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Design and simulation of a planar micro-optic free-space receiver
Author(s): Brett R. Nadler; Justin M. Hallas; Jason H. Karp; Joseph E. Ford
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Paper Abstract

We propose a compact directional optical receiver for free-space communications, where a microlens array and micro-optic structures selectively couple light from a narrow incidence angle into a thin slab waveguide and then to an edge-mounted detector. A small lateral translation of the lenslet array controls the coupled input angle, enabling the receiver to select the transmitter source direction. We present the optical design and simulation of a 10mm x 10mm aperture receiver using a 30μm thick silicon waveguide able to couple up to 2.5Gbps modulated input to a 10mm x 30μm wide detector.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 November 2017
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 10590, International Optical Design Conference 2017, 105901I (27 November 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2306358
Show Author Affiliations
Brett R. Nadler, Univ. of California, San Diego (United States)
Justin M. Hallas, Univ. of California, San Diego (United States)
Jason H. Karp, Univ. of California, San Diego (United States)
Joseph E. Ford, Univ. of California, San Diego (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10590:
International Optical Design Conference 2017
Peter P. Clark; Julius A. Muschaweck; Richard N. Pfisterer; John R. Rogers, Editor(s)

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