Propagation characteristics of guided waves in stratified metallic optical waveguides

Tsao, Charles Y.H., Li, Luksun and Payne, David N. (1988) Propagation characteristics of guided waves in stratified metallic optical waveguides. Applied Optics, 27, (7), 1316-1325. (doi:10.1364/AO.27.001316).


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An eigenvalue equation is derived for stratified metallic optical slab waveguides with any number of layers. The equation is solved using the numerical zoom analysis (NZA) method. The analysis is applied to various metallic optical slabs and the propagation characteristics of the guided waves are determined, which may be useful for optimizing the design parameters. It is found possible, with proper optimization, to design a polarizer having hundreds of decibels of extinction ratio at the cost of a fraction of a decibel of insertion loss. Examples of optimizations with respect to wavelength, relative refractive indices, core/clad geometries, etc. are demonstrated for slabs with single or double metal layers. Guidelines for determining the metal film thickness have been formulated and tabulated for many useful metals.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1364/AO.27.001316
ISSNs: 1559-128X (print)
2155-3165 (electronic)
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Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics
T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > Optoelectronics Research Centre
ePrint ID: 78476
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Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2010
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:13

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