A Speckle-Enhanced Prism Spectrometer with High Dynamic Range

S. KaanÇetindağ, M. Fatih Toy, Onur Ferhanoglu, Fehmi Civitci

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We present a novel spectrometer device offering a wide wavelength range and high resolution. The device builds upon a conventional prism spectrometer; however, an additional scattering medium is introduced to generate a wavelength-dependent speckle pattern on the detector array. Simultaneous use of the prism and the scattering medium allows for both improved resolution and wavelength range. The generated speckle pattern secures a significant improvement in the resolution (up to 100 folds) and dynamic range over a conventional prism spectrometer. With the proposed spectrometer, implemented using a CCD camera, we demonstrate up to 17-pm resolution at 855-nm central wavelength and 756.5-nm wavelength range revealing a dynamic range of 44 500. The dynamic range could be further improved upon using a detector array having larger area and a scattering medium offering a narrower spectral correlation function. With further development, the proposed device could be useful in a variety of spectroscopy applications, such as deep imaging of retinal layers in optical coherence tomography.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number8519785
Pages (from-to)2139-2142
Number of pages4
JournalIEEE Photonics Technology Letters
Issue number24
StatePublished - Dec 15 2018


  • Prism
  • speckle
  • spectroscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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