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The authors report, for the first time, a highly selective and widely tunable optical filter at 1.55 /spl mu/m using a Fabry-Perot resonator with micromachined InP/air-gap distributed Bragg reflectors. The minimum resonance full-width at half-maximum (FWHM), as measured by microreflectivity experiments, is close to 0.4 mm (around 1.55 /spl mu/m) and is compatible with wavelength-division multiplexing specifications of optical telecommunications. The tuning range is 62 nm for a tuning voltage of 14 V. The FWHM is kept below 1 nm over a 40 nm tuning range.
Date of Publication: Sept. 1998