar lightwave circuit (PLC) MZI array. The imaging spectrometer works in the push-broom mode with the spectrum performed by interferometry. While the satellite/aircraft is orbiting, the same source, seen from the satellite/aircraft, moves across the aperture and enters different MZIs, while adjacent sources enter adjacent MZIs at the same time. The on-chip spectrometer consists of 256 input mode converters, followed by 256 MZIs with linearly increasing optical path delays and a detector array. Multiple chips are stick together to form the 2D image surface and receive light from the imaging lens. Two MZI arrays are proposed, one works in wavelength ranging from 500nm to 900nm with SiON(refractive index 1.6) waveguides and another ranging from 1100nm to 1700nm with SOI platform. To meet the requirements of imaging spectrometer applications, we choose large cross-section ridge waveguide to achieve polarization insensitive, maintain single mode propagation in broad spectrum and increase production tolerance. The SiON on-chip spectrometer has a spectral resolution of 80cm-1 with a footprint of 17×15mm2 and the SOI based on-chip spectrometer has a resolution of 38cm-1 with a size of 22×19mm2. The spectral and space resolution of the imaging spectrometer can be further improved by simply adding more MZIs. The on-chip waveguide MZI array based Fourier transform imaging spectrometer can provide a highly compact solution for remote sensing on unmanned aerial vehicles or satellites with advantages of small size, light weight, no moving parts and large input aperture.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 May 2017
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 10210, Next-Generation Spectroscopic Technologies X, 102100O (3 May 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2257562
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Minyue Yang, Zhejiang Univ. (China)
Mingyu Li, Zhejiang Univ. (China)
Jian-Jun He, Zhejiang Univ. (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10210:
Next-Generation Spectroscopic Technologies X
Mark A. Druy; Richard A. Crocombe; Steven M. Barnett; Luisa T. Profeta, Editor(s)

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