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Title: Polarization-independent optical wavelength filter for channel dropping applications

The polarization dependence of optical wavelength filters is eliminated by using waveguide directional couplers. Material birefringence is used to compensate for the waveguide (electromagnetic) birefringence which is the original cause of the polarization dependence. Material birefringence is introduced in a controllable fashion by replacing bulk waveguide layers by finely layered composites, such as multiple quantum wells using III-V semiconductor materials. The filter has use in wavelength-division-multiplexed fiber optic communication systems. This filter has broad application for wavelength-tunable receivers in fiber optic communication links, which may be used for telecommunications, optical computer interconnect links, or fiber optic sensor systems. Since multiple-wavelength systems are increasingly being used for all of these applications, the filter is useable whenever a rapidly tunable, wavelength-filtering receiver is required.
Inventors:
 [1];  [2]
  1. (Pleasanton, CA)
  2. (Livermore, CA)
Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
870411
Assignee:
Regents of University of California (Oakland, CA) LLNL
Patent Number(s):
US 5515461
Contract Number:
W-7405-ENG-48
Research Org:
Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
polarization-independent; optical; wavelength; filter; channel; dropping; applications; polarization; dependence; filters; eliminated; waveguide; directional; couplers; material; birefringence; compensate; electromagnetic; original; introduced; controllable; fashion; replacing; bulk; layers; finely; layered; composites; multiple; quantum; iii-v; semiconductor; materials; wavelength-division-multiplexed; fiber; optic; communication; systems; broad; application; wavelength-tunable; receivers; links; telecommunications; computer; interconnect; sensor; multiple-wavelength; increasingly; useable; whenever; rapidly; tunable; wavelength-filtering; receiver; required; optical wavelength; broad application; directional coupler; semiconductor materials; fiber optic; semiconductor material; optic sensor; sensor systems; wavelength filter; optical wave; communication systems; iii-v semiconductor; optic communication; multiple quantum; communication link; /385/

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