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Cascaded planar reflective gratings
Author(s): S. Bidnyk; M. Pearson; A. Balakrishnan; M. Gao
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Paper Abstract

Recent progress in the development of planar reflective gratings has resulted in the demonstration of multiplexers, comb filters, interleavers, power monitors, and receivers for long-haul and metro-area networks. Until recently, all of these devices were based on a single-grating architecture. We have now successfully designed, fabricated, and tested optical chips that are composed of cascaded planar reflective gratings. The chips have been realized in both additive and subtractive dispersion configurations. The versatility of cascaded gratings was utilized to produce a variety of optical responses, including single-mode transmission of wide bands (> 100 nm) with simultaneous demultiplexing of narrow optical channels with Gaussian and box-like responses. We have further demonstrated that cascaded gratings can be used to suppress optical noise and improve isolation. The devices were fabricated using a standard silica-on-silicon process with a refractive index contrast of 0.82% and have a remarkably small footprint of less than 0.3 sq. cm. We discuss the potential for tailoring of cascaded planar reflective gratings for applications in biophotonics, spectroscopy, and telecommunications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 February 2006
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 6123, Integrated Optics: Devices, Materials, and Technologies X, 61230O (24 February 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.643145
Show Author Affiliations
S. Bidnyk, Enablence Inc. (Canada)
M. Pearson, Enablence Inc. (Canada)
A. Balakrishnan, Enablence Inc. (Canada)
M. Gao, Enablence Inc. (Canada)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6123:
Integrated Optics: Devices, Materials, and Technologies X
Yakov Sidorin; Christoph A. Waechter, Editor(s)

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