20 October 2003 Modeling of nanophotonics
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The ability of photonic crystals to mold the flow of light in new ways can lead to a variety of novel and improved designs of optical nano-components and nano-devices in photonics. Two examples will be presented: a) Using linear materials, a polarization independent waveguide is designed in a 3D photonic crystal. It is demonstrated that this system provides lossless guiding of light at length-scales approaching the wavelength of the light itself, offering a promising platform for the design of integrated high performance polarization-insensitive waveguide networks. b) Using nonlinear materials, a cylindrical photonic crystal fiber is designed that can exhibit all-optical switching without the need for an axial periodicity. It is shown that this property stems from the unique structure of the cylindrical photonic crystal guided-mode dispersion relation, and can lead to significant improvements in manufacturing ease, operating power usage, and device size requirements, making such a system ideal for integrated all-optical signal processing.
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Elefterios Lidorikis, Michelle L. Povinelli, Steven G. Johnson, Marin Soljacic, Mihai Ibanescu, Yoel Fink, John D. Joannopoulos, "Modeling of nanophotonics", Proc. SPIE 5225, Nano- and Micro-Optics for Information Systems, (20 October 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.508295; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.508295


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