Materials, Photonic Devices, and Sensors

Optimization of a T-shaped optical grating for specific applications

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Tamás Szarvas

Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Department of Atomic Physics, 1111 Budapest, Budafoki út 8., Hungary

Zsolt Kis

Wigner Research Center for Physics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 1121 Budapest, Konkoly-Thege Miklós út 29-33., Hungary

Opt. Eng. 55(7), 077103 (Jul 21, 2016). doi:10.1117/1.OE.55.7.077103
History: Received May 1, 2016; Accepted July 1, 2016
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Abstract.  A detailed analysis of the optical reflectivity of a monolithic, T-shaped surface relief grating structure is carried out. It is shown that by changing the groove depths and widths, the frequency-dependent reflectivity of the diffraction grating can be greatly modified to obtain various specific optical elements. The basic T-shaped grating structure is optimized for three specific applications: a perfect mirror with a wide maximal reflection plateau, a bandpass filter, and a dichroic beam splitter. These specific mirrors could be used to steer the propagation of bichromatic laser fields, in situations where multilayer dielectric mirrors cannot be applied due to their worse thermomechanical properties. Colored maps are presented to show the reflection dependency on the variation of several critical structure parameters. To check the accuracy of the numerical results, four independent methods are used: finite-difference time-domain, finite-difference frequency-domain, method of lines, and rigorous coupled-wave analysis. The results of the independent numerical methods agree very well with each other indicating their correctness.

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Tamás Szarvas and Zsolt Kis
"Optimization of a T-shaped optical grating for specific applications", Opt. Eng. 55(7), 077103 (Jul 21, 2016). ; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.OE.55.7.077103


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