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Title: Method and apparatus of wide-angle optical beamsteering from a nanoantenna phased array

An optical beam-steering apparatus is provided. The apparatus includes one or more optical waveguides and at least one row of metallic nanoantenna elements overlying and electromagnetically coupled to a respective waveguide. In each such row, individual nanoantenna elements are spaced apart along an optical propagation axis of the waveguide so that there is an optical propagation phase delay between successive pairs of nanoantenna elements along the row. The apparatus also includes a respective single electric heating element in thermal contact with each of the waveguides. Each heating element is arranged to heat, substantially uniformly, at least that portion of its waveguide that directly underlies the corresponding row of nanoantenna elements.
Inventors:
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Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1209346
Assignee:
Sandia Corporation (Albuquerque, NM) SSO
Patent Number(s):
9,104,086
Application Number:
14/188,269
Contract Number:
AC04-94AL85000
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 2014 Feb 24
Research Org:
Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
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