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Dispersion in the quarter-wave Bragg reflection waveguide
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Paper Abstract

The Bragg reflection waveguide (BRW), or one-dimensional photonic bandgap waveguide, has recently received much interest for applications such as nonlinear frequency conversion, mechanically tunable air-core filters, and electron accelerators. One variation of this waveguide is the quarter-wave BRW (QtW-BRW), in which all cladding layers have a phase thickness of π/2. This places the mode in the center of the cladding stopband, ensuring the strongest possible confinement for a given pair of cladding materials. In addition, operating at the quarter-wave point permits the effective index of the guided modes to be given by a simple closed-form expression. For many applications of BRWs, the dispersion of effective index with frequency is of primary concern. In this work, we use a perturbation approach to derive analytical expressions for the dispersion of a QtW-BRW, and compare the results to numerical simulations to demonstrate accuracy. Several interesting properties of these waveguides are developed. The birefringence of the guides changes sign at the quarter-wave point. For fundamental modes of even symmetry, the first-order dispersion is always normal if the material dispersion is normal. It is shown that for certain QtW-BRW designs, group index and group velocity dispersion (GVD) can be orders of magnitude higher than is the case for their constituent materials, or on the other hand, very small or zero values of GVD can be attained. We will conclude with a discussion of the applications of such waveguides.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 September 2006
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6343, Photonics North 2006, 63431W (8 September 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.707801
Show Author Affiliations
Brian R. West, Univ. of Toronto (Canada)
Amr S. Helmy, Univ. of Toronto (Canada)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6343:
Photonics North 2006
Pierre Mathieu, Editor(s)

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