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One-dimensional photonic bandgap optical limiter design
Author(s): Boon Yi Soon; Joseph W. Haus; Michael Scalora; Concita Sibilia; Paul Eloe
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Paper Abstract

We propose a compact, passive optical limiter incorporating nonlinear materials in a multi-layer photonic bandgap (PBG) structure. A coupled-mode theory that includes interaction between counter-propagating optical pulses and diffraction describes the complex transmission and reflection coefficients. Two materials with different nonlinear refraction and absorption coefficients make up the individual layers. Transverse modulational instabilities appear as the intensity increases; this effect is exploited to improve the optical limiter performance by inserting an aperture in the system. Investigating the role that material combinations play in determining the transmission characteristics optimizes the device design. Our results indicate that PBG devices can improve the dynamic range by more than a factor of two over homogeneous material designs.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 July 2003
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 4986, Physics and Simulation of Optoelectronic Devices XI, (25 July 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.474316
Show Author Affiliations
Boon Yi Soon, Univ. of Dayton (United States)
Joseph W. Haus, Univ. of Dayton (United States)
Michael Scalora, U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command (United States)
Concita Sibilia, Univ. degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza (Italy)
Paul Eloe, Univ. of Dayton (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4986:
Physics and Simulation of Optoelectronic Devices XI
Marek Osinski; Hiroshi Amano; Peter Blood, Editor(s)

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