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Active resonant subwavelength grating for scannerless range imaging sensors
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We present the design and initial fabrication for a wavelength-agile, high-speed modulator that enables a long-term vision for the THz Scannerless Range Imaging (SRI) sensor. This modulator takes the place of the currently utilized SRI micro-channel plate which is limited to photocathode sensitive wavelengths (primarily in the visible and near-IR regimes). The new component is an active Resonant Subwavelength Grating (RSG). An RSG functions as an extremely narrow wavelength and angular band reflector, or mode selector. Theoretical studies predict that the infinite, laterally-extended RSG can reflect 100% of the resonant light while transmitting the balance of the other wavelengths. Previous experimental realization of these remarkable predictions has been impacted primarily by fabrication challenges. Even so, we have demonstrated large-area (1.0mm) passive RSG reflectivity as high as 100.2%, normalized to deposited gold. In this work, we transform the passive RSG design into an active laser-line modulator.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 February 2007
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6469, Optical Components and Materials IV, 646906 (9 February 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.701662
Show Author Affiliations
S. A. Kemme, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
R. R. Boye, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
D. W. Peters, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
R. O. Nellums, Sandia National Labs. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6469:
Optical Components and Materials IV
Shibin Jiang; Michel J. F. Digonnet, Editor(s)

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