Document Type


Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Science in Electrical Engineering - (M.S.)


Electrical Engineering

First Advisor

Haim Grebel

Second Advisor

Nirwan Ansari

Third Advisor

Yun Q. Shi


Optics have many advantages over electronics in interconnecting systems together, particularly in terms of higher transmission speed and better immunity to noise. Optical interconnections may be used at all levels of computing: for local area networks, between processors or memory elements, and between boards.

In this thesis, we attempted to generate a new type of computer hologram for optical interconnection purposes. The holographic method is very promising whenever integrated optical interconnections are considered. In this research we have tried two designs: the shortest path grating design which can maximize the global output energy and the single input maximum output grating design which focuses on maximizing local energy in a single path. As a test case we have chosen to design an element which transfers a uniform input light distribution to a single output spot. In comparison, the grating design using the shortest path strategy was found superior to the single input maximum output design procedure. In both cases, though we have achieved our goal of high degree of separability between the target pixel and the other output pixels. When we attempted to achieve a uniform output out of a single spot for the shortest path design we had a limited success.



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