Hollow metal waveguides feature well collimated beams and small losses across air gaps. This enables introduction of multiple optical beam splitters, or taps, along the waveguide to multicast signals from a source to multiple receivers. The splitters need to be of sufficient thickness to provide mechanical integrity and ease of handling. As a result, passing through the thickness leads to a beam walk-off. Walk-off dependence on the splitter thickness and its effect on the system optical efficiency are investigated. Two methods to compensate the walk-off are described: by offsetting the outgoing waveguide, and by introducing an additional symmetric optical element to shift the beam back to the original optical path. Both methods have been shown to effectively mitigate the walk-off effects.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Applied Physics A: Materials Science and Processing|
|Publication status||Published - 2009 Jun|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Materials Science(all)