29 October 2013 Notes on evanescent wave Bragg-reflection waveguides
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We investigate an extended version of the Bragg reflection waveguide (BRW) with air gaps as one of the layers. This design has the potential of drastically simplifying the epitaxial structure for integrated nonlinear optical elements at the expense of more complicated structuring. This approach would afford much more flexibility for designing and varying BRW structures. Here, we discuss an extension of the established theory for BRW slabs and report our results of applying Marcatili's method for rectangular waveguides to the BRW case. With this analytic approach we can estimate the effective index of the modes orders of magnitudes faster than with full numerical techniques, such as finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) or finite elements. Initial results are mixed; while phase-matched designs have been found, they currently have no significant advantage over other schemes.
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Benedikt Pressl, Gregor Weihs, "Notes on evanescent wave Bragg-reflection waveguides", Proc. SPIE 8899, Emerging Technologies in Security and Defence; and Quantum Security II; and Unmanned Sensor Systems X, 88990Q (29 October 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2030833; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2030833
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