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Light propagation in strip and slot waveguide arrays for sensing
Author(s): Qingyan Ma; Fan Qi; Yufei Wang; Zhishuang Liu; Wanhua Zheng
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Paper Abstract

Light propagation in strip and slot waveguide arrays for sensing are proposed and analyzed with a new theory of quantum walk. The waveguide arrays are designed on silicon-on-insulator and can be fabricated with mature and cost-efficient complementary metal-oxide semiconductor technology. A new slot waveguide array modified by conventional strip waveguide array with electric field mainly confined in the cladding region is investigated. Quantum walks have an exact mapping to classical phenomena as verified by experiments using bright laser light, so that they are introduced in our work as theoretical foundation. We take the width of waveguide of 450 nm and the coupling distance of 200 nm for strip waveguide array, and 420 nm and 180 nm for slot waveguide array, but with a 100nm slot in the center of waveguide. At last the waveguide array covered by a thin layer of graphene is investigated, which brings higher sensing property as well as a much better biocompatibility. With the monochrome light injection the intensity distribution at the end of the arrays changes with the refractive index of the sensing area (cladding region) and it can be explained by quantum walks theory. The designed waveguide arrays can possess compact footprint and high refractive index resolution, reaching 1E-11 RIU theoretically.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 November 2016
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 10025, Advanced Sensor Systems and Applications VII, 100250U (14 November 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2246204
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Qingyan Ma, Institute of Semiconductors (China)
Univ. of Chinese Academy of Sciences (China)
Fan Qi, Institute of Semiconductors (China)
Univ. of Chinese Academy of Sciences (China)
Yufei Wang, Institute of Semiconductors (China)
Univ. of Chinese Academy of Sciences (China)
Zhishuang Liu, Institute of Semiconductors (China)
Univ. of Chinese Academy of Sciences (China)
Wanhua Zheng, Institute of Semiconductors (China)
Univ. of Chinese Academy of Sciences (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10025:
Advanced Sensor Systems and Applications VII
Tiegen Liu; Shibin Jiang; Rene Landgraf, Editor(s)

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