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Sample records for active optical waveguides

  1. Wave-guided optical waveguides

    Palima, Darwin; Bañas, Andrew Rafael; Vizsnyiczai, George;

    2012-01-01

    This work primarily aims to fabricate and use two photon polymerization (2PP) microstructures capable of being optically manipulated into any arbitrary orientation. We have integrated optical waveguides into the structures and therefore have freestanding waveguides, which can be positioned anywhere...... in the sample at any orientation using optical traps. One of the key aspects to the work is the change in direction of the incident plane wave, and the marked increase in the numerical aperture demonstrated. Hence, the optically steered waveguide can tap from a relatively broader beam and then...... generate a more tightly confined light at its tip. The paper contains both simulation, related to the propagation of light through the waveguide, and experimental demonstrations using our BioPhotonics Workstation. In a broader context, this work shows that optically trapped microfabricated structures can...

  2. Active Photonic Crystal Waveguides

    Ek, Sara

    This thesis deals with the fabrication and characterization of active photonic crystal waveguides, realized in III-V semiconductor material with embedded active layers. The platform offering active photonic crystal waveguides has many potential applications. One of these is a compact photonic...... crystal semiconductor optical amplier. As a step towards such a component, photonic crystal waveguides with a single quantum well, 10 quantum wells and three layers of quantum dots are fabricated and characterized. An experimental study of the amplied spontaneous emission and a implied transmission are...... presented in this thesis. A variation of photonic crystal design parameters are used leading to a spectral shift of the dispersion, it is veried that the observed effects shift accordingly. An enhancement of the amplified spontaneous emission was observed close to the band edge, where light is slowed down...

  3. Tailored spectroscopic and optical properties in rare earth-activated glass-ceramics planar waveguides

    Ristic, Davor; Van Tran, Thi Thanh; Dieudonné, Belto; Cristina, Armellini; Berneschi, Simone; Chiappini, Andrea; Chiasera, Alessandro; Varas, Stefano; Carpentiero, Alessandro; Mazzola, Maurizio; Nunzi Conti, Gualtiero; Pelli, Stefano; Speranza, Giorgio; Feron, Patrice; Duverger Arfuso, Claire; Cibiel, Gilles; Turrell, Sylvia; Tran Ngoc, Khiem; Boulard, Brigitte; Righini, Giancarlo C.; Ferrari, Maurizio

    2013-03-01

    Glass ceramic activated by rare earth ions are nanocomposite systems that exhibit specific morphologic, structural and spectroscopic properties allowing to develop interesting new physical concepts, for instance the mechanism related to the transparency, as well as novel photonic devices based on the enhancement of the luminescence. At the state of art the fabrication techniques based on bottom-up and top-down approaches appear to be viable although a specific effort is required to achieve the necessary reliability and reproducibility of the preparation protocols. In particular, the dependence of the final product on the specific parent glass and on the employed synthesis still remain an important task of the research in material science. Glass-ceramic waveguides overcome some of the efficiency problems experienced with conventional waveguides. These two-phase materials are composed of nanocrystals embedded in an amorphous matrix. The respective volume fractions of the crystalline and amorphous phases determine the properties of the glass ceramic. They also represent a valid alternative to widely used glass hosts such as silica as an effective optical medium for light propagation and luminescence enhancement. Looking to application, the enhanced spectroscopic properties typical of glass ceramic in respect to those of the amorphous structures constitute an important point for the development of integrated optics devices, including optical amplifiers, monolithic waveguide laser, novel sensors, coating of spherical microresonators, and up and down converters for solar energy exploitation.

  4. Optical waveguide device with an adiabatically-varying width

    Watts; Michael R. , Nielson; Gregory N.

    2011-05-10

    Optical waveguide devices are disclosed which utilize an optical waveguide having a waveguide bend therein with a width that varies adiabatically between a minimum value and a maximum value of the width. One or more connecting members can be attached to the waveguide bend near the maximum value of the width thereof to support the waveguide bend or to supply electrical power to an impurity-doped region located within the waveguide bend near the maximum value of the width. The impurity-doped region can form an electrical heater or a semiconductor junction which can be activated with a voltage to provide a variable optical path length in the optical waveguide. The optical waveguide devices can be used to form a tunable interferometer (e.g. a Mach-Zehnder interferometer) which can be used for optical modulation or switching. The optical waveguide devices can also be used to form an optical delay line.

  5. Progress in planar optical waveguides

    Wang, Xianping; Cao, Zhuangqi

    2016-01-01

    This book provides a comprehensive description of various slab waveguide structures ranged from graded-index waveguide to symmetrical metal-cladding waveguide. In this book, the transfer Matrix method is developed and applied to analyze the simplest case and the complex generalizations. A novel symmetrical metal-cladding waveguide structure is proposed and systematically investigated for several issues of interest, such as biochemical sensing, Goos-Hänchen shift and the slow light effect, etc. Besides, this book summarizes the authors’ research works on waveguides over the last decade. The readers who are familiar with basic optics theory may find this book easy to read and rather inspiring.

  6. Optical waveguide theory

    Snyder, Allan W

    1983-01-01

    This text is intended to provide an in-depth, self-contained, treatment of optical waveguide theory. We have attempted to emphasize the underlying physical processes, stressing conceptual aspects, and have developed the mathematical analysis to parallel the physical intuition. We also provide comprehensive supplementary sections both to augment any deficiencies in mathematical background and to provide a self-consistent and rigorous mathematical approach. To assist in. understanding, each chapter con­ centrates principally on a single idea and is therefore comparatively short. Furthermore, over 150 problems with complete solutions are given to demonstrate applications of the theory. Accordingly, through simplicity of approach and numerous examples, this book is accessible to undergraduates. Many fundamental topics are presented here for the first time, but, more importantly, the material is brought together to give a unified treatment of basic ideas using the simplest approach possible. To achieve such a goa...

  7. Anisotropic and nonlinear optical waveguides

    Someda, CG

    1992-01-01

    Dielectric optical waveguides have been investigated for more than two decades. In the last ten years they have had the unique position of being simultaneously the backbone of a very practical and fully developed technology, as well as an extremely exciting area of basic, forefront research. Existing waveguides can be divided into two sets: one consisting of waveguides which are already in practical use, and the second of those which are still at the laboratory stage of their evolution. This book is divided into two separate parts: the first dealing with anisotropic waveguides, an

  8. Optical waveguide devices for bioanalysis

    Wilkinson, J.S.

    2010-01-01

    Integrated optical waveguides offer great potential as versatile platforms for constructing advanced biosensors, optical cell-sorters and integrated optofluidic systems, exploiting the technological approaches of microelectronics and guided-wave optics to realise low-cost on-chip systems. Progress towards optical integration in microsystems for bioanalysis will be discussed, with examples in key applications, and challenges and opportunities will be described.

  9. Omnidirectional optical waveguide

    Bora, Mihail; Bond, Tiziana C.

    2016-08-02

    In one embodiment, a system includes a scintillator material; a detector coupled to the scintillator material; and an omnidirectional waveguide coupled to the scintillator material, the omnidirectional waveguide comprising: a plurality of first layers comprising one or more materials having a refractive index in a first range; and a plurality of second layers comprising one or more materials having a refractive index in a second range, the second range being lower than the first range, a plurality of interfaces being defined between alternating ones of the first and second layers. In another embodiment, a method includes depositing alternating layers of a material having a relatively high refractive index and a material having a relatively low refractive index on a substrate to form an omnidirectional waveguide; and coupling the omnidirectional waveguide to at least one surface of a scintillator material.

  10. Coupled-resonator optical waveguides

    Raza, Søren; Grgic, Jure; Pedersen, Jesper Goor;

    2010-01-01

    Coupled-resonator optical waveguides hold potential for slow-light propagation of optical pulses. The dispersion properties may adequately be analyzed within the framework of coupled-mode theory. We extend the standard coupled-mode theory for such structures to also include complex...

  11. Optical Waveguide Lightmode Spectroscopic Techniques for Investigating Membrane-Bound Ion Channel Activities

    Székács, Inna; Kaszás, Nóra; Gróf, Pál; Erdélyi, Katalin; Szendrő, István; Mihalik, Balázs; Pataki, Ágnes; Antoni, Ferenc A.; Madarász, Emilia

    2013-01-01

    Optical waveguide lightmode spectroscopic (OWLS) techniques were probed for monitoring ion permeation through channels incorporated into artificial lipid environment. A novel sensor set-up was developed by depositing liposomes or cell-derived membrane fragments onto hydrophilic polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) membrane. The fibrous material of PTFE membrane could entrap lipoid vesicles and the water-filled pores provided environment for the hydrophilic domains of lipid-embedded proteins. The se...

  12. Optical Waveguide Sensing and Imaging

    Bock, Wojtek J; Tanev, Stoyan

    2008-01-01

    The book explores various aspects of existing and emerging fiber and waveguide optics sensing and imaging technologies including recent advances in nanobiophotonics. The focus is both on fundamental and applied research as well as on applications in civil engineering, biomedical sciences, environment, security and defence. The main goal of the multi-disciplinarry team of Editors was to provide an useful reference of state-of-the-art overviews covering a variety of complementary topics on the interface of engineering and biomedical sciences.

  13. Photonic crystal rod fibers: Understanding a new class of active optical waveguides

    Laurila, Marko

    of the rod fiber is evaluated in high power laser and laser amplifier configurations. The high power rod amplifier setup including the seed source is developed and characterized. Results obtained from the rod fiber showed simultaneously SM, near diffraction limited output beam quality with high...... which can accurately resolve propagation modes and their weights in optical waveguides to examine guiding properties and single-mode (SM) operation of different PCFs. A spatially and spectrally resolved (S2) imaging setup is developed to evaluate the SM properties of flexible PCF with a 40 μm core...... average power and pulse energy generation using both laser and laser amplifier configurations. Modal instabilities (MIs) in high power fiber amplifiers are discussed, and a memory effect of the MI threshold level together with a recovery method and evidence of improved performance while suppressing MIs...

  14. Direct Wafer Bonding and Its Application to Waveguide Optical Isolators

    Ryohei Takei

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available This paper reviews the direct bonding technique focusing on the waveguide optical isolator application. A surface activated direct bonding technique is a powerful tool to realize a tight contact between dissimilar materials. This technique has the potential advantage that dissimilar materials are bonded at low temperature, which enables one to avoid the issue associated with the difference in thermal expansion. Using this technique, a magneto-optic garnet is successfully bonded on silicon, III-V compound semiconductors and LiNbO3. As an application of this technique, waveguide optical isolators are investigated including an interferometric waveguide optical isolator and a semileaky waveguide optical isolator. The interferometric waveguide optical isolator that uses nonreciprocal phase shift is applicable to a variety of waveguide platforms. The low refractive index of buried oxide layer in a silicon-on-insulator (SOI waveguide enhances the magneto-optic phase shift, which contributes to the size reduction of the isolator. A semileaky waveguide optical isolator has the advantage of large fabrication-tolerance as well as a wide operation wavelength range.

