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Beaming effect and directional emission from photonic-crystal waveguides
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Paper Abstract

It is known that free-space focusing of light from sub-wavelength apertures, the so-called beaming effect of light, can be achieved through the excitation of radiative surface modes and their subsequent constructive interference in space surrounding the apertures. This effect, studied extensively in metallic thin films, has recently been shown to exist in photonic-crystal structures. In this paper, we present a comprehensive study of the beaming effect and light directional emission achieved through simple geometric and material engineering of the surface and near-surface structures in two types of photonic-crystal waveguides, classified as increased- and decreased-index structures. We analyze different methods to enhance the directional emission and calculate the resulting efficiencies, highlighting the influence of reflections and matching conditions at the waveguide terminations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 April 2005
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5733, Photonic Crystal Materials and Devices III, (13 April 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.588484
Show Author Affiliations
Steven K. Morrison, The Australian National Univ. (Australia)
CUDOS (Australia)
Yuri S. Kivshar, The Australian National Univ. (Australia)
CUDOS (Australia)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5733:
Photonic Crystal Materials and Devices III
Ali Adibi; Shawn-Yu Lin; Axel Scherer, Editor(s)

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