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This work presents a scanning micro-interferometer, without moving parts, based on the well-known Mach-Zehnder geometry. The micro-system was obtained by using non-standard processes of planar technology on lithium niobate crystals, in particular the waveguide fabrication was obtained by using high energy ion implantation of medium light mass elements. The scanning effect without moving parts has been obtained by changing the refractive index of the optical waveguides by using electric field. The whole device is 60 mm long with a 0.5×1 mm2 cross section, weights only few grams and its power consumption lies in the milliwatt range. The performances were preliminary tested in the spectral window ranging from 0.4 to 1.0 μm. By using standard radiation sources, this micro-system demonstrated a spectral resolution suitable for detecting the characteristic spectral lines of a Xe-arc lamp on a 400 nm wide …
Publication date: 
1 Mar 2007

GG Bentini, M Bianconi, A Cerutti, M Chiarini, G Pennestri, C Sada, N Argiolas, M Bazzan, P Mazzoldi

Biblio References: 
Volume: 45 Issue: 3 Pages: 368-372
Optics and lasers in engineering