  15. Waveguide optical amplifier for telecom applications

    Taccheo, Stefano; Zannin, Marcelo; Ennser, Karin; Careglio, Davide; Solé Pareta, Josep; Aracil Rico, Javier

    2009-01-01

    In this paper we review progress in optical gain clamped waveguide amplifiers for applications to optical communications. We demonstrate that compact waveguide devices may offer advantages compared to standard fiber amplifiers. In particular we focus on the application of gain clamping and optical burst switching networks where physical impairments may occur due to variation of the input power. Peer Reviewed

  16. Optical waveguide lightmode spectroscopic techniques for investigating membrane-bound ion channel activities.

    Székács, Inna; Kaszás, Nóra; Gróf, Pál; Erdélyi, Katalin; Szendrő, István; Mihalik, Balázs; Pataki, Agnes; Antoni, Ferenc A; Madarász, Emilia

    2013-01-01

    Optical waveguide lightmode spectroscopic (OWLS) techniques were probed for monitoring ion permeation through channels incorporated into artificial lipid environment. A novel sensor set-up was developed by depositing liposomes or cell-derived membrane fragments onto hydrophilic polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) membrane. The fibrous material of PTFE membrane could entrap lipoid vesicles and the water-filled pores provided environment for the hydrophilic domains of lipid-embedded proteins. The sensor surface was kept clean from the lipid holder PTFE membrane by a water- and ion-permeable polyethylene terephthalate (PET) mesh. The sensor set-up was tested with egg yolk lecithin liposomes containing gramicidin ion channels and with cell-derived membrane fragments enriched in GABA-gated anion channels. The method allowed monitoring the move of Na(+) and organic cations through gramicidin channels and detecting the Cl(-)-channel functions of the (α5β2γ2) GABAA receptor in the presence or absence of GABA and the competitive GABA-blocker bicuculline. PMID:24339925

  17. Optical waveguide lightmode spectroscopic techniques for investigating membrane-bound ion channel activities.

    Inna Székács

    Full Text Available Optical waveguide lightmode spectroscopic (OWLS techniques were probed for monitoring ion permeation through channels incorporated into artificial lipid environment. A novel sensor set-up was developed by depositing liposomes or cell-derived membrane fragments onto hydrophilic polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE membrane. The fibrous material of PTFE membrane could entrap lipoid vesicles and the water-filled pores provided environment for the hydrophilic domains of lipid-embedded proteins. The sensor surface was kept clean from the lipid holder PTFE membrane by a water- and ion-permeable polyethylene terephthalate (PET mesh. The sensor set-up was tested with egg yolk lecithin liposomes containing gramicidin ion channels and with cell-derived membrane fragments enriched in GABA-gated anion channels. The method allowed monitoring the move of Na(+ and organic cations through gramicidin channels and detecting the Cl(--channel functions of the (α5β2γ2 GABAA receptor in the presence or absence of GABA and the competitive GABA-blocker bicuculline.

  18. An Integrated Optical Memory based on Laser Written Waveguides

    Corrielli, Giacomo; Mazzera, Margherita; Osellame, Roberto; de Riedmatten, Hugues

    2016-01-01

    We report on the first realization of an integrated optical memory for light based on a laser written waveguide in a doped crystal. Using femto-second laser micromachining, we fabricate waveguides in Pr$^{3+}$:Y$_2$SiO$_5$ crystal. We demonstrate that the waveguide inscription does not affect the coherence properties of the material and that the light confinement in the waveguide increases the interaction with the active ions by a factor 6. We also demonstrate that, analogously to the bulk crystals, we can operate the optical pumping protocols necessary to prepare the population in atomic frequency combs, that we use to demonstrate light storage in excited and spin states of the Praseodymium ions. Our results represent the first realization of laser written waveguides in a Pr$^{3+}$:Y$_2$SiO$_5$ crystal and the first implementation of an integrated on-demand spin wave optical memory. They open new perspectives for integrated quantum memories.

  19. Functional planar thin film optical waveguide lasers

    Fabrication and characterization of planar and channel waveguiding thin films with the goal to develop active and passive elements are intensively studied over the last 20 years. Large scale of materials and properties were tested (morphology, crystallinity, luminescence, waveguiding, etc.). The goal of our contribution is to give an overview of materials and fabrication processes which were used for development and construction of functional planar waveguide lasers (PWL). The compact survey of finalized PWL and their basic parameters is given. A special part is devoted to fabrication of waveguide lasers using laser technology. Applications of thin film waveguide lasers are mentioned

  20. Femtosecond holography in planar optical waveguides

    Aseyev, S. A.; Cervantes, M. A.; Chekalin, S. V.; Kompanets, V. O.; Matveets, Yu. A.; Serov, O. B.; Smolovich, A. M.; Terpugov, V. S.

    2006-01-01

    Holograms recorded in planar optical waveguides by 30 fs pulses from the second harmonic of a Ti:Sapphire laser (λ is about 400 nm) are investigated. The 20 μm thick films of dichromated gelatin (n II = 1 .54) deposited on a polished quartz substrate (n I = 1 .456) is used as a planar waveguide model. The recording pulses enter the planar waveguide through its upper surface. Reconstruction in the waveguide regime is investigated for the cases when λ ≅633 nm and λ lies between 1150 and 1250 nm.

  1. Multi-element optical waveguide sensor: General concept and design.

    Smardzewski, R R

    1988-02-01

    A prototype of a self-contained multi-element optical waveguide sensor for detection and identification of the constituents of gaseous or liquid mixtures has been fabricated. The device consists of eight optical waveguides, each coated with a thin film known to react specifically with one or more components in a multicomponent system. An array of eight sequentially-activated light-emitting diodes is attached to the waveguide assembly in such a fashion as to activate each detection channel separately. Each waveguide is a fiber-optic coupled to a single high-gain, low-noise photomultiplier tube or photodiode/operational amplifier detector. The amplified signals can be displayed visually or input to a microprocessor pattern-recognition algorithm. CMOS analog switches/multiplexers are used in feedback loops to control automatic gain-ranging, light-level adjustment and channel-sequencing. Preliminary experiments involving the monitoring of redox/pH changes are discussed. PMID:18964475

  2. "Unmanned” optical micromanipulation using waveguide microstructures

    Bañas, Andrew Rafael; Palima, Darwin; Villangca, Mark Jayson;

    2013-01-01

    “programming” the motion. Our calculations show that for the same incident light, the net force resulting from the bent waveguide can be an order of magnitude higher compared to typically trapped microspheres. This optical micromanipulation does not require dynamically redrawing the light distribution, i...... could be microfabricated, the study of how optical forces behave in such structures become useful in the emerging field of optofludics. Recently, we have shown how optically maneuverable tapered waveguide microstructures can augment beam shaping experiments by delivering strongly focused light for...... biological samples. Besides coupling low NA light to submicron targets, waveguide microstructures can also be engineered for the resulting optical forces. Interesting particle motion had been demonstrated through light’s interaction with matter, i.e. absorption, reflection or refraction. Since waveguides can...

  3. Recent progress on polymer optical waveguides

    Kobayashi, Junya

    2008-02-01

    Intensive research on optical interconnection over flexible optical circuit boards has been undertaken for such applications as high-end routers, servers and cellular phones. And these flexible optical circuit boards are expected to be used for polymer optical waveguides. This paper reports recent progress on polymer optical waveguides. It also describes a flexible stamping method, which employs a flexible film stamp made of polymeric materials. Unlike conventional hard stamps, the flexible film stamp does not require either the stamp or its substrate to be perfectly flat, which means large area stamping is easy to achieve at reduced cost. We confirmed this by replicating 50 μm multi-mode optical polymer waveguides. The propagation loss of the waveguide is fairly low at 0.06 dB/cm at a wavelength of 850 nm. This loss is sufficiently small to meet the basic requirement for optical circuit boards, and the waveguide was used to fabricate a flexible optical circuit board with MT connectors.

  4. Optical Amplification and Photosensitivity in Sol-Gel Based Waveguides

    Selvarajan, A; T. Srinivas

    2001-01-01

    The sol-gel process has emerged as an effective route for the fabrication of optical waveguides and guided wave devices and circuits. In particular, it is possible to incorporate active dopants like neodymium, erbium, and cesium for integrated optical active devices and circuits. In this paper, a review of recent research on active devices and circuits based on sol-gel process is made. Specific studies undertaken in our laboratory on optical amplification and photosensitivity characteristi...

  5. Characterization of silicon micro-optical waveguides

    Khanna, Amit

    2008-01-01

    In modern electronic circuitry, electrical interconnects have not kept pace with increasing electronic processing speed. Various drawbacks of electrical domain viz. bandwidth limitation, signal delay, electromagnetic wave phenomenon propelled the use of optical fibers. Optical waveguides provide a novel solution because of the absence of these phenomena in the optical domain. Various materials like polymers, III-V semiconductor compounds, LiNbO3 etc. have been analyzed for fabricating optical...

  6. Nonlinear Integrated Optical Waveguides in Chalcogenide Glasses

    Yinlan; Ruan; Barry; Luther-Davies; Weitang; Li; Andrei; Rode; Marek; Samoc

    2003-01-01

    This paper reports on the study and measurement of the third order optical nonlinearity in bulk sulfide-based chalcogenide glasses; The fabrication process of the ultrafast laser deposited As-S-(Se)-based chalcogenide films and optical waveguides using two techniques: wet chemistry etching and plasma etching.

  7. Optical touch screen based on waveguide sensing

    Pedersen, Henrik Chresten; Jakobsen, Michael Linde; Hanson, Steen Grüner;

    2011-01-01

    We disclose a simple, optical touch screen technique based on a planar injection molded polymer waveguide, a single laser, and a small linear detector array. The solution significantly reduces the complexity and cost as compared to existing optical touch technologies. Force detection of a touching...

  8. Planar integrated optical waveguide used as a transducer to yield chemical information: detection of the activity of proteolytic enzymes e.g. serine-proteases

    Zhylyak, Gleb; Ramoz-Perez, Victor; Linnhoff, Michael; Hug, Thomas; Citterio, Daniel; Spichiger-Keller, Ursula E.

    2005-03-01

    The paper shows the very first results of a feasibility study where the activity of proteolytic enzymes towards dye-labelled artificial substrates immobilized on the surface of planar optical Ta2O5 waveguide was investigated. Within this project, a chromophore label was developed, synthesized and attached to the carboxy-terminus of specific tripeptides. The goal was to develop a highly sensitive optical assay in order to monitor the activity of serine-proteases by cleavage of the amide bond between peptide and chromophore. On the one hand, a strategy was developed to immobilize the labeled tripeptide unto integrated planar waveguides. On the other hand, an instrument, the so-called "chip-reader" was developed to detect the biological process on the surface of the integrated planar optical waveguide. Surface characteristics were analyzed by XPS, TOF-SIMS and contact angle measurements. A comparison between the effectivity of ATR-photometry on chip using TE0 mode and photometry in transmission mode is discussed.

  9. Chalcogenide Glass Optical Waveguides for Infrared Biosensing

    Bruno Bureau

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available Due to the remarkable properties of chalcogenide (Chg glasses, Chg optical waveguides should play a significant role in the development of optical biosensors. This paper describes the fabrication and properties of chalcogenide fibres and planar waveguides. Using optical fibre transparent in the mid-infrared spectral range we have developed a biosensor that can collect information on whole metabolism alterations, rapidly and in situ. Thanks to this sensor it is possible to collect infrared spectra by remote spectroscopy, by simple contact with the sample. In this way, we tried to determine spectral modifications due, on the one hand, to cerebral metabolism alterations caused by a transient focal ischemia in the rat brain and, in the other hand, starvation in the mouse liver. We also applied a microdialysis method, a well known technique for in vivo brain metabolism studies, as reference. In the field of integrated microsensors, reactive ion etching was used to pattern rib waveguides between 2 and 300 μm wide. This technique was used to fabricate Y optical junctions for optical interconnections on chalcogenide amorphous films, which can potentially increase the sensitivity and stability of an optical micro-sensor. The first tests were also carried out to functionalise the Chg planar waveguides with the aim of using them as (biosensors.

