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Apparatus and method for processing light

United States Patent Application

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Optical processing apparatus for processing a stream of light. The apparatus includes a light input emitted, for example, by fiber optic cable. Multiple wavelength bands of light are, typically, emitted and transmitted in a direction parallel to an axis. The apparatus also includes a plurality of receptors which are positioned at defined locations spaced from one another. A diffracting member is employed to diffract the wavelength bands of light transmitted parallel to the axis. In one embodiment of the invention, the diffracting member is a controllable diffraction grating. The wavelength bands are selectively diffracted to various of the receptors. The apparatus further includes a controller for selectively adjusting the diffracting member to independently vary a particular receptor to which any one wavelength band is diffracted.
Hocker, G. Benjamin (Minnetonka, MN), Youngner, Daniel W. (Maple Grove, MN), Senturia, Stephen D. (Bookline, MA), Deutsch, Erik R. (Cambridge, MA), Butler, Michael A. (Albuquerque, NM), Sinclair, Michael B. (Albuquerque, NM), Plowman, Thomas E. (Cary, NC)
Honeywell International Inc.
09/ 877,323
June 8, 2001
[0001] This invention was made with Government support under Contract No. N66001-97-C-8620 awarded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and under Contract No. DE-AC04-94AL85000 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.