Access Type

Open Access Thesis

Date of Award

January 2014

Degree Type


Degree Name



Electrical and Computer Engineering

First Advisor

Ivan Avrutsky


A real-time integrated planar single-mode waveguide grating micro-spectrometer with high resolution of 0.5 nm in 120 nm wide range of visible spectrum, from 525 nm to 645 nm is demonstrated. A CMOS sensor is used for capturing the output image of micro-spectrometer. A f = 1cm lens is used to focus the diffracted monochromatic light onto the CMOS sensor. An algorithm is developed using simple polynomial equation which uses two known reference wavelengths to convert x-pixel numbers of the CMOS sensor to wavelength spectrum. The output of micro-spectrometer in this design has comparatively less noise than usual spectrometric measurements. This design uses built-in matlab functions such as 'findpeaks' to find the input laser peaks and the central pixel numbers for that peaks and 'polyfit' to find the coefficients essential for the calibration of wavelength spectrum.