  10. Chalcogenide Glass Optical Waveguides for Infrared Biosensing

    Anne, Marie-Laure; Keirsse, Julie; Nazabal, Virginie; Hyodo, Koji; Inoue, Satoru; Boussard-Pledel, Catherine; Lhermite, Hervé; Charrier, Joël; Yanakata, Kiyoyuki; Loreal, Olivier; Le Person, Jenny; Colas, Florent; Compère, Chantal; Bureau, Bruno

    2009-01-01

    Due to the remarkable properties of chalcogenide (Chg) glasses, Chg optical waveguides should play a significant role in the development of optical biosensors. This paper describes the fabrication and properties of chalcogenide fibres and planar waveguides. Using optical fibre transparent in the mid-infrared spectral range we have developed a biosensor that can collect information on whole metabolism alterations, rapidly and in situ. Thanks to this sensor it is possible to collect infrared spectra by remote spectroscopy, by simple contact with the sample. In this way, we tried to determine spectral modifications due, on the one hand, to cerebral metabolism alterations caused by a transient focal ischemia in the rat brain and, in the other hand, starvation in the mouse liver. We also applied a microdialysis method, a well known technique for in vivo brain metabolism studies, as reference. In the field of integrated microsensors, reactive ion etching was used to pattern rib waveguides between 2 and 300 μm wide. This technique was used to fabricate Y optical junctions for optical interconnections on chalcogenide amorphous films, which can potentially increase the sensitivity and stability of an optical micro-sensor. The first tests were also carried out to functionalise the Chg planar waveguides with the aim of using them as (bio)sensors. PMID:22423209

  11. Electro-optic switching based on a waveguide-ring resonator made of dielectric-loaded graphene plasmon waveguides

    Qi, Zhe; Zhu, Zhi Hong; Xu, Wei; Zhang, Jian Fa; Cai Guo, Chu; Liu, Ken; Yuan, Xiao Dong; Qiao Qin, Shi

    2016-09-01

    We numerically demonstrate that electro-optic switching in the mid-infrared range can be realized using a waveguide-ring resonator made of dielectric-loaded graphene plasmon waveguides (DLGPWs). The numerical results are in good agreement with the results of physical analysis. The switching mechanism is based on dynamic modification of the resonant wavelengths of the ring resonator, achieved by varying the Fermi energy of a graphene sheet. The results reveal that a switching ratio of ∼24 dB can be achieved with only a 0.01 eV change in the Fermi energy. Such electrically controlled switching operation may find use in actively tunable integrated photonic circuits.

  12. Photosensitive optical waveguide film for high-speed optical interconnection

    Next generation high performance electronics requires high-speed, high-density and low power consumption signal transmission. The optical interconnection is one of the best promising solutions and the optical waveguide technology is a key driver. This paper presents photosensitive polymer film materials with high optical transparency and thermal properties. The materials are designed to fabricate high density multimode optical interconnections, using lamination and exposure development processes. The authors report design of the materials, process, and properties of optical waveguides, as well as future aspects of applications. (Author)

  13. PLANAR OPTICAL WAVEGUIDES WITH PHOTONIC CRYSTAL STRUCTURE

    2003-01-01

    Planar optical waveguide comprising a core region and a cladding region comprising a photonic crystal material, said photonic crystal material having a lattice of column elements, wherein at least a number of said column elements are elongated substantially in an axial direction for said core...

  14. Planar Silicon Optical Waveguide Light Modulators

    Leistiko, Otto; Bak, H.

    1994-01-01

    The results of an experimental investigation of a new type of optical waveguide based on planar technology in which the liglht guiding and modulation are achieved by exploiting free carrier effects in silicon are presented. Light is guided between the n+ substrate and two p+ regions, which also...

  15. Micropositioning of microsphere resonators on planar optical waveguides

    Murugan, Ganapathy Senthil; Panitchob, Yuwapat; Tull, Elizabeth J.; Bartlett, Philip N.; Wilkinson, James S.

    2006-01-01

    Topographical structures to position microsphere resonators accurately upon planar optical waveguides have been designed and fabricated. The methods being employed to assemble the microspheres on the patterned planar waveguides are discussed.

  16. Design of microstructured waveguide devices for applications in optical sensing

    Town, G.E.; McCosker, R.; Yuan, Scott Wu;

    2010-01-01

    Microstructured waveguides provide a versatile platform for controlling interactions between light and their environment. We show how microstructured waveguides may be designed to improve the performance of optical sensors, and discuss their practical implementation.......Microstructured waveguides provide a versatile platform for controlling interactions between light and their environment. We show how microstructured waveguides may be designed to improve the performance of optical sensors, and discuss their practical implementation....

  17. Integrated Optical Memory Based on Laser-Written Waveguides

    Corrielli, Giacomo; Seri, Alessandro; Mazzera, Margherita; Osellame, Roberto; de Riedmatten, Hugues

    2016-05-01

    We propose and demonstrate a physical platform for the realization of integrated photonic memories based on laser-written waveguides in rare-earth-doped crystals. Using femtosecond-laser micromachining, we fabricate waveguides in Pr3 +∶Y2SiO5 crystal. We demonstrate that the waveguide inscription does not affect the coherence properties of the material and that the light confinement in the waveguide increases the interaction with the active ions by a factor of 6. We also demonstrate that analogous to the bulk crystals, we can operate the optical pumping protocols necessary to prepare the population in atomic-frequency combs that we use to demonstrate light storage in excited and spin states of the Praseodymium ions. Our results represent a realization of laser-written waveguides in a Pr3 +∶Y2SiO5 crystal and an implementation of an integrated on-demand spin-wave optical memory. They open perspectives for integrated quantum memories.

  18. Ion beam irradiated optical channel waveguides

    Banyasz, I.; Rajta, I.; Nagy, G. U. L.; Zolnai, Z.; Havránek, Vladimír; Pelli, S.; Veres, M.; Himics, L.; Berneschi, S.; Nunzi-Conti, G.; Righini, G. C.

    Vol. 8988. Washington: SPIE International, 2014, s. 898814. ISBN 978-0-8194-9901-1. ISSN 0277-786X. [Conference on Integrated Optics - Devices, materials, and Technologies XVIII. San Francisco (US), 03.02.2014-05.02.2014] R&D Projects: GA MŠk LM2011019 Institutional support: RVO:61389005 Keywords : channel optical waveguides * ion beam irradiation * Er-doped tungsten-tellurite glass * bismuth germanate * SRIM simulation * phase contrast microscopy * micro Raman spectroscopy * focused ion beam Subject RIV: BH - Optics, Masers, Lasers

  19. Optical waveguides using PDMS-metal oxide hybrid nanocomposites

    Hosseinzadeh, Arash; Middlebrook, Christopher T.; Mullins, Michael E.

    2015-03-01

    Development of passive and active polymer based optical materials for high data rate waveguide routing and interconnects has gained increased attention because of their excellent properties such as low absorption, cost savings, and ease in fabrication. However, optical polymers are typically limited in the range of their refraction indices. Combining polymeric and inorganic optical materials provides advantages for as development of nano-composites with higher refractive indices with the possibility of being used as an active optical component. In this paper a new composite material is proposed based on polymer-metal oxide nano-composites for use as optical wave guiding structures and components. PDMS (Polydimethylsiloxane) is utilized for the polymer portion while the inorganic material is titanium dioxide. Refraction indices as high as 1.74 have been reported using these composites. For PDMS-TiO2 hybrids, the higher the ratio of titanium dioxide to PDMS, the higher the resulting refractive index. The index of refraction as a function of the PDMS:TiO2 ratio is reported with an emphasis on use as optical waveguide devices. Absorption spectrum of the nano-composites is measured showing low absorption at 850 nm and high absorption in the UV regime for direct UV laser/light curing. Prototype multimode waveguides are fabricated using soft imprint embossing that is compatible with the low viscosity nano-composite material. Cross dimensional shape and profile show the potential for full scale development utilizing the material set.

  20. Fabrication of hollow optical waveguides on planar substrates

    Barber, John P.

    This dissertation presents the fabrication of hollow optical waveguides integrated on planar substrates. Similar in principle to Bragg waveguides and other photonic crystal waveguides, the antiresonant reflecting optical waveguide (ARROW) is used to guide light in hollow cores filled with liquids or gases. Waveguides with liquid or gas cores are an important new building block for integrated optical sensors. The fabrication method developed for hollow ARROW waveguides makes use of standard microfabrication processes and materials. Dielectric layers are deposited on a silicon wafer using plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) to form the bottom layers of the ARROW waveguide. A sacrificial core material is then deposited and patterned. Core materials used include aluminum, SU-8 and reflowed photoresist, each resulting in a different core geometry. Additional dielectric layers are then deposited, forming the top and sides of the waveguide. The sacrificial core is then removed in an acid solution, resulting in a hollow ARROW waveguide. Experiments investigating the mechanical strength of the hollow waveguides and the etching characteristics of the sacrificial core suggest design rules for the different core types. Integration of solid-core waveguides is accomplished by etching a ridge into the top dielectric layer of the ARROW structure. Improved optical performance can be obtained by forming the waveguides on top of a raised pedestal on the silicon substrate. Loss measurements on hollow ARROW waveguides fabricated in this manner gave loss coefficients of 0.26 cm-1 for liquid-core waveguides and 2.6 cm-1 for air-core waveguides. Fluorescence measurements in liquid-core ARROW waveguides have achieved single-molecule detection sensitivity. Integrated optical filters based on ARROW waveguides were fabricated, and preliminary results of a capillary electrophoresis separation device using a hollow ARROW indicate the feasibility of such devices for future

  1. Formation of Optical Solitons in Nonlinear Photonic Crystal Waveguides

    兰胜; 陈雄文

    2004-01-01

    Relying on the huge group velocity dispersion available in photonic crystal (PC) waveguides, we observe the formation of both Bragg grating solitons and gap solitons in nonlinear PC waveguides in numericalexperiments. Also,we indicate the potential applications of optical solitons in optical limiting, optical delay, and pulse compression and the feasibility of observing optical solitons in practical experiments.

  2. Optical modulation of terahertz pulses in a parallel plate waveguide

    Cooke, David; Jepsen, Peter Uhd

    2008-01-01

    In this work we present a technique for optically modulating a terahertz pulse inside a parallel plate waveguide. A novel semiconductor filled waveguide is formed by coating both sides of a thin, high resistivity silicon slab with a transparent conducting oxide. While the waveguide is intrinsically...

  3. Optical security elements based on waveguide effects

    Possolt, Martin; Škereň, M.; Svoboda, J.

    Vol. 9442. Bellingham: SPIE-INT SOC OPTICAL ENGINEERING, 2015 - (Kovačičinová, J.; Vít, T.), s. 944214-944214. (SPIE). ISBN 978-1-62841-557-5. ISSN 0277-786X. [Optics and Measurement Conference 2014 (OaM 2014). Liberec (CZ), 07.10.2014-10.10.2014] Institutional support: RVO:61389021 Keywords : diffractive security element * waveguide effect * grating coupler Subject RIV: JA - Electronics ; Optoelectronics, Electrical Engineering http://spie.org/Publications/Proceedings/Paper/10.1117/12.2175918

  4. Colloidal optical waveguides structured by light

    Brzobohatý, Oto; Kaňka, Jan; Chvátal, Lukáš; Ježek, Jan; Zemánek, Pavel

    New York : City College of New York, 2015. ISBN 978-2-9545460-7-0. [META’15. International Conference on Metamaterials, Photonic Crystals and Plasmonics /6./. New York (US), 04.08.2015-07.08.2015] R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GA14-16195S; GA TA ČR TE01020233; GA MŠk(CZ) LO1212; GA MŠk ED0017/01/01 Institutional support: RVO:68081731 Keywords : colloidal optical waveguides Subject RIV: BH - Optics, Masers, Lasers

  5. Advanced materials for integrated optical waveguides

    Tong Ph D, Xingcun Colin

    2014-01-01

    This book provides a comprehensive introduction to integrated optical waveguides for information technology and data communications. Integrated coverage ranges from advanced materials, fabrication, and characterization techniques to guidelines for design and simulation. A concluding chapter offers perspectives on likely future trends and challenges. The dramatic scaling down of feature sizes has driven exponential improvements in semiconductor productivity and performance in the past several decades. However, with the potential of gigascale integration, size reduction is approaching a physical limitation due to the negative impact on resistance and inductance of metal interconnects with current copper-trace based technology. Integrated optics provides a potentially lower-cost, higher performance alternative to electronics in optical communication systems. Optical interconnects, in which light can be generated, guided, modulated, amplified, and detected, can provide greater bandwidth, lower power consumption, ...

  6. Grating assisted optical waveguide coupler to excite individual modes of a multi-mode waveguide

    Bremer, K.; Lochmann, S.; Roth, B.

    2015-12-01

    Spatial division multiplexing (SDM) in the form of mode division multiplexing (MDM) in multi-mode (MM) waveguides is currently explored to overcome the capacity limitation of single-mode (SM) waveguides in data transmission technology. In this work a new approach towards mode selective optical waveguide couplers to multiplex and demultiplex individual modes of MM waveguides is presented. We discuss a grating assisted mode selective optical waveguide coupler and evaluate numerically its coupling efficiency. The approach relies on a grating structure in a SM waveguide which is used to excite individual modes of an adjacent unmodified MM waveguide via evanescent field coupling. The simulations verify that by using the grating structure and tailoring the grating period, light from the SM waveguide can be coupled selectively into the fundamental mode or any higher-order mode of a MM waveguide with high efficiency and low crosstalk to adjacent mode-channels. The results indicate the potential of the grating assisted waveguide coupler approach for future applications in on-chip photonic networks and the (de)multiplexing of individual modes of MM waveguides.

