Surface acoustic waves voltage controlled directional coupler

G. Golan, G. Griffel, E. Yanilov, S. Ruschin, A. Seidman, N. Croitoru

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An important condition for the development of surface wave integrated-acoustic devices is the ability to guide and control the propagation of the acoustic energy. This can be implemented by deposition of metallic "loading" channels on an anisotropic piezoelectric substrate. Deposition of such two parallel channels causes an effective coupling of acoustic energy from one channel to the other. A basic requirement for this coupling effect is the existence of the two basic modes: A symmetrical and a nonsymmetrical one. A mode map that shows the number of sustained modes as a function of the device parameters (i.e., channel width; distance between channels; material velocity; and acoustical exciting frequency) is presented. This kind of map can help significantly in the design process of such a device. In this paper we devise an advanced acoustical "Y" coupler with the ability to control its effective coupling by an externally applied voltage, thereby causing modulation of the output intensities of the signals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)534-538
Number of pages5
JournalPhysica Scripta
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Oct 1988


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