Abstract

We propose two novel electro-optic (EO) deflectors based on two new nonrectangular geometries: the parabolic and the half-horn configurations. These devices not only provide excellent deflection angles, but also have the potential to build nonblocking 2×2 optical switches. A deflector figure of merit is defined, and comparisons with existing EO deflectors are given. Devices fabricated in LiTaO3 demonstrate 3  dB of average insertion loss and 3° deflection angles. These results represent the best deflection performances to our knowledge reported to date for bulk EO deflectors.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

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