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High-selectivity single-chip spectrometer in silicon for operation in visible part of the spectrum

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3 Author(s)
Correia, J.H. ; Dept. of Ind. Electron., Minho Univ., Guimaraes, Portugal ; Bartek, M. ; Wolffenbuttel, R.F.

A microspectrometer has been realized based on an array of Fabry-Perot optical thin-film filters. The 16-channel microspectrometer is compatible with IC fabrication methods and operates in the visible spectral range with an interchannel shift of 6 nm. Each of the channels is sensitive in a single peak with full-width-half-maximum (FWHM) of 16 nm. Also a FWHM below 2 nm and finesse of 40 for narrow band operation is demonstrated. The device can easily be tuned during fabrication to cover a different spectral band only by adjusting the etching times without affecting the device layout. Such a device is extremely suitable for applications in microsystems because of its small size, high spectral selectivity, and low cost. Microspectrometers for the UV and IR regions are also feasible using this technique

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Electron Devices, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:47 ,  Issue: 3 )