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26 April 2019 Diffractive sidewall grating coupler: towards 2D free-space optics on chip
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Silicon photonics has been the subject of intense research efforts. In order to implement complex integrated silicon photonic devices and systems, a wide range of robust building blocks is needed. Waveguide couplers are fundamental devices in integrated optics, enabling different functionalities such as power dividers, spot-size converters, coherent hybrids and fiber-chip coupling interfaces, to name a few. In this work we propose a new type of nanophotonic coupler based on sidewall grating (SIGRA) concept. SIGRAs have been used in the Bragg regime, for filtering applications, as well as in the sub-wavelength regime in multimode interference (MMI) couplers. However, the use of SIGRAs in the radiation regime has been very limited. Specifically, a coarse wavelength division multiplexer was proposed and experimentally validated. In this work we study the use of SIGRAs in the diffractive regime as a mean to couple the light between a silicon wire waveguide mode and a continuum of slab waveguide modes. We also propose an original technique for designing SIGRA based couplers, enabling the synthesis of arbitrary radiation field profile by Floquet- Bloch analysis of individual diffracting elements while substantially alleviating computational load. Results are further validated by 3D FDTD simulations which confirm that the radiated field profile closely matches the target design field.
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A. Hadij-ElHouati, P. Cheben, A. Ortega-Moñux, J. G. Wangüemert-Pérez, R. Halir, J. H. Schmid, and Í. Molina-Fernández "Diffractive sidewall grating coupler: towards 2D free-space optics on chip", Proc. SPIE 11031, Integrated Optics: Design, Devices, Systems, and Applications V, 110310R (26 April 2019);

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