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Modulating dispersion properties of low index photonic crystal structures using microfluidics
Author(s): Ahmed Sharkawy; Shouyuan Shi; Dennis W. Prather; Sterling McBride; Peter Zanzucchi
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Paper Abstract

We present a technique for manipulating the dispersive properties of low index periodic structures using microfluidic materials that fill the lattice with various fluids of different refractive indices. In order to quantify the modulation of the optical properties of the periodic structure we use Equifrequency contours (EFC) data to calculate the frequency dependant refractive index and the refractive angle. We further introduce various types of defects by selectively filling specific lattice sites and measuring the relative change in the index of refraction. Finally we design and optically characterize an adaptive low index photonic crystal based lens with tunable optical properties using various microfluidics. We also present experimental results for a silicon based PhC lens used an optical coupling element.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 March 2006
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6128, Photonic Crystal Materials and Devices IV, 61280W (1 March 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.645972
Show Author Affiliations
Ahmed Sharkawy, EM Photonics, Inc. (United States)
Shouyuan Shi, Univ. of Delaware (United States)
Dennis W. Prather, Univ. of Delaware (United States)
Sterling McBride, Sarnoff Corp. (United States)
Peter Zanzucchi, Sarnoff Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6128:
Photonic Crystal Materials and Devices IV
Ali Adibi; Shawn-Yu Lin; Axel Scherer, Editor(s)

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