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Multifunctional Diffractive Optical Elements for Free Space Optical Interconnects

Research Area: Nanophotonics Year: 1999
Type of Publication: Article Keywords: diffractive optical elements, multifunctional diffractive optical elements, form birefringence, free space optical interconnects, optoelectronic device packaging
Authors: Xu, F.; Tyan, R. -C.; Sun, P. -C.; Ford, J. E.; Krishnamoorthy, A. V.; Scherer, Axel; Marom, D.; Shames, P.; Fainman, Y.
Journal: Optical Memory and Neural Networks Volume: 8
Number: 3 Pages: 177-185
Multifunctional diffractive optical elements in polarization or color are reviewed. These elements are general purpose diffractive optical elements that have independent impulse responses for orthogonal polarizations or for different wavelengths. Three different implementation approaches to construct these multifunctional elements are described. These approaches rely on rigorous modeling and microfabrication processes. Application demonstrations of these multifunctional diffractive optical elements in packaging optoelectronic devices and in constructing compact transparent optical interconnection networks are also described.
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