  7. Optical waveguide mode control by nanoslit-enhanced terahertz field

    Novitsky, Andrey; Zalkovskij, Maksim; Malureanu, Radu; Jepsen, Peter Uhd; Lavrinenko, Andrei

    2012-01-01

    In this Letter we propose a scheme providing control over an optical waveguide mode by a terahertz (THz) wave. The scheme is based on an optimization of the overlap between the optical waveguide mode and the THz field, with the THz field strength enhanced by the presence of a metallic nanoslit...

  8. Silicon Nitride Waveguides for Plasmon Optical Trapping and Sensing Applications

    Zhao, Qiancheng; Huang, Yuewang; Capolino, Filippo; Boyraz, Ozdal

    2015-01-01

    We demonstrate a silicon nitride trench waveguide deposited with bowtie antennas for plasmonic enhanced optical trapping. The sub-micron silicon nitride trench waveguides were fabricated with conventional optical lithography in a low cost manner. The waveguides embrace not only low propagation loss and high nonlinearity, but also the inborn merits of combining micro-fluidic channel and waveguide together. Analyte contained in the trapezoidal trench channel can interact with the evanescent field from the waveguide beneath. The evanescent field can be further enhanced by plasmonic nanostructures. With the help of gold nano bowtie antennas, the studied waveguide shows outstanding trapping capability on 10 nm polystyrene nanoparticles. We show that the bowtie antennas can lead to 60-fold enhancement of electric field in the antenna gap. The optical trapping force on a nanoparticle is boosted by three orders of magnitude. A strong tendency shows the nanoparticle is likely to move to the high field strength region,...

  9. Single-mode glass waveguide technology for optical interchip communication on board level

    Brusberg, Lars; Neitz, Marcel; Schröder, Henning

    2012-01-01

    The large bandwidth demand in long-distance telecom networks lead to single-mode fiber interconnects as result of low dispersion, low loss and dense wavelength multiplexing possibilities. In contrast, multi-mode interconnects are suitable for much shorter lengths up to 300 meters and are promising for optical links between racks and on board level. Active optical cables based on multi-mode fiber links are at the market and research in multi-mode waveguide integration on board level is still going on. Compared to multi-mode, a single-mode waveguide has much more integration potential because of core diameters of around 20% of a multi-mode waveguide by a much larger bandwidth. But light coupling in single-mode waveguides is much more challenging because of lower coupling tolerances. Together with the silicon photonics technology, a single-mode waveguide technology on board-level will be the straight forward development goal for chip-to-chip optical interconnects integration. Such a hybrid packaging platform providing 3D optical single-mode links bridges the gap between novel photonic integrated circuits and the glass fiber based long-distance telecom networks. Following we introduce our 3D photonic packaging approach based on thin glass substrates with planar integrated optical single-mode waveguides for fiber-to-chip and chip-to-chip interconnects. This novel packaging approach merges micro-system packaging and glass integrated optics. It consists of a thin glass substrate with planar integrated singlemode waveguide circuits, optical mirrors and lenses providing an integration platform for photonic IC assembly and optical fiber interconnect. Thin glass is commercially available in panel and wafer formats and characterizes excellent optical and high-frequency properties. That makes it perfect for microsystem packaging. The paper presents recent results in single-mode waveguide technology on wafer level and waveguide characterization. Furthermore the integration in a

  10. Nonlinear optical localization in embedded chalcogenide waveguide arrays

    Mingshan Li

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available We report the nonlinear optical localization in an embedded waveguide array fabricated in chalcogenide glass. The array, which consists of seven waveguides with circularly symmetric cross sections, is realized by ultrafast laser writing. Light propagation in the chalcogenide waveguide array is studied with near infrared laser pulses centered at 1040 nm. The peak intensity required for nonlinear localization for the 1-cm long waveguide array was 35.1 GW/cm2, using 10-nJ pulses with 300-fs pulse width, which is 70 times lower than that reported in fused silica waveguide arrays and with over 7 times shorter interaction distance. Results reported in this paper demonstrated that ultrafast laser writing is a viable tool to produce 3D all-optical switching waveguide circuits in chalcogenide glass.

  11. Solutions of the 2-D Helmoholtz equation for optical waveguides

    In both optical fibers and integrated optical devices, the basic phenomenon is that of waveguidance, and in order to effectively analyse and design these waveguides, it is necessary to understand the phenomenon of guidance through them. in the most basic form, this requires the solutions of Maxwell's equations for the boundary conditions represented by the waveguiding structure. Fortunately, for optical waveguides, in most cases of practical importance, it suffices to solve the much simpler Helmholtz equation. However, is still difficult to solve this equation for those integrated optical structures which provide two-dimensional confinement to optical waves. In this case the Helmholtz equation is a partial differential equation and one has to use approximate and/or numerical techniques to obtain its solutions. The present report is concerned with some of such techniques developed recently. 40 refs, 10 figs, 4 tabs

  12. Chirped optical pulse compression using a silicon photonic crystal waveguide

    We present an integrated pulse compression method for chirped optical pulses based on silicon photonic crystal (PhC) line-defect waveguides. The PhC waveguide structure and dimensions, including the radius of the hole and the thickness of the slab, are carefully designed for effective pulse compression in a short waveguide. In the optimized PhC waveguide, the pulse is effectively compressed and a compression factor, which is defined as the ratio of the output pulse width with respect to the input pulse width, as small as 0.096 is achieved. Analysis shows that the compression effect depends on the initial chirp, the peak power, and the width of the input pulse. In order to realize the best compression, the PhC waveguide length should be carefully chosen to balance the initial chirp, dispersion and nonlinearity of the waveguide. (paper)

  13. Polymeric optical waveguide devices exploiting special properties of polymer materials

    Oh, Min-Cheol; Chu, Woo-Sung; Shin, Jin-Soo; Kim, Jun-Whee; Kim, Kyung-Jo; Seo, Jun-Kyu; Lee, Hak-Kyu; Noh, Young-Ouk; Lee, Hyung-Jong

    2016-03-01

    Optical polymer materials have many unique features that are unavailable in other inorganic optical materials. These include large thermo-optic effect with low thermal conductivity, index tunability by solution blending, structural diversity, freestanding flexibility, and controllable birefringence. Various functional integrated optic devices have been investigated by our group based on the specialties of fluorinated polymer material, which include extremely low crosstalk integrated optics, strain-controlled flexible waveguide tunable lasers, and birefringence-tuned polarization controllers. They have been demonstrated to have good performance, large fabrication tolerance, and high reliability, and they will be important building blocks for extending the application territory of polymeric optical waveguide devices.

  14. Numerical simulation methods for wave propagation through optical waveguides

    The simulation of the field propagation through waveguides requires numerical solutions of the Helmholtz equation. For this purpose a method based on the principle of orthogonal collocation was recently developed. The method is also applicable to nonlinear pulse propagation through optical fibers. Some of the salient features of this method and its application to both linear and nonlinear wave propagation through optical waveguides are discussed in this report. 51 refs, 8 figs, 2 tabs

  15. Sub-micrometer waveguide for nano-optics

    Rottwitt, Karsten; Dyndgaard, Morten Glarborg; Andersen, Karin Nordström; Hansen, T.B.

    2003-01-01

    With the recent progress within the field of processing nano structures, there is an increasing interest in coupling light into such structures both for characterization of optical properties and new optical components. In this work we propose the use of a sub-micrometer planar waveguide for...... probing the reflection of light against a nano structure. The planar waveguide is based on a silicon nitride core layer, surrounded by a silica cladding region. In our design we utilize this waveguide to couple light into a nano-structure....

  16. Wave-guided Optical Waveguides tracked and coupled using dynamic diffractive optics

    Glückstad, Jesper; Villangca, Mark Jayson; Bañas, Andrew Rafael;

    With light’s miniscule momentum, shrinking robotics down to the micro- and nano-scale regime creates opportunities for exploiting optical forces and near-field light delivery in advanced actuation and control atthe smallest physical dimensions. Advancing light-driven nano- or micro-actuation requ......With light’s miniscule momentum, shrinking robotics down to the micro- and nano-scale regime creates opportunities for exploiting optical forces and near-field light delivery in advanced actuation and control atthe smallest physical dimensions. Advancing light-driven nano- or micro...... waveguides (WOWs) [2]. As the WOWs are optically trapped and maneuvered in 3D-space, it is important to maintain efficient light-coupling through these free-standing waveguides within their operating volume [3]. We propose the use ofdynamic diffractive techniques to create focal spots that will track and...... couple to the WOWs during full volume operation. This is done by using a spatial light modulator to encode the necessary diffractive phase patterns to generate the multiple and dynamic coupling spots. The method is initially tested for a single WOW and we have experimentally demonstrated dynamic tracking...

  17. Fabrication of optical channel waveguides in crystals and glasses using macro- and micro ion beams

    Bányász, I., E-mail: banyasz@sunserv.kfki.hu [Wigner Research Centre for Physics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, P.O. Box 49, H-1525 Budapest (Hungary); Rajta, I.; Nagy, G.U.L. [MTA Atomki, Institute for Nuclear Research, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, P.O. Box 51, H-4001 Debrecen (Hungary); Zolnai, Z. [Research Institute for Technical Physics and Materials Science, Research Centre for Natural Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, P.O. Box 49, H-1525 Budapest (Hungary); Havranek, V. [Nuclear Physics Institute AV CR, Řež near Prague 250 68 (Czech Republic); Pelli, S. [MDF-Lab, “Nello Carrara” Institute of Applied Physics, IFAC-CNR, Via Madonna del Piano 10, 50019 Sesto Fiorentino, FI (Italy); “Enrico Fermi” Center for Study and Research, Piazza del Viminale 2, 00184 Roma (Italy); Veres, M. [Wigner Research Centre for Physics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, P.O. Box 49, H-1525 Budapest (Hungary); Berneschi, S.; Nunzi-Conti, G. [MDF-Lab, “Nello Carrara” Institute of Applied Physics, IFAC-CNR, Via Madonna del Piano 10, 50019 Sesto Fiorentino, FI (Italy); Righini, G.C. [“Enrico Fermi” Center for Study and Research, Piazza del Viminale 2, 00184 Roma (Italy)

    2014-07-15

    Active and passive optical waveguides are fundamental elements in modern telecommunications systems. A great number of optical crystals and glasses were identified and are used as good optoelectronic materials. However, fabrication of waveguides in some of those materials remains still a challenging task due to their susceptibility to mechanical or chemical damages during processing. Researches were initiated on ion beam fabrication of optical waveguides in tellurite glasses. Channel waveguides were written in Er:TeO{sub 2}–WO{sub 3} glass through a special silicon mask using 1.5 MeV N{sup +} irradiation. This method was improved by increasing N{sup +} energy to 3.5 MeV to achieve confinement at the 1550 nm wavelength, too. An alternative method, direct writing of the channel waveguides in the tellurite glass using focussed beams of 6–11 MeV C{sup 3+} and C{sup 5+} and 5 MeV N{sup 3+}, has also been developed. Channel waveguides were fabricated in undoped eulytine-(Bi{sub 4}Ge{sub 3}O{sub 12}) and sillenite type (Bi{sub 12}GeO{sub 20}) bismuth germanate crystals using both a special silicon mask and a thick SU8 photoresist mask and 3.5 MeV N{sup +} irradiation. The waveguides were studied by phase contrast and interference microscopy and micro Raman spectroscopy. Guiding properties were checked by the end fire method.

