Dynamic angular dispersion of a tunable plane grating

Jerry T. Barretto, M. Louise P. Jamero, Ivan B. Culaba, Raphael A. Guerrero, “Dynamic angular dispersion of a tunable plane grating,” SPP 2011-145.

We present the fabrication of a reflective elastic plane diffraction grating actuated by asymmetric elongation and investigate the reciprocal angular dispersion. Using a white light source, increasing the grating pitch allows variable wavelength output. A dynamic dispersion relation in terms of the applied strain, parameterized by a single angle of incidence, is presented. Such an element may find use in inexpensive monochromators and spectrometers.

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