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Self imaging in segmented waveguide arrays

: Heinrich, M.; Szameit, A.; Dreisow, F.; Pertsch, T.; Nolte, S.; Tünnermann, A.; Suran, E.; Louradour, F.; Barthélémy, A.; Longhi, S.


Neev, J.:
Commercial and biomedical applications of ultrafast lasers IX. Proceedings : 25 - 28 January 2009, San Jose, California, United States
Bellingham, WA: SPIE, 2009 (SPIE Proceedings Series 7203)
ISBN: 978-0-8194-7449-0
ISSN: 0277-786X
Paper 72030K
Conference "Commercial and Biomedical Applications of Ultrafast Lasers" <9, 2009, San Jose/Calif.>
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer IOF ()

Self-imaging in integrated optical devices is interesting for many applications including image transmission, optical collimation and even reshaping of ultrashort laser pulses. However, in general this relies on boundaryfree light propagation, since interaction with boundaries results in a considerable distortion of the self-imaging effect. This problem can be overcome in waveguide arrays by segmentation of particular lattice sites, yielding phase shifts which result in image reconstruction in one- as well as two-dimensional configurations. Here, we demonstrate the first experimental realization of this concept. For the fabrication of the segmented waveguide arrays we used the femtosecond laser direct-writing technique. The total length of the arrays is 50mm with a waveguide spacing of 16 m and 20m in the one- and two-dimensional case, respectively. The length of the segmented area was 2.6mm, while the segmentation period was chosen to be 16 m. This results in a complet e inversion of the global phase of the travelling field inside the array, so that the evolution dynamics are reversed and the input field is imaged onto the sample output facet. Accordingly, segmented integrated optical devices provide a new and attractive opportunity for image transmission in finite systems.