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Experiment on signal extraction in photorefractive connection module with organic polymer PATPD
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Paper Abstract

We propose an optically controllable device Photorefractive Connection Module (PRCM) for free-space optical interconnection between boards. The optical signal composed of a large number of spatially divided channels passes through the photorefractive material which is core of PRCM. In the photorefractive material, diffraction gratings are induced only where the control beam and the pump beam are illuminated. The signal beams in desired spatial channels can be diffracted by setting an appropriate pattern of the control beam and extracted by separating from the control beam with a beam splitter. In this study, we use organic photorefractive polymer PATPD as the photorefractive material. Diffraction efficiency of PATPD is comparable with thick inorganic crystals although the thickness of PATPD is less than 1/10 of these crystals. Thin gratings have a large advantage for PRCM because the thickness of the gratings causes large crosstalk between spatial channels. In addition, the constraint of phase matching is reduced because the phase mismatch is proportional to the thickness of the material. The decrease of the phase mismatch provides large allowance for misalignment of incident angle of beams; therefore it becomes easy to adjust incident angles. We reveal the relation of diffraction efficiency to angular difference of PATPD by analysis and experiment. Diffraction efficiency decreases by half at the difference of 0.5o, which is about ten times larger than that of thick crystals. We demonstrate that it is possible to extract the signal beams in desired channels and reconfigure the extraction pattern according to optical control by using PATPD.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 December 2005
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6050, Optomechatronic Micro/Nano Devices and Components, 60500V (6 December 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.648718
Show Author Affiliations
Kazuhiro Harasaka, Hokkaido Univ. (Japan)
Atsushi Okamoto, Hokkaido Univ. (Japan)
Masatoshi Bunsen, Fukuoka Univ. (Japan)
Michiharu Yamamoto, Nitto Denko Technical Corp. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6050:
Optomechatronic Micro/Nano Devices and Components
Yoshitada Katagiri, Editor(s)

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