Integrated-optic Spectrometer And Method
Schwerzel, Robert E.
Hartman, Nile F.
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An integrated-optic spectrometer is disclosed for analyzing the composition of light reflected off a sample under analysis. In a simplified embodiment, the spectrometer includes a buffer, located on the top of a substrate, which is etched to create a diffraction grating having grating lines. The diffraction grating and grating lines are formed to provide diffraction of discrete wavelengths of light, while providing for maximum transmission of non-diffracted wavelengths. A waveguide is fabricated on top of the etched buffer through which the reflected light is directed. A photodiode detector array is located above the waveguide into which the diffracted wavelengths are diffracted, providing an analysis of the composition of the reflected light. A clad encompasses the integrated-optic spectrometer, thereby providing protection from outside interference.
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