  18. Fabrication of optical channel waveguides in crystals and glasses using macro- and micro ion beams

    Active and passive optical waveguides are fundamental elements in modern telecommunications systems. A great number of optical crystals and glasses were identified and are used as good optoelectronic materials. However, fabrication of waveguides in some of those materials remains still a challenging task due to their susceptibility to mechanical or chemical damages during processing. Researches were initiated on ion beam fabrication of optical waveguides in tellurite glasses. Channel waveguides were written in Er:TeO2–WO3 glass through a special silicon mask using 1.5 MeV N+ irradiation. This method was improved by increasing N+ energy to 3.5 MeV to achieve confinement at the 1550 nm wavelength, too. An alternative method, direct writing of the channel waveguides in the tellurite glass using focussed beams of 6–11 MeV C3+ and C5+ and 5 MeV N3+, has also been developed. Channel waveguides were fabricated in undoped eulytine-(Bi4Ge3O12) and sillenite type (Bi12GeO20) bismuth germanate crystals using both a special silicon mask and a thick SU8 photoresist mask and 3.5 MeV N+ irradiation. The waveguides were studied by phase contrast and interference microscopy and micro Raman spectroscopy. Guiding properties were checked by the end fire method

  19. Comprehensive study on the concept of temporal optical waveguides

    Zhou, Junhe; Zheng, Guozeng; Wu, Jianjie

    2016-06-01

    Time and space are dual variables which bring a lot of analogies during theoretical study. In this paper, we extend the concept of a spatial optical waveguide to the temporal domain. Here we show that it is possible to confine the optical pulse within a time interval by introducing the temporal index boundaries. The confined pulse will propagate at a speed of the index change in the waveguide, and it will be behind the original optical pulse which propagates without the temporal index variations. In this way, we may offer an approach to broaden the bandwidth of the slow light and to tune the light speed based on the existing slow light devices. The temporal waveguide has modes, which are the temporal waveforms maintaining their shapes during the propagation. In a single-mode temporal waveguide, the pulse retains its shape as the only mode of the waveguide just like an optical soliton. In a multimode temporal waveguide, multimode interference effect exists, which can duplicate a single pulse into multiple copies and be potentially implemented for all-optical signal processing.

  20. Dynamic diffraction-limited light-coupling of 3D-maneuvered wave-guided optical waveguides

    Villangca, Mark Jayson; Bañas, Andrew Rafael; Palima, Darwin;

    2014-01-01

    We have previously proposed and demonstrated the targeted-light delivery capability of wave-guided optical waveguides (WOWs). As the WOWs are maneuvered in 3D space, it is important to maintain efficient light coupling through the waveguides within their operating volume. We propose the use of...

  1. Effect of patterns and inhomogeneities on the surface of waveguides used for optical waveguide lightmode spectroscopy applications

    Horvath, R.; Voros, J.; Graf, R.;

    2001-01-01

    It has been found that patterns acid inhomogeneities on the surface of the waveguide used fur optical waveguide lightmode spectroscopy applications can produce broadening and fine structure in the incoupled light peak spectra. During cell spreading on the waveguide, a broadening of the incoupling...... observed effects. Numerical results are given for the different cases observed, and they are compared with the experimental data. Several possible applications of these effects are considered.......It has been found that patterns acid inhomogeneities on the surface of the waveguide used fur optical waveguide lightmode spectroscopy applications can produce broadening and fine structure in the incoupled light peak spectra. During cell spreading on the waveguide, a broadening of the incoupling...... peaks is observed, while regular microstructures on the incoupling grating produce shifts and splitting of the peaks. A theoretical model, based on the zigzag wave representation of light propagation in a planar optical waveguide has been developed in order to understand the physical background of the...

  2. Optical coupling of bare optoelectronic components and flexographically printed polymer waveguides in planar optronic systems

    Wang, Yixiao; Wolfer, Tim; Lange, Alex; Overmeyer, Ludger

    2016-05-01

    Large scale, planar optronic systems allowing spatially distributed functionalities can be well used in diverse sensor networks, such as for monitoring the environment by measuring various physical quantities in medicine or aeronautics. In these systems, mechanically flexible and optically transparent polymeric foils, e.g. polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) and polyethylene terephthalate (PET), are employed as carrier materials. A benefit of using these materials is their low cost. The optical interconnections from light sources to light transmission structures in planar optronic systems occupy a pivotal position for the sensing functions. As light sources, we employ the optoelectronic components, such as edgeemitting laser diodes, in form of bare chips, since their extremely small structures facilitate a high integration compactness and ensure sufficient system flexibility. Flexographically printed polymer optical waveguides are deployed as light guiding structures for short-distance communication in planar optronic systems. Printing processes are utilized for this generation of waveguides to achieve a cost-efficient large scale and high-throughput production. In order to attain a high-functional optronic system for sensing applications, one of the most essential prerequisites is the high coupling efficiency between the light sources and the waveguides. Therefore, in this work, we focus on the multimode polymer waveguide with a parabolic cross-section and investigate its optical coupling with the bare laser diode. We establish the geometrical model of the alignment based on the previous works on the optodic bonding of bare laser diodes and the fabrication process of polymer waveguides with consideration of various parameters, such as the beam profile of the laser diode, the employed polymer properties of the waveguides as well as the carrier substrates etc. Accordingly, the optical coupling of the bare laser diodes and the polymer waveguides was simulated

  3. Silicon nanocrystals in silica-Novel active waveguides for nanophotonics

    Nanophotonic structures combining electronic confinement in nanocrystals with photon confinement in photonic structures are potential building blocks of future Si-based photonic devices. Here, we present a detailed optical investigation of active planar waveguides fabricated by Si+-ion implantation (400 keV, fluences from 3 to 6x1017 cm-2) of fused silica and thermally oxidized Si wafers. Si nanocrystals formed after annealing emit red-IR photoluminescence (PL) (under UV-blue excitation) and define a layer of high refractive index that guides part of the PL emission. Light from external sources can also be coupled into the waveguides (directly to the polished edge facet or from the surface by applying a quartz prism coupler). In both cases the optical emission from the sample facet exhibits narrow polarization-resolved transverse electric and transverse magnetic modes instead of the usual broad spectra characteristic of Si nanocrystals. This effect is explained by a theoretical model which identifies the microcavity-like peaks as leaking modes propagating below the waveguide/substrate boundary. We present also permanent changes induced by intense femtosecond laser exposure, which can be applied to write structures like gratings into the Si-nanocrystalline waveguides. Finally, we discuss the potential for application of these unconventional and relatively simple all-silicon nanostructures in future photonic devices

  4. Optically amplifying planar glass waveguides: Laser on a chip

    Guldberg-Kjær, Søren Andreas

    The objective of this work was to devlop optically amplifying planar wavguides, using erbium-doped germano-silicate glass films deposited by PECVD (Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapour Deposition). The waveguides should exhibit enough gain to be useful as optical amplifiers in integrated planar lightw...

  5. Optical Waveguides from Organic/Inorganic Hybrid Materials

    2003-01-01

    Organic/inorganic material has attracted great attentions because its importance as photonic materials. We report on our recent results on organic/inorganic hybrid sol-gel materials and optical waveguides like splitter, thermo-optic switch and micro-cavity laser.

  6. Method of adiabatic modes in research of smoothly irregular integrated optical waveguides: zero approximation

    We consider the application of the method of adiabatic waveguide modes for calculating the propagation of electromagnetic radiation in three-dimensional (3D) irregular integrated optical waveguides. The method of adiabatic modes takes into account a three-dimensional distribution of quasi-waveguide modes and explicit ('inclined') tangential boundary conditions. The possibilities of the method are demonstrated on the example of numerical research of two major elements of integrated optics: a waveguide of 'horn' type and a thin-film generalised waveguide Luneburg lens by the methods of adiabatic modes and comparative waveguides. (integral optical waveguides)

  7. Omnidirectional optical attractor in structured gap-surface plasmon waveguide

    Sheng, Chong; Liu, Hui; Zhu, Shining; Genov, Dentcho A.

    2016-03-01

    An optical attractor based on a simple and easy to fabricate structured metal-dielectric-metal (SMDM) waveguide is proposed. The structured waveguide has a variable thickness in the vicinity of an embedded microsphere and allow for adiabatic nano-focusing of gap-surface plasmon polaritons (GSPPs). We show that the proposed system acts as an omnidirectional absorber across a broad spectral range. The geometrical optics approximation is used to provide a description of the ray trajectories in the system and identify the singularity of the deflection angle at the photon sphere. The analytical theory is validated by full-wave numerical simulations demonstrating adiabatic, deep sub-wavelength focusing of GSPPs and high local field enhancement. The proposed structured waveguide is an ideal candidate for the demonstration of reflection free omnidirectional absorption of GSPP in the optical and infrared frequency ranges.

  8. UV writing of advanced Bragg gratings in optical waveguides

    Jensen, Jesper Bo Damm

    2002-01-01

    The subject of this ph.d. thesis is the fabrication of Bragg gratings in optical waveguides. During the study Bragg gratings were written in both planar waveguides and optical fibers using pulsed or continuous-wave lasers operating in the ultraviolet (UV) range. The main result is the development...... half the periodicity of the index modulation profile in the Bragg grating. A phase shift in the grating is realized by shifting the UV irradiance from one polarization to the other during the grating inscription. The amplitude of the modulation can also be varied continuously by changing the ration...... phase shifts were then translated into a polarizer angle profile and the Bragg grating were written using a pulsed excimer laser. Only optical fibers were used in this part of the thesis. The high quality planar waveguides used during the study were produced in the cleanroom facility at the...

  9. Optical analogue of relativistic Dirac solitons in binary waveguide arrays

    We study analytically and numerically an optical analogue of Dirac solitons in binary waveguide arrays in the presence of Kerr nonlinearity. Pseudo-relativistic soliton solutions of the coupled-mode equations describing dynamics in the array are analytically derived. We demonstrate that with the found soliton solutions, the coupled mode equations can be converted into the nonlinear relativistic 1D Dirac equation. This paves the way for using binary waveguide arrays as a classical simulator of quantum nonlinear effects arising from the Dirac equation, something that is thought to be impossible to achieve in conventional (i.e. linear) quantum field theory. -- Highlights: •An optical analogue of Dirac solitons in nonlinear binary waveguide arrays is suggested. •Analytical solutions to pseudo-relativistic solitons are presented. •A correspondence of optical coupled-mode equations with the nonlinear relativistic Dirac equation is established

  10. Sign-Reversal Coupling in Coupled-Resonator Optical Waveguide

    Gao, Zhen; Zhang, Youming; Zhang, Baile

    2016-01-01

    Coupled-resonator optical waveguides (CROWs), which play a significant role in modern photonics, achieve waveguiding through near-field coupling between tightly localized resonators. The coupling factor, a critical parameter in CROW theory, determines the coupling strength between two resonators and the waveguiding dispersion of a CROW. However, the original CROW theory proposed by Yariv et al. only demonstrated one value of coupling factor for a multipole resonance mode. Here, by imaging the tight-binding Bloch waves on a CROW consisting of designer-surface-plasmon resonators in the microwave regime, we demonstrate that the coupling factor in the CROW theory can reverse its sign for a multipole resonance mode. This determines two different waveguiding dispersion curves in the same frequency range, experimentally confirmed by matching Bloch wavevectors and frequencies in the CROW. Our study supplements and extends the original CROW theory, and may find novel use in functional photonic systems.

  11. Optical waveguides in lithium niobate: Recent developments and applications

    Bazzan, Marco, E-mail: marco.bazzan@unipd.it; Sada, Cinzia, E-mail: cinzia.sada@unipd.it [Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia “G. Galilei,” Università di Padova, Via Marzolo 8, 35131 Padova (Italy)

    2015-12-15

    The state of the art of optical waveguide fabrication in lithium niobate is reviewed, with particular emphasis on new technologies and recent applications. The attention is mainly devoted to recently developed fabrication methods, such as femtosecond laser writing, ion implantation, and smart cut waveguides as well as to the realization of waveguides with tailored functionalities, such as photorefractive or domain engineered structures. More exotic systems, such as reconfigurable and photorefractive soliton waveguides, are also considered. Classical techniques, such as Ti in-diffusion and proton exchange, are cited and briefly reviewed as a reference standpoint to highlight the recent developments. In all cases, the application-oriented point of view is preferred, in order to provide the reader with an up-to date panorama of the vast possibilities offered by lithium niobate to integrated photonics.

