MEMS Grating Modulator

Boston Micromachines extended its ability to shape light to include a new class of products designed for broadband intensity modulation. Whether you are interested in a binary optical modulator or want more sophisticated variable control, the MEMS Grating Modulator can satisfy your needs. Our intensity modulator products are perfect for laser communication as well as intra- and extra-cavity beam shaping.

Intensity modulation over a broad range with the turn of a knob

How does it work?
The MEMS Grating Modulator is a reflective diffraction grating with controllable groove depth. It modulates intensity by switching between an unpowered flat mirror state and a powered diffractive state. Simply adjust the maximum depth of deflection and modulate the central intensity of your beam with high levels of extinction.

Broad Wavelength Range
Each grating component is designed for optimal performance up to its maximum deflection over a range of wavelengths. The longer the wavelength, the more deflection is needed to maintain high contrast between the modulated and un-modulated beam. The device is a gold-coated membrane which enables wavelength modulation from the visible to the far infrared (FIR), with peak extinction in the visible and near infrared (NIR) with lower extinction in the FIR. To attain peak extinction, the user simply tunes the deflection at a given wavelength. The user can acheive this by using a well-conditioned high voltage source.

Fast Response Time = High Speed Modulation
Our grating modulators are wavelength adjustable and have a frequency range of DC to 200kHz with full modulation and higher speeds with partial modulation. Use your MEMS Grating Modulator to replace a pockels cell or use it as a substitute for your acousto-optic or electro-optic modulator for applications that require higher throughput. MEMS modulators have proven versatility across various applications, and their performance can be customized to user specifications.

Find Out More
Choose from the Thorlabs Fast Power Modulator to provide high-speed intensity modulation and beam attenuation for your imaging application or the Boston Micromachines MEMS Grating Modulator component, for more custom applications. Find out more below.

MEMS Grating Modulator

Boston Micromachines has taken the enabling grating technology and packaged it for flexible use as the MEMS Grating Modulator. This device can be used with a conditioned high voltage power source to enable modulation of an incident beam. Select the angle of incidence for your optical setup and modulate your beam of up to 6mm in diameter. This device is meant to be used in any setup and can be customized for higher volume applications. To purchase a standard model, click here for the link to the Thorlabs website which will have this product soon.

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Fast Laser Power Modulator

The MEMS Grating component serves as the enabling component in the Thorlabs Fast Laser Power Modulator. By packaging the grating within a controlled enclosure and pairing it with high voltage electronics, the user can adjust the modulator for optimal extinction. This can be used to replace other modulation technologies that are used for Multi-Photon Imaging at a fraction of the cost. Click here for more detailed information on the Thorlabs site.

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Custom Modulator Applications

Contact BMC if you are interested in customizing our MEMS Grating Modulator. Changes that are easily designed are the target wavelength and packaging. Further customizations include extended wavelength range and improved response time. Boston Micromachines has also developed more sophisticated integrated components under development contracts for such applications as long-range laser communications. Contact BMC to find out more.

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Download the MEMS Grating Modulator Technology Whitepaper

Find out more about how the MEMS Grating Modulator works and how it can be customized for various applications. Whether you plan to use the device as part of a laboratory experiment or integrate the component into your OEM instrument, the modulator component is useful for a myriad of applications across a wide range of wavelengths.

  • "[The BMC] modulator is advantageous over the acousto-optic types because it is free from the dispersion effects and delivers better spatial resolution for the focused laser."

    Byung Hee Son, Researcher

    Department of Physics and Department of Energy Systems Research, Ajou University, Suwon 443-749, Korea

    Son BH, Park JK, Hong JT, Park JY, Lee S, Ahn YH. Imaging ultrafast carrier transport in nanoscale field-effect transistors. ACS Nano. 2014;8(11):11361‐11368. doi:10.1021/nn5042619

We can design a better modulator for you

When it comes to finding solutions for your application, MEMS grating modulators are not one size fits all. Our team at Boston Micromachines Corporation will take your unique specifications and customize a modulator that best suits your needs. Get in touch with us to create a quote.