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Design of a plasmonic-organic hybrid slot waveguide integrated with a bowtie-antenna for terahertz wave detection
Author(s): Xingyu Zhang; Chi-Jui Chung; Harish Subbaraman; Zeyu Pan; Chin-Ta Chen; Ray T. Chen
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Paper Abstract

Electromagnetic (EM) wave detection over a large spectrum has recently attracted significant amount of attention. Traditional electronic EM wave sensors use large metallic probes which distort the field to be measured and also have strict limitations on the detectable RF bandwidth. To address these problems, integrated photonic EM wave sensors have been developed to provide high sensitivity and broad bandwidth. Previously we demonstrated a compact, broadband, and sensitive integrated photonic EM wave sensor, consisting of an organic electro-optic (EO) polymer refilled silicon slot photonic crystal waveguide (PCW) modulator integrated with a gold bowtie antenna, to detect the X band of the electromagnetic spectrum. However, due to the relative large RC constant of the silicon PCW, such EM wave sensors can only work up to tens of GHz. In this work, we present a detailed design and discussion of a new generation of EM wave sensors based on EO polymer refilled plasmonic slot waveguides in conjunction with bowtie antennas to cover a wider electromagnetic spectrum from 1 GHz up to 10THz, including the range of microwave, millimeter wave and even terahertz waves. This antennacoupled plasmonic-organic hybrid (POH) structure is designed to provide an ultra-small RC constant, a large overlap between plasmonic mode and RF field, and strong electric field enhancement, as well as negligible field perturbation. A taper is designed to bridge silicon strip waveguide to plasmonic slot waveguide. Simulation results show that our device can have an EM wave sensing ability up to 10 THz. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first POH device for photonic terahertz wave detection.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 March 2016
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 9756, Photonic and Phononic Properties of Engineered Nanostructures VI, 975614 (14 March 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2213174
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Xingyu Zhang, The Univ. of Texas at Austin (United States)
Acacia Communications, Inc. (United States)
Chi-Jui Chung, The Univ. of Texas at Austin (United States)
Harish Subbaraman, Omega Optics, Inc. (United States)
Zeyu Pan, The Univ. of Texas at Austin (United States)
Chin-Ta Chen, The Univ. of Texas at Austin (United States)
Ray T. Chen, The Univ. of Texas at Austin (United States)
Omega Optics, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9756:
Photonic and Phononic Properties of Engineered Nanostructures VI
Ali Adibi; Shawn-Yu Lin; Axel Scherer, Editor(s)

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