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Spectral engineering of lithographically scribed channel waveguide gratings
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Paper Abstract

We propose and demonstrate a powerful new approach to spectral bandpass engineering (apodization) of one-dimensional channel-waveguide Bragg reflectors. Bandpass engineering is accomplished via precise photolithographic control over the transverse width and longitudinal placement of individual grating lines which, respectively, provide unique line-by-line diffractive amplitude and phase control. Several channel waveguide gratings exhibiting complex filtering functions based on the present apodization method have been fabricated and modeled. They include an essentially polarization -insensitive 4-nm wide flat-top filter with steep roll-off and a multi-passband spectral decoder, useful, e.g., for optical spectral code-division multiplexing or spectral signature recognition. When a second-order apodization effect, comprising effective waveguide refractive index variation with grating-line transverse width, is included in the simulation, extraordinary agreement between predicted and observed spectral passband profiles is obtained.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 June 2004
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 5350, Optical Components and Materials, (14 June 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.529585
Show Author Affiliations
Christoph Greiner, LightSmyth Technologies, Inc. (United States)
Dmitri Iazikov, LightSmyth Technologies, Inc. (United States)
Thomas W. Mossberg, LightSmyth Technologies, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5350:
Optical Components and Materials
Michel J. F. Digonnet; Shibin Jiang, Editor(s)

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