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High-performance electro-optically tunable birefringent interleaver filters
Author(s): Juan Zhang; Liren Liu; Yu Zhou; Nan Xu; Lijuan Wang
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Paper Abstract

Tunable interleaver filters are very important in DWDM applications. To be effective, it is required that the filters must possess wide passband (or stopband) width, high isolation, small channel spacing, high tuning speed an so on simultaneously. Whereas, for the small birefringence of all the natural crystals and synthesized crystals, it is quite difficult for the available birefringent interleavers to have the channel spacing smaller than 50GHz and other properties mentioned above simultaneously. This paper proposes a novel electro-optically tunable birefringent interleaver filter, which solves the problem successfully. It is based on cascaded analog birefringent structures. The filter of this configuration can achieve small channel spacing (≤50GHz), wide passband and stopband width (>1/5 period) and high isolation (<-30dB). When voltage is applied on electro-optical crystal plates in analog birefringent structures, the filter also possesses the function of high-speed (submicrosecond) center-frequency tunability simultaneously. A most efficient electro-optic configuration, which needs the lowest operating voltage and has not walk-off effect of extraordinary ray in the crystals, is proposed and analyzed. A prototypical experiment verifies the electro-optic tunability of this filter as well.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 October 2004
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5524, Novel Optical Systems Design and Optimization VII, (22 October 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.557895
Show Author Affiliations
Juan Zhang, Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics (China)
Liren Liu, Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics (China)
Yu Zhou, Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics (China)
Nan Xu, Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics (China)
Lijuan Wang, Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5524:
Novel Optical Systems Design and Optimization VII
Jose M. Sasian; R. John Koshel; Paul K. Manhart; Richard C. Juergens, Editor(s)

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