Design and Simulation of Waveguide Electrooptic Beam Deflectors

T. E. Schlesinger, Yi Chiu, D. D. Stancil, R. S. Burton

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Numerical simulation based on the scalar beam propagation method was used to investigate the performance of waveguide electrooptic beam deflectors. The deflectors under investigation consist of a stack of electrooptically controlled prisms in a waveguide. The results were compared to earlier simplified analysis. It was found that for given overall device dimensions, the number of interfaces between prisms in a prism-type electrooptic deflector has significant influence on the device performance when it is small. To avoid wavefront distortion, unwanted reflection from the interfaces, and asymmetry in the deflection angles caused by small number of interfaces, one should use more than about ten interfaces in a typical deflector. Additional insights of device operation and design issues are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2049-2052
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Lightwave Technology
Issue number10
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1995


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