Beam Combiners / Splitters

Two back-to-back miter bends with a fused quartz insert instead of a mirror can perform as a beam combiner or beam splitter. When the power split is equal, this component is also called a 3 dB hybrid.

Beam splitting can also be achieved with grid polarizers, consisting of a parallel array of metal wires. In grid polarizers, the component of the incident field parallel to the wires is reflected. Grid polarizers are capable of much wider bandwidths than fused quartz combiner/splitters.

High-power beam combiners/splitters can also be provided. The fused quartz versions are air cooled. Narrowband grid polarizer combiners/splitters use water-cooled tubes instead of wires.

A variable beam splitter using a rotatable grid polarizer in 63.5 mm waveguide. Absorbing material is normally placed in the uncoupled port, shown open here. This component has a very wide bandwidth.

A variable beam splitter using a rotatable grid polarizer in 63.5 mm waveguide. Absorbing material is normally placed in the uncoupled port, shown open here. This component has a very wide bandwidth.

A fused quartz beam splitter in 63.5 mm waveguide. Approximate equality of the beam combining or beam splitting ratio can be maintained over a significant bandwidth when the incident electric field is polarized perpendicular to the plane of the bends.

A fused quartz beam splitter in 63.5 mm waveguide. Approximate equality of the beam combining or beam splitting ratio can be maintained over a significant bandwidth when the incident electric field is polarized perpendicular to the plane of the bends.

Contact

Ray O’Neill, GA-ITER Program
oneill@fusion.gat.com
(858) 900-5214

John Doane, GA-MFE Technologies
doane@fusion.gat.com
(301) 362-9097