Hunsperger, Robert G. Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware.
- Guided waves
- Materials and fabrication
- Coupling of external light beams
- Lasers and distributed feedback
- Switches and modulators
- Spectrum analyzer
- Wavelength division multiplexing
- Photonic crystals
- Links to Primary Literature
- Additional Readings
The study of optical devices that are based on light transmission in planar waveguides, that is, dielectric structures that confine the propagating light to a region with one or two very small dimensions, on the order of the optical wavelength. The principal motivation for these studies is to combine miniaturized individual devices through waveguides or other means into a functional optical system incorporated into a small substrate. The resulting system is called an integrated optical circuit (IOC) by analogy with the semiconductor type of integrated circuit. Alternative names for an IOC include optoelectronic integrated circuit (OEIC), optical integrated circuit (OIC), and photonic integrated circuit (PIC). An integrated optical circuit could include lasers, integrated lenses, switches, interferometers, polarizers, modulators, detectors, and so forth. Important uses envisioned for integrated optical circuits include signal processing (for example, spectrum analysis and analog-to-digital conversion) and optical communications through glass or plastic fibers, which are themselves circular (or elliptical) waveguides. Integrated optical circuits could be used in such systems as optical transmitters, switches, repeaters, and receivers. See also: Integrated circuits; Optical communications; Optical fibers; Signal processing
The content above is only an excerpt.
for your institution. Subscribe
To learn more about subscribing to AccessScience, or to request a no-risk trial of this award-winning scientific reference for your institution, fill in your information and a member of our Sales Team will contact you as soon as possible.
to your librarian. Recommend
Let your librarian know about the award-winning gateway to the most trustworthy and accurate scientific information.
AccessScience provides the most accurate and trustworthy scientific information available.
Recognized as an award-winning gateway to scientific knowledge, AccessScience is an amazing online resource that contains high-quality reference material written specifically for students. Contributors include more than 9000 highly qualified scientists and 43 Nobel Prize winners.
MORE THAN 8500 articles and Research Reviews covering all major scientific disciplines and encompassing the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology and McGraw-Hill Yearbook of Science & Technology
115,000-PLUS definitions from the McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms
3000 biographies of notable scientific figures
MORE THAN 19,000 downloadable images and animations illustrating key topics
ENGAGING VIDEOS highlighting the life and work of award-winning scientists
SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER STUDY and additional readings to guide students to deeper understanding and research
LINKS TO CITABLE LITERATURE help students expand their knowledge using primary sources of information