Accession Number : ADD002095

Title :   Optical Waveguide Power Dividers.

Descriptive Note : Patent Application,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON D C

Personal Author(s) : Burns,William K ; Milton,A Fenner

Report Date : 04 Dec 1975

Pagination or Media Count : 6

Abstract : The patent application provides an optical waveguide power divider which uses a two-dimensional slab waveguide. An input confined to one arm propagates to a point where synchronism between two closely adjacent guides is abruptly introduced. The coupled guides are sufficiently synchronous and close together that the symmetrical and asymmetrical normal modes of the coupled structure will be excited, each with 1/2 of the input power. Synchronism is then slowly removed by tapering the overlay to zero so that mode 'a' selects arm number 1 while mode 'b' selects arm number 2. These changes are slow enough that there is no mode conversion between modes a and b. After synchronism has been removed, the two arms may be spatially separated to split the power into two directions.

Descriptors :   *Optical waveguides, *Waveguide couplers, Power dividers, Patents, Synchronism, Fiber optics

Subject Categories : Fiber Optics and Integrated Optics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE