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Modeling of nanophotonics
Author(s): Elefterios Lidorikis; Michelle L. Povinelli; Steven G. Johnson; Marin Soljacic; Mihai Ibanescu; Yoel Fink; John D. Joannopoulos
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Paper Abstract

The ability of photonic crystals to mold the flow of light in new ways can lead to a variety of novel and improved designs of optical nano-components and nano-devices in photonics. Two examples will be presented: a) Using linear materials, a polarization independent waveguide is designed in a 3D photonic crystal. It is demonstrated that this system provides lossless guiding of light at length-scales approaching the wavelength of the light itself, offering a promising platform for the design of integrated high performance polarization-insensitive waveguide networks. b) Using nonlinear materials, a cylindrical photonic crystal fiber is designed that can exhibit all-optical switching without the need for an axial periodicity. It is shown that this property stems from the unique structure of the cylindrical photonic crystal guided-mode dispersion relation, and can lead to significant improvements in manufacturing ease, operating power usage, and device size requirements, making such a system ideal for integrated all-optical signal processing.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 October 2003
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 5225, Nano- and Micro-Optics for Information Systems, (20 October 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.508295
Show Author Affiliations
Elefterios Lidorikis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
Michelle L. Povinelli, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
Steven G. Johnson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
Marin Soljacic, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
Mihai Ibanescu, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
Yoel Fink, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
John D. Joannopoulos, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5225:
Nano- and Micro-Optics for Information Systems
Louay A. Eldada, Editor(s)

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