Design of flat-field arrayed waveguide grating based on aberration theory

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)22_Publication in policy or professional journal

1 Scopus Citations
View graph of relations



Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)548-553
Journal / PublicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes


TitleActive and Passive Optical Components for WDM Communications II
PlaceUnited States
CityBoston, MA
Period29 July - 1 August 2002


A new type flat-field arrayed waveguide grating (AWG) has been designed. The focal points of all wavelengths of operation distribute on a straight line. With parallel output waveguides, it's convenient to connect with fiber-array directly. Flat-field AWG could function as a spectrometer when the output waveguides are thrown off. The work based on the developed aberration theory of AWG. In this theory, the restrains imposing on the conventional Rowland-type AWG have been removed. Various restrains will generate new type structures. In the flat-field AWG design, the restrains come from the concurrent imaging theory. Three aberration-free points restrain three dominant geometry parameters of AWG, geometry of star couplers, phased array ports distribution, and length increment between adjacent paths. A 16-channel flat-field AWG is designed. As stigmatic points introduced, the aberration of the device is much lower than that of the conventional Rowland-type AWG.

Research Area(s)

  • Aberration theory, Arrayed waveguide grating (AWG), Concurrent imaging theory, Flat-field, Spectrometer