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Submicro-optics: big effects on a small scale
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Recent results of our studies into optical effects where sub-micron length scales play a pivotal role are presented. We start with a discussion of fine optical features produced by relatively large objects, and then move on to consider the big effects that can be produced by sub-micron structures. Topics covered include fine structure in the optical field of microlenses and gratings, and then further down in length scale from microstructured surfaces to resonant filters, photonic crystal waveguides and metallic nanoparticles. For each step we demonstrate potential applications in which such a length scale can present important advantages, as well as discussing some of the disadvantages and challenges in the design and fabrication of such elements. We particularly highlight the sensitivity of many of the structures to small variations in optical situation (e.g. geometry, orientation, material, polarization) leading significant optical effects for small-scale changes. Methods for the characterization of optical fields produced by objects at these smaller dimensions are also presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 September 2004
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 5453, Micro-Optics, VCSELs, and Photonic Interconnects, (8 September 2004);
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Martin G. Salt, Univ. de Neuchatel (Switzerland)
Iwan Maerki, Univ. de Neuchatel (Switzerland)
Guido Niederer, Univ. de Neuchatel (Switzerland)
Carsten Rockstuhl, Univ. de Neuchatel (Switzerland)
Christophe Weiteneder, Univ. de Neuchatel (Switzerland)
Hans Peter Herzig, Univ. de Neuchatel (Switzerland)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5453:
Micro-Optics, VCSELs, and Photonic Interconnects
Hugo Thienpont; Kent D. Choquette; Mohammad R. Taghizadeh, Editor(s)

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