  12. Optical waveguide temperature sensor with liquid crystal

    Hotra, Z.; Skoczylas, M.

    2006-01-01

    Наведено результати розроблення та дослідження сенсора температури на основі пластикового оптоволокна та нематичного рідкого кристала. Сенсор характеризується простою конструкцією і легкою адаптацією до різних умов. Використання термо-оптичних ефектів в сенсорах є дуже зручним під час роботи з агресивними середовищами. The construction and obtained results of temperature sensor operation based on plastic optical waveguide and nematic liquid crystal have been presented. Such sensor is characte...

  13. Waveguide formation by ion implantation in Er doped optical materials

    High energy medium-light ion implantation was applied on both z-cut Er:LiNbO3 and Er3+-Yb3+ co-doped phosphate glasses, in order to fabricate optical waveguides on optically amplifying media. Preliminary results obtained with Er:LiNbO3, implanted with 3.9 MeV Carbon ions, have demonstrated the possibility to fabricate good quality waveguides, the optical characteristics of which depend on implantation fluence and post-annealing process. Er3+-Yb3+ co-doped phosphate glass substrates were implanted with both 2.8 MeV Carbon ions, at fluences ranging from 3 x 1014 ions/cm2 to 1 x 1015 ions/cm2, and with 3.4 MeV Oxygen ions at a fluence of 1 x 1015 ions/cm2. Also in this case, planar optical waveguides were formed, but, under the as-reported implantation conditions, the possibility to tailor the refractive index profiles was very reduced. In this work, the optical properties of the integrated optical waveguides obtained on different doped substrates are examined

  14. Phase-sensitive optical processing in silicon waveguides

    Petermann, Klaus; Gajda, A.; Dziallas, Claudia; Jazayerifar, M.; Zimmermann, L.; Tillack, Bernd; Da Ros, Francesco; Vukovic, Dragana; Dalgaard, Kjeld; Galili, Michael; Peucheret, Christophe

    2015-01-01

    Parametric optical signal processing is reviewed for silicon nano-rib-waveguides with a reverse-biased pin-junction. Phase-sensitive parametric amplification with a phase-sensitive extinction of more than 20 dB has been utilized for the regeneration of DPSK signals......Parametric optical signal processing is reviewed for silicon nano-rib-waveguides with a reverse-biased pin-junction. Phase-sensitive parametric amplification with a phase-sensitive extinction of more than 20 dB has been utilized for the regeneration of DPSK signals...

  15. Silicon waveguide based 320 Gbit/s optical sampling

    Ji, Hua; Galili, Michael; Pu, Minhao; Liu, Liu; Oxenløwe, Leif Katsuo; Jeppesen, Palle; Veng, T.; Grüner-Nielsen, L.

    A silicon waveguide-based ultra-fast optical sampling system is successfully demonstrated using a free-running fiber laser with a carbon nanotube-based mode-locker as the sampling source. A clear eye-diagram of a 320 Gbit/s data signal is obtained.......A silicon waveguide-based ultra-fast optical sampling system is successfully demonstrated using a free-running fiber laser with a carbon nanotube-based mode-locker as the sampling source. A clear eye-diagram of a 320 Gbit/s data signal is obtained....

  16. Diffractive beam shaping, tracking and coupling for wave-guided optical waveguides (WOWs)

    Villangca, Mark Jayson; Bañas, Andrew Rafael; Aabo, Thomas; Palima, Darwin; Glückstad, Jesper

    2014-01-01

    We have previously proposed and demonstrated the targeted-light delivery capability of wave-guided optical waveguides (WOWs). The full strength of this structure-mediated paradigm can be harnessed by addressing multiple WOWs and manipulating them to work in tandem. We propose the use of diffractive...... techniques to create multiple focal spots that can be coupled into light manipulated WOWs. This is done by using a spatial light modulator to project the necessary phase to generate the multiple coupling light spots. We incorporate a diffractive setup in our Biophotonics Workstation (BWS) and demonstrate...... holographic shaping, tracking of light in 3D with the purpose of coupling light in the WOWs....

  17. Thermocapillary Technique for Shaping and Fabricating Optical Ribbon Waveguides

    Fiedler, Kevin; Troian, Sandra

    The demand for ever increasing bandwidth and higher speed communication has ushered the next generation optoelectronic integrated circuits which directly incorporate polymer optical waveguide devices. Polymer melts are very versatile materials which have been successfully cast into planar single- and multimode waveguides using techniques such as embossing, photolithography and direct laser writing. In this talk, we describe a novel thermocapillary patterning method for fabricating waveguides in which the free surface of an ultrathin molten polymer film is exposed to a spatially inhomogeneous temperature field via thermal conduction from a nearby cooled mask pattern held in close proximity. The ensuring surface temperature distribution is purposely designed to pool liquid selectively into ribbon shapes suitable for optical waveguiding, but with rounded and not rectangular cross sectional areas due to capillary forces. The solidified waveguide patterns which result from this non-contact one step procedure exhibit ultrasmooth interfaces suitable for demanding optoelectronic applications. To complement these studies, we have also conducted finite element simulations for quantifying the influence of non-rectangular cross-sectional shapes on mode propagation and losses. Kf gratefully acknowledges support from a NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship.

  18. Active coupling control in densely packed subwavelength waveguides via dark mode

    Suchowski, Haim; Hatakeyama, Taiki; Wu, Chihhui; Feng, Liang; OBrien, Kevin; Wang, Yuan; Zhang, Xiang

    2015-01-01

    The ever growing need for energy-efficient and fast communications is driving the development of highly integrated photonic circuits where controlling light at the nanoscale becomes the most critical aspect of information transfer . Directional couplers, two interacting optical waveguides placed in close proximity, are important building blocks in these integrated photonics circuits and have been employed as optical modulators and switches for high speed communication, data processing and integrated quantum operations. However, active control over the coupling between closely packed waveguides is highly desirable and yet remains a critical barrier towards ultra small footprint devices. A general approach to achieve active control in waveguide systems is to exploit optical nonlinearities enabled by a strong control pulse. However these devices suffer from the nonlinear absorption induced by the intense control pulse as the signal and its control propagate in the same waveguide. Here we experimentally demonstra...

  19. Silicone polymer waveguide bridge for Si to glass optical fibers

    Kruse, Kevin L.; Riegel, Nicholas J.; Middlebrook, Christopher T.

    2015-03-01

    Multimode step index polymer waveguides achieve high-speed, (bridge for Si to glass optical fibers can be implemented using silicone polymers at 1310 nm. Fabricated and measured prototype devices with modeling and simulation analysis are reported for a 12 member 1-D tapered PWG. Recommendations and designs are generated with performance factors such as numerical aperture and alignment tolerances.

  20. Measurement of the thermo-optical effect of integrated waveguides

    Kremmel, Johannes; Lamprecht, Tobias; Michler, Markus

    2016-05-01

    Thermo-optical switches are widely used in integrated optics and various types of integrated optical structures have been reported in literature. These structures include, but are not limited to Mach-Zehnder-Interferometer (MZI) switches and digital optical switches. The thermo-optical effect depends on the refractive index, the polarizability and the density of a material. The polarizability effect can often be neglected and the change of refractive index is dominated by a density change due to the thermal expansion of the material. We report herein a new method to measure the thermo-optical effect of waveguides directly, using integrated MZIs fabricated in polymer waveguide technology. Common methods rely on macroscopic samples, but the properties can differ significantly for micro-structured waveguides. Using a floodlight halogen rod lamp and metal-shields, we realized a radiation heater with a trapezoidal-shaped heating pattern. While the heating occurred from the bottom side, a thermocouple was placed on top of the sample. By dynamically measuring the temperature and the corresponding output-power of the MZI, the temperature difference between constructive and destructive interference can be determined. Multiple measurements of different sample MZIs exhibit an average thermo-optical coefficient (TOC) of 1.6 ∗ 10-4 1/K .

  1. Colloidal optical waveguides structured by light

    Brzobohatý, Oto; Kaňka, Jan; Chvátal, Lukáš; Zemánek, Pavel

    Erlangen : DGaO, 2015. s. 94. [Annual Meeting of the DGaO /116./. 26.05.2015-29.05.2015, Brno] Institutional support: RVO:68081731 Keywords : nonlinear optics * holography * diffractive optics Subject RIV: BH - Optics, Masers, Lasers

  2. Direction-dependent Optical Modes in Nanoscale Silicon Waveguides

    Robinson, Jacob T

    2010-01-01

    On-chip photonic networks have the potential to transmit and route information more efficiently than electronic circuits. Recently, a number of silicon-based optical devices including modulators, buffers, and wavelength converts have been reported. However, a number of technical challenges need to be overcome before these devices can be combined into network-level architectures. In particular, due to the high refractive index contrast between the core and cladding of semiconductor waveguides, nanoscale defects along the waveguide often scatter light into the backward-propagating mode. These reflections could result in unwanted feedback to optical sources or crosstalk in bidirectional interconnects such as those employed in fiber-optic networks. It is often assumed that these reflected waves spatially overlap the forward-propagating waves making it difficult to implement optical circulators or isolators which separate or attenuate light based on its propagation direction. Here, we individually identify and map...

  3. Optical Code Generating Device Using 1×N Asymmetric Hollow Waveguide Couplers

    Abang Annuar EHSAN; Sahbudin SHAARI; Mohd Kamil ABD.RAHMAN; Kee Mohd Rafique KEE ZAINAL ABIDIN

    2008-01-01

    An optical code generating device for security access system application is presented. The code generating device constructed using asymmetric hollow optical waveguide coupler design provides a unique series of output light intensities which are successively used as an optical code. The design of the waveguide is made using two major components which are asymmetric Y-junction splitter and a linear taper. Waveguiding is done using a hollow waveguide structure. Construction of higher level 1×N hollow waveguide coupler is done utilizing a basic 1×2 asymmetric waveguide coupler design together with a cascaded design scheme. Non-sequential ray tracing of the asymmetric hollow optical waveguide couplers is performed to predict the optical transmission properties of the waveguide. A representation of the code combination that can be generated from the device is obtained using combinatory number theory.

  4. Second-harmonic scanning optical microscopy of poled silica waveguides

    Pedersen, Kjeld; Bozhevolnyi, Sergey I.; Arentoft, Jesper;

    2000-01-01

    Second-harmonic scanning optical microscopy (SHSOM) is performed on electric-field poled silica-based waveguides. Two operation modes of SHSOM are considered. Oblique transmission reflection and normal reflection modes are used to image the spatial distribution of nonlinear susceptibilities in the...... limitations of the two operation modes when used for SHSOM studies of poled silica-based waveguides are discussed. The influence of surface defects on the resulting second-harmonic images is also considered. ©2000 American Institute of Physics....

  5. Nonreciprocal Bloch Oscillations in Magneto-Optic Waveguide Arrays

    Levy, Miguel

    2010-01-01

    We show that nonreciprocal optical Bloch-like oscillations can emerge in transversely magnetized waveguide arrays in the presence of an effective index step between the waveguides. Normal modes of the system are shown to acquire different wavenumbers in opposite propagation directions. Significant differences in phase coherence and decoherence between these normal modes are presented and discussed. Non-reciprocity is established by imposing unequal vertical refractive index gradients at the substrate/core, and core/cover interfaces in the presence of transverse magnetization.

  6. Instability of traveling waves in an optical waveguide

    Mizushima, Yoshihiko

    2012-09-01

    Instability of traveling IR waves within a waveguide structure is discussed. A practical model of a traveling wave amplifier of a solid state is proposed, utilizing an optical waveguide. The mechanism of instability is interpreted in terms of an interaction between a plasmon wave and a circuit one under a constraining boundary condition. Properties of the traveling amplification and related problems are discussed, with appropriately suggested semiconductor materials and device designs. The features of the amplifier are a simple structure, a low DC biasing power dissipation for room-temperature operation, unidirectionality, and a wide wavelength range from IR or submillimeter order, suited to various applications.

  7. Design of SiOx slab optical waveguides

    Lizarraga-Medina, E. G.; Oliver, A.; Vázquez, G. V.; Salas-Montiel, R.; Márquez, H.

