Use of a gradient-index (GRIN) substrate is proposed as a novel signal-propagation medium for planar optics. The GRIN substrate provides planar optics designers not only a three-dimensional light propagation space but also smart optical diffraction-limited imaging. Experimental results on the imaging of an input signal to multiple destinations by the GRIN planar optics are presented.

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Carey, C.

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Fig. 1

GRIN substrate.

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Fig. 2

GRIN planar optical imaging: (a) single ray trajectory, (b) diverging ray trajectory in point-to-point imaging, (c) bounced ray trajectory in multiple imaging.

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Fig. 3

Ray tracing results in GRIN planar optics: (a) g=0.339 mm-1, h4=2/3, h6=-17/45; (b) g=0.339 mm-1, h4=0, h6=0.

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Fig. 4

Experimental results of planar optical imaging. Positions of the incident power beam, Pin, and the imaging spots, P1 and P2, are drawn schematically under each of the three photographs.

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