Villangca, Mark Jayson1; Bañas, Andrew Rafael1; Palima, Darwin1; Glückstad, Jesper1
1 Department of Photonics Engineering, Technical University of Denmark2 Programmable Phase Optics, Department of Photonics Engineering, Technical University of Denmark
We have previously proposed and demonstrated the targeted-light delivery capability of wave-guided optical waveguides (WOWs). As the WOWs are maneuvered in 3D space, it is important to maintain efficient light coupling through the waveguides within their operating volume. We propose the use of dynamic diffractive techniques to create diffraction-limited spots that will track and couple to the WOWs during operation. This is done by using a spatial light modulator to encode the necessary diffractive phase patterns to generate the multiple and dynamic coupling spots. The method is initially tested for a single WOW and we have experimentally demonstrated dynamic tracking and coupling for both lateral and axial displacements.
Optics Express, 2014, Vol 22, Issue 15, p. 17880-17889