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Optimum phase mask design and implementation for coupling light between two waveguides
Optimum phase mask design and implementation for coupling light between two waveguides

Date: Monday, December 2, 2013
Time: 4:00pm
Location: 125 Steele – Caltech
Speaker: Amir Arbabi

KNI/MDL Seminar

Planar optical elements based on sub-wavelength quasi-periodic structures enable excellent control of the phase and amplitude of free-space optical fields. These structures consist of two-dimensional patterns etched directly in a thin layer of material with a high index of refraction (such as silicon). The unprecedented phase control provided by these nano-patterns allows for simple implementation of arbitrary phase masks. These phase masks can be fabricated using standard micro-fabrication techniques and can be easily cascaded to realize complete control over the beam shape. I will present theory and design methods we developed for determining the optimum phase masks for coupling the light from one waveguide to another. I will also discuss the simulation method for the design of quasi-periodic structures, and present simulation results and our approach for integrating these nano-structures on tip of optical fibers.

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