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Modeling of 2D photonic bandgap structures using a triangular mesh finite difference method
Author(s): G. Ronald Hadley
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Paper Abstract

A numerical model is presented for computing the out-of- plane losses of a general class of row-defect waveguides formed by the superposition of a 2D photonic crystal onto a slab confinement structure. The usefulness of this model is demonstrated here by calculating the propagation loss of a single-row-defect waveguide composed of hexagonal air holes etched into two different slab structures. The results are interpreted in terms of a simple coupled-mode-theory picture in which loss is due to coupling by the waveguide corrugation between the fundamental and certain radiative slab modes. These calculations show that low-loss photonic crystal waveguides should be possible by carefully engineering the radiation modes of the slab waveguide.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 October 2001
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4594, Design, Fabrication, and Characterization of Photonic Devices II, (29 October 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.446544
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G. Ronald Hadley, Sandia National Labs. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4594:
Design, Fabrication, and Characterization of Photonic Devices II

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