Mesoscopic photonic crystal based mirrors are exploited to theoretically conceive and analyse a novel high-Q factor Fabry-Perot-like cavity. Thanks to a beam focussing effect in reflection these mirrors efficiently confine and stabilise a mode inside a planar cavity, even for non-paraxial small beam sizes, mimicking the behaviour of curved mirrors. Furthermore, these mirrors show a higher reflectivity with respect to their standard distributed Bragg reflector counterparts, which allow these cavities to reach a maximum Q factor higher than 104 when 5-period-long mirrors are considered. Moreover, these cavities show other intriguing features as a beamforming behaviour and transverse translational invariance offered by the planar geometry. The latter opens interesting possibilities for lasing and biodetection. The optimization of the cavity size and the performances in terms of Q factor, energy storage and confinement are detailed.
Ultra-short vertical plasmonic couplers were devised for the efficient excitation of long-range surface-polariton-plasmon mode, in the visible regime, between a polymeric waveguide and a plasmonic waveguide in two different configurations. Numerical simulations suggest the realization of coupling efficiencies as high as 90% and insertion losses as low as −5.5 dB , with a coupling length of few micrometers. Thus the proposed design clearly proves that is possible to optimize contemporaneously the coupling efficiency and the coupling length. Therefore the compactness and the lower fabrication requirements make the proposed device very promising in a variety of applications.