    2015-08-01

    An analysis of the dispersion relation of SiOx submicron optical waveguides in the visible and IR spectral range is presented. Here is considered that the refractive index (n) of SiOx can be tuned in the range from n=1.457-2 for 2>x>1, and a film thickness from 50nm to 1000nm. Starting from the dispersion relation and the distribution of the electric field in the waveguide; cutoff wavelength, cutoff thickness, effective refractive index, effective guide thickness and confinement factor of a selected mode are calculated.

  8. Direct-Dispense Polymeric Waveguides Platform for Optical Chemical Sensors

    Mohamad Hajj-Hassan; Timothy Gonzalez; Ebrahim Ghafar-Zadeh; Hagop Djeghelian; Vamsy Chodavarapu; Daniel Therriault; Mark Andrews

    2008-01-01

    We describe an automated robotic technique called direct-dispense to fabricate a polymeric platform that supports optical sensor arrays. Direct-dispense, which is a type of the emerging direct-write microfabrication techniques, uses fugitive organic inks in combination with cross-linkable polymers to create microfluidic channels and other microstructures. Specifically, we describe an application of direct-dispensing to develop optical biochemical sensors by fabricating planar ridge waveguides...

  9. Adapting an optical nanoantenna for high E-field probing applications to a waveguided optical waveguide (WOW)

    Rindorf, Lars Henning; Glückstad, Jesper

    2013-01-01

    light wavelength while admitting other wavelengths of light which address certain functionalities, e.g. drug release, in the WOW. In particular, we study a bow-tie optical nano-antenna to circular dielectric waveguides in aqueous environments. It is shown with finite element computer simulations that...

  10. Silicon-based optical waveguide polarizer using photonic band gap

    Based on different photonic band structures of TE and TM polarization modes in periodic multilayers, a method to realize the waveguide polarizer is proposed. The waveguide structure contains a SiO2 core layer sandwiched between two multilayers of alternately stacked poly-Si and SiO2, and the whole structure can be grown on a Si substrate. Its propagation characteristics are studied theoretically. High extinction ratio over 40 dB at a light wavelength of 1.3 μm is expected in the waveguide of only 40 μm long, accompanied with very low propagation loss of the passive TE mode. These characteristics are very suitable for the applications in integrated optics. The fabrication of this polarizer structure by using the magnetron sputtering method is demonstrated

  11. Optical waveguide system for solar power applications in space

    Nakamura, Takashi

    2009-08-01

    In this paper we will discuss an innovative optical system for solar power applications in space. In this system solar radiation is collected by the concentrator array which transfers the concentrated solar radiation to the optical waveguide (OW) transmission line made of low loss optical fibers. The OW transmission line directs the solar radiation to the place of solar power utilization such as: the thermochemical receiver for processing of lunar regolith for oxygen production; or the plant growth facility where the solar light is used for biomass production.

  12. Optical bistability in two-dimensional waveguide structures

    A device with optical bistability is proposed well adapted to planar technology in the framework of integrated optics. The device is composed by a dielectric layer of Al2O3 deposited onto an InSb waveguide with defocussing Kerr-nonlinearity and a metal substrate. It works at the wavelength of 10.6 μm, where the refractive index of Al2O3 is lower than in air and coupling into a waveguide-mode without prism is possible. The reflectivity in dependence on the input power density is investigated. The shape of the resonance curve can be tuned by the angle of incidence. This should permit the implementation of a modulator, latching switch, logic gate, and power limiter within a fixed configuration. (author)

  13. Double-Teeth-Shaped Plasmonic Waveguide Electro-Optical Switches

    ZHU Jia-Hu; HUANG Xu-Guang; MEI Xian

    2011-01-01

    @@ An electro-optical switch based on a plasmonic T-shaped waveguide structure with a double-teeth-shaped waveguide filled with 4-dimet4ylamino-N-methyl-4stilbazolium tosylate is proposed and numerically investigated.TheFinite-difference time domain simulation results reveal that the structure can operate as a circuit switch by controlling the external voltages V1 and/or V2.The proposed structure can also operate as a variable optical attenuator, which can continuously attenuate the power of a light beam from 6dB to 30dB by an external electrical field.The structure is of small size of a few hundred nanometers.Our results may open a possibility to construct nanoscale high-density photonic integration circuits.

  14. Electro-optical circuit board with single-mode glass waveguide optical interconnects

    Brusberg, Lars; Neitz, Marcel; Pernthaler, Dominik; Weber, Daniel; Sirbu, Bogdan; Herbst, Christian; Frey, Christopher; Queisser, Marco; Wöhrmann, Markus; Manessis, Dionysios; Schild, Beatrice; Oppermann, Hermann; Eichhammer, Yann; Schröder, Henning; Hâkansson, Andreas; Tekin, Tolga

    2016-03-01

    A glass optical waveguide process has been developed for fabrication of electro-optical circuit boards (EOCB). Very thin glass panels with planar integrated single-mode waveguides can be embedded as a core layer in printed circuit boards for high-speed board-level chip-to-chip and board-to-board optical interconnects over an optical backplane. Such singlemode EOCBs will be needed in upcoming high performance computers and data storage network environments in case single-mode operating silicon photonic ICs generate high-bandwidth signals [1]. The paper will describe some project results of the ongoing PhoxTroT project, in which a development of glass based single-mode on-board and board-to-board interconnection platform is successfully in progress. The optical design comprises a 500 μm thin glass panel (Schott D263Teco) with purely optical layers for single-mode glass waveguides. The board size is accommodated to the mask size limitations of the fabrication (200 mm wafer level process, being later transferred also to larger panel size). Our concept consists of directly assembling of silicon photonic ICs on cut-out areas in glass-based optical waveguide panels. A part of the electrical wiring is patterned by thin film technology directly on the glass wafer surface. A coupling element will be assembled on bottom side of the glass-based waveguide panel for 3D coupling between board-level glass waveguides and chip-level silicon waveguides. The laminate has a defined window for direct glass access for assembling of the photonic integrated circuit chip and optical coupling element. The paper describes the design, fabrication and characterization of glass-based electro-optical circuit board with format of (228 x 305) mm2.

  15. Integrating optical glucose sensing into a planar waveguide sensor structure

    Dutta, Aradhana; Deka, Bidyut; Sahu, Partha P.

    2013-06-01

    A device for glucose monitoring in people with diabetes is a clinical and research priority in the recent years for its accurate self management. An extensive theoretical design and development of an optical sensor is carried out incorporating planar waveguide structure in an endeavor to measure slight changes of glucose concentration. The sensor is simple and highly sensitive and has the potential to be used for online monitoring of blood glucose levels for the diabetic patients in the near future.

  16. Manipulating rogue wave triplet in optical waveguides through tapering

    Gupta, Rama [Department of Physics, DAV University, Jalandhar 144008 (India); Kumar, C.N., E-mail: cnkumar@pu.ac.in [Department of Physics, Panjab University, Chandigarh 160014 (India); Vyas, Vivek M. [Institute of Mathematical Sciences, CIT Campus, Taramani, Chennai 600 113 (India); Panigrahi, Prasanta K., E-mail: pprasanta@iiserkol.ac.in [Indian Institute of Science Education and Research – Kolkata, Mohanpur, Nadia 741252 (India)

    2015-02-06

    Taking account of the results of the paper, published in [21] (Chabchoub and Akhmediev, 2013), containing experimental generation of rogue wave triplets in the water tank, we demonstrate a theoretical approach to coherently control the rogue wave triplet dynamics and spectral spread in a tapered index optical waveguide. The relative distance between the successive waves of the triplet, along both longitudinal and transverse axes, can be manipulated by modulating the tapering of the waveguide. This not only significantly enhances the possibility of observing these statistically rare events in the waveguide, but can also controllably amplify the intensity and spectral spread, the desired features for supercontinuum generation. The controlling of real Riccati parameter intrinsically arises from the allowed phase variation of the self-similar solutions of the nonlinear Schrödinger equation. - Highlights: • Manipulating rogue wave triplets in GNLSE using Riccati parameter is outlined. • Symmetric transformations used to scale mutual spacing in a triplet. • Results presented for sech{sup 2}-type tapered waveguides.

  17. The rotating planar dielectric waveguide model in wave optics: results for step-index profile optical fibers

    After the successful identification of guided rays in an optical fiber with the angular velocity of a hypothetical waveguide circumscribing it, the model of optical fibers as planar dielectric waveguides in rotation is extended to wave optics. A clear relationship between the angular velocity and the phase differences between different wavefronts of one given wave is found for step-index profile optical fibers

  18. Optics of an individual organic molecular mesowire waveguide: directional light emission and anomalous refractive index

    Tripathi, Ravi P. N.; Dasgupta, Arindam; Chikkaraddy, Rohit; Pratim Patra, Partha; Vasista, Adarsh B.; Pavan Kumar, G. V.

    2016-06-01

    We report on experimental investigations performed on an isolated organic mesowire waveguide resting on a glass substrate. The waveguide was made of diaminoanthraquinone (DAAQ) molecular aggregates. First, we show directional emission of light from distal ends of the DAAQ waveguide. For a given mesowire geometry, operating in passive or photoluminescence regimes, we quantified the emission angles by combining multi-wavelength Fourier-plane optical microscopy and photoluminescence micro-spectroscopy. We found light emission in the photoluminescence regime to be more directional in nature compared to the passive waveguiding regime, which was supported by three-dimensional finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) simulations. Second, we measured the anomalous behaviour of refractive index as a function of emission wavelength using the spectra of directionally emitted light. Third, by using spatial-filtered collection optics, we observed and quantified single-excitation dual-channel directional, active emission from DAAQ mesowire. The results discussed herein has implication not only in understanding some fundamental aspects of exciton-polariton mediated directional light emission, but also in applications such as organic optical antennas and photonic couplers.

  19. Integrated Optical Dipole Trap for Cold Neutral Atoms with an Optical Waveguide Coupler

    Lee, J; Mittal, S; Dagenais, M; Rolston, S L

    2013-01-01

    An integrated optical dipole trap uses two-color (red and blue-detuned) traveling evanescent wave fields for trapping cold neutral atoms. To achieve longitudinal confinement, we propose using an integrated optical waveguide coupler, which provides a potential gradient along the beam propagation direction sufficient to confine atoms. This integrated optical dipole trap can support an atomic ensemble with a large optical depth due to its small mode area. Its quasi-TE0 waveguide mode has an advantage over the HE11 mode of a nanofiber, with little inhomogeneous Zeeman broadening at the trapping region. The longitudinal confinement eliminates the need for a 1-D optical lattice, reducing collisional blockaded atomic loading, potentially producing larger ensembles. The waveguide trap allows for scalability and integrability with nano-fabrication technology. We analyze the potential performance of such integrated atom traps.

  20. Material dispersion measurements in optical fibre waveguides

    Preliminary measurements of material dispersion on optical fibres now being routinely produced by TELEBRAS in Brasil are carried out. This was done by using two semiconductor lasers emitting at the different wavelengths of 800 nm and 904 nm. The result of approximately 100 ps/nm/km in germania-doped silica fibres is approximately 30% higher than the value for pure silica; this agrees well with results obtained in other laboratories with similar fibres. Material dispersion can limit the bandwidth of an optical fibre, especially when a light emitting diode, operating in the 800. 900 nm wavelength region is used as the light source in a fibre optical communication system having graded-index fibres with an optimum index profile. (Author)

  1. Multifunctional graphene optical modulator and photodetector integrated on silicon waveguides

    Youngblood, Nathan; Ma, Rui; Koester, Steven J; Li, Mo

    2014-01-01

    For optical communication, information is converted between optical and electrical signal domains at a high rate. The devices to achieve such a conversion are various types of electro-optical modulators and photodetectors. These two types of optoelectronic devices, equally important, require different materials and consequently it has been challenging to realize both using a single material combination, especially in a way that can be integrated on the ubiquitous silicon platform. Graphene, with its gapless band structure, stands out as a unique optoelectronic material that allows both photodetection and optical modulation. Here, we demonstrate a single graphene-based device that simultaneously provides both efficient optical modulation and photodetection. The graphene device is integrated on a silicon waveguide and is tunable with a gate made from another layer of graphene to achieve near-infrared photodetection responsivity of 57 mA/W and modulation depth of 64%. This novel multifunctional device may lead t...

