A concept for a highly miniaturized spectrometer featuring a two-component design is presented. The first component is a planar chip that integrates an input slit and aberration-correcting diffraction grating with an image sensor and is fabricated using microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) technologies. Due to the fabrication in a simple MEMS batch process the essential elements of the spectrometer are automatically aligned, and a low fabrication cost per device can be achieved. The second component is a spherical mirror, which is the only external part. The optimized grating structure compensates for aberrations within the spectrometer operating range, resulting in a diffraction-limited performance of the spectrometer optics. The prototype of the device has been fabricated and characterized. It takes a volume of 0.5 cm3 and provides a FWHM spectral resolution of 0.7 nm over a 350 nm bandwidth from 420 nm to 770 nm combined with an etendue of 7.4×10−5 mm2 sr.
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