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Variable gratings for optical switching: rigorous electromagnetic simulation and design
Author(s): Dan Gani; Mark Auslender; Shlomo Hava
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Paper Abstract

This paper is devoted to the analysis of the optical performance of movable-beam grating structures with both lateral and vertical displacement of the beams. We show that in the vector-diffraction domain one can design high- efficiency switches (e.g. between beam transmitter and beamsplitter mode) and modulators for polarized radiation. The devices exhibit a good tolerance to fabrication and mounting errors and a functional flexibility. In addition, by simulating the optical performance of polysilicon micro- electro-mechanical grating structures at a visible wavelength, reported in the literature, we demonstrate that our tools for rigorous electromagnetic simulation of grating structures work well in the scalar-diffraction domain.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 October 1998
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 3429, Current Developments in Optical Design and Engineering VII, (29 October 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.328539
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Dan Gani, Ben-Gurion Univ. of the Negev (Israel)
Mark Auslender, Ben-Gurion Univ. of the Negev (Israel)
Shlomo Hava, Ben-Gurion Univ. of the Negev (Israel)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3429:
Current Developments in Optical Design and Engineering VII
Alson E. Hatheway; Robert E. Fischer; Malachy McConnell; Lawrence M. Germann; Lawrence M. Germann; Alson E. Hatheway; Malachy McConnell; Warren J. Smith, Editor(s)

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