  2. Integrated polymer waveguides incorporating nonlinear chromophores for all-optical signal processing

    Delcourt, Enguerran; Bodiou, Loïc; Charrier, Joël; Achelle, Sylvain; Lemaitre, Jonathan; Lorrain, Nathalie; Bosc, Dominique

    2014-01-01

    In order to obtain non-linear waveguides for all-optical signal processing, new nonlinear polymer waveguides incorporating chromophores have been designed and processed using standard photolithographic steps. Polymer refractive index changes with chromophore concentration are presented. Waveguides exhibiting single mode propagation and high optical field confinement are demonstrated and optical propagation losses of 4.1 dB/cm at 1550 nm are measured.

  3. Metasurface-loaded waveguide for transformation optics applications

    Wei, Pengjiang; Xiao, Shiyi; Xu, Yadong; Chen, Huanyang; Tak Chu, Sai; Li, Jensen

    2016-04-01

    We theoretically investigate a two-dimensional metasurface-loaded waveguide as a generic platform for transformation optics (TO) applications. The mode indices can achieve values much less or greater than one by tuning the reflection phase from the metasurface. Due to the subwavelength feature size of the metasurface, we develop an effective description of the wave propagation using an artificial electromagnetic boundary approach, which replaces the effective medium description of TO for bulk media. We numerically demonstrate a constant zero-index medium for wave collimation, gradient index profiles as Luneburg and Maxwell fisheye lenses and a wave bender based on the finite embedded coordinate transformation. These investigations provide a feasible route to perform TO with metasurfaces as waveguide boundaries, yet the designs can still be obtained using an effective boundary approach with only a few constitutive parameters.

  4. Bioabsorbable polymer optical waveguides for deep-tissue photomedicine

    Nizamoglu, Sedat; Gather, Malte C.; Humar, Matjaž; Choi, Myunghwan; Kim, Seonghoon; Kim, Ki Su; Hahn, Sei Kwang; Scarcelli, Giuliano; Randolph, Mark; Redmond, Robert W.; Yun, Seok Hyun

    2016-01-01

    Advances in photonics have stimulated significant progress in medicine, with many techniques now in routine clinical use. However, the finite depth of light penetration in tissue is a serious constraint to clinical utility. Here we show implantable light-delivery devices made of bio-derived or biocompatible, and biodegradable polymers. In contrast to conventional optical fibres, which must be removed from the body soon after use, the biodegradable and biocompatible waveguides may be used for long-term light delivery and need not be removed as they are gradually resorbed by the tissue. As proof of concept, we demonstrate this paradigm-shifting approach for photochemical tissue bonding (PTB). Using comb-shaped planar waveguides, we achieve a full thickness (>10 mm) wound closure of porcine skin, which represents ~10-fold extension of the tissue area achieved with conventional PTB. The results point to a new direction in photomedicine for using light in deep tissues.

  5. Integrated Optical sensing in a lab-on-chip by femtosecond laser written waveguides

    Osellame, R.; Martinez Vazquez, R.; Ramponi, R.; Cerullo, G.; Dongre, C.; Dekker, R.; Hoekstra, H.J.W.M.; Pollnau, M

    2008-01-01

    Integrated optical detection in a commercial microfluidic chip for capillary electrophoresis has been implemented by means of femtosecond laser written optical waveguides for excitation and a high numerical aperture optical fiber for collection.

  6. Extremely nonlocal optical nonlinearities in atoms trapped near a waveguide

    Shahmoon, Ephraim; Stimming, Hans Peter; Mazets, Igor; Kurizki, Gershon

    2014-01-01

    Nonlinear optical phenomena are typically local. Here we predict the possibility of highly nonlocal optical nonlinearities for light propagating in atomic media trapped near a nano-waveguide, where long-range interactions between the atoms can be tailored. When the atoms are in an electromagnetically-induced transparency configuration, the atomic interactions are translated to long-range interactions between photons and thus to highly nonlocal optical nonlinearities. We derive and analyze the governing nonlinear propagation equation, finding a roton-like excitation spectrum for light and the emergence of long-range order in its output intensity. These predictions open the door to studies of unexplored wave dynamics and many-body physics with highly-nonlocal interactions of optical fields in one dimension.

  7. Amorphous silicon rich silicon nitride optical waveguides for high density integrated optics

    Philipp, Hugh T.; Andersen, Karin Nordström; Svendsen, Winnie Edith;

    2004-01-01

    Amorphous silicon rich silicon nitride optical waveguides clad in silica are presented as a high-index contrast platform for high density integrated optics. Performance of different cross-sectional geometries have been measured and are presented with regards to bending loss and insertion loss. A...

  8. Photo-induced reduction of graphene oxide coating on optical waveguide and consequent optical intermodulation.

    Chong, W Y; Lim, W H; Yap, Y K; Lai, C K; De La Rue, R M; Ahmad, H

    2016-01-01

    Increased absorption of transverse-magnetic (TM) - polarised light by a graphene-oxide (GO) coated polymer waveguide has been observed in the presence of transverse-electric (TE) - polarised light. The GO-coated waveguide exhibits very strong photo-absorption of TE-polarised light - and acts as a TM-pass waveguide polariser. The absorbed TE-polarised light causes a significant temperature increase in the GO film and induces thermal reduction of the GO, resulting in an increase in optical-frequency conductivity and consequently increased optical propagation loss. This behaviour in a GO-coated waveguide gives the action of an inverted optical switch/modulator. By varying the incident TE-polarised light power, a maximum modulation efficiency of 72% was measured, with application of an incident optical power level of 57 mW. The GO-coated waveguide was able to respond clearly to modulated TE-polarised light with a pulse duration of as little as 100 μs. In addition, no wavelength dependence was observed in the response of either the modulation (TE-polarised light) or the signal (TM-polarised light). PMID:27034015

  9. Photo-induced reduction of graphene oxide coating on optical waveguide and consequent optical intermodulation

    Chong, W. Y.; Lim, W. H.; Yap, Y. K.; Lai, C. K.; de La Rue, R. M.; Ahmad, H.

    2016-04-01

    Increased absorption of transverse-magnetic (TM) - polarised light by a graphene-oxide (GO) coated polymer waveguide has been observed in the presence of transverse-electric (TE) - polarised light. The GO-coated waveguide exhibits very strong photo-absorption of TE-polarised light - and acts as a TM-pass waveguide polariser. The absorbed TE-polarised light causes a significant temperature increase in the GO film and induces thermal reduction of the GO, resulting in an increase in optical-frequency conductivity and consequently increased optical propagation loss. This behaviour in a GO-coated waveguide gives the action of an inverted optical switch/modulator. By varying the incident TE-polarised light power, a maximum modulation efficiency of 72% was measured, with application of an incident optical power level of 57 mW. The GO-coated waveguide was able to respond clearly to modulated TE-polarised light with a pulse duration of as little as 100 μs. In addition, no wavelength dependence was observed in the response of either the modulation (TE-polarised light) or the signal (TM-polarised light).

  10. Photo-induced reduction of graphene oxide coating on optical waveguide and consequent optical intermodulation

    Chong, W. Y.; Lim, W. H.; Yap, Y. K.; Lai, C. K.; De La Rue, R. M.; Ahmad, H.

    2016-01-01

    Increased absorption of transverse-magnetic (TM) - polarised light by a graphene-oxide (GO) coated polymer waveguide has been observed in the presence of transverse-electric (TE) - polarised light. The GO-coated waveguide exhibits very strong photo-absorption of TE-polarised light - and acts as a TM-pass waveguide polariser. The absorbed TE-polarised light causes a significant temperature increase in the GO film and induces thermal reduction of the GO, resulting in an increase in optical-frequency conductivity and consequently increased optical propagation loss. This behaviour in a GO-coated waveguide gives the action of an inverted optical switch/modulator. By varying the incident TE-polarised light power, a maximum modulation efficiency of 72% was measured, with application of an incident optical power level of 57 mW. The GO-coated waveguide was able to respond clearly to modulated TE-polarised light with a pulse duration of as little as 100 μs. In addition, no wavelength dependence was observed in the response of either the modulation (TE-polarised light) or the signal (TM-polarised light). PMID:27034015

  11. On-chip NIR optical spectrometer based on polymeric waveguide and metallic nano-structures

    Malak Karam Awadallah, M.; Jefimovs, K.; Alberti, E.; Herzig, Hans Peter; Scharf, Toralf

    2014-01-01

    In this work, we report about optical spectrometry using gold nano-structures printed on a polymer based integrated optical waveguide. The optical waveguide is a single mode buried waveguide, having dimensions of 3x2.2µm 2 . It is made from a combination of photo-polymerizable materials and is fabricated by photolithography on a glass substrate. To sense the electric field inside the waveguide, a gold nano-coupler array of thin lines (50 nm thick and 8 µm length) is embedded on top of the...

  12. Optical biosensor based on silicon nanowire ridge waveguide

    Gamal, Rania; Ismail, Yehia; Swillam, Mohamed A.

    2015-02-01

    Optical biosensors present themselves as an attractive solution for integration with the ever-trending lab-on-a-chip devices. This is due to their small size, CMOS compatibility, and invariance to electromagnetic interference. Despite their many benefits, typical optical biosensors rely on evanescent field detection, where only a small portion of the light interacts with the analyte. We propose to use a silicon nanowire ridge waveguide (SNRW) for optical biosensing. This structure is comprised of an array of silicon nanowires, with the envelope of a ridge, on an insulator substrate. The SNRW maximizes the overlap between the analyte and the incident light wave by introducing voids to the otherwise bulk structure, and strengthens the contribution of the material under test to the overall modal effective index will greatly augment the sensitivity. Additionally, the SNRW provides a fabrication convenience as it covers the entire substrate, ensuring that the etching process would not damage the substrate. FDTD simulations were conducted and showed that the percentage change in the effective index due to a 1% change in the surrounding environment was more than 170 times the amount of change perceived in an evanescent detection based bulk silicon ridge waveguide.

  13. Optical waveguiding in amorphous tellurium oxide thin films

    Optical waveguiding characteristics of amorphous TeO2-x films deposited by reactive sputtering under different O2:Ar gas mixtures are investigated on fused quartz and Corning glass substrates. Infra-red absorption band in the range 641-658 cm-1 confirmed the formation of a Te-O bond, and a 20:80 O2:Ar gas mixture ratio is found to be optimum for achieving highly uniform and transparent films at a high deposition rate. As grown amorphous films exhibited a large band gap (3.76 eV); a high refractive index value (2.042-2.052) with low dispersion over a wide wavelength range of 500-2000 nm. Optical waveguiding with low propagation loss of 0.26 dB/cm at 633 nm is observed on films subjected to a post-deposition annealing treatment at 200 deg. C. Packing density and etch rates have been determined and correlated with the lowering of optical propagation loss in the annealed films

  14. Bend insensitive graded index multimode polymer optical waveguides fabricated using the Mosquito method

    Takahashi, Asami; Ishigure, Takaaki

    2015-02-01

    We fabricate low-loss graded index (GI) circular core multimode polymer optical waveguides with 90o bending and demonstrate low bending loss even if the bend radius is as small as 1 mm. In the several fabrication methods for GI-core polymer waveguides already proposed, we adopt the "Mosquito method" that utilize a microdispenser because the Mosquito method makes it possible to fabricate waveguides directly on board at desired places on a printed circuit board, and to draw various patterns of cores including curves. However, in the waveguides including such curved cores, the additional transmission loss due to the bending (bending loss) is a concern. Thus, we characterize the fabricated GI-core polymer waveguides with bending: using two kinds of cladding monomer with different refractive indexes for fabricating waveguides with bending. We found when the NA of waveguides was as high as 0.35, no additional loss due to bending was observed even if the bending radius is as small as 1 mm. The core diameter of the fabricated waveguides is 50 μm, and it is possible to further decrease the bending loss in the waveguides with smaller core diameter. Furthermore, utilizing the Mosquito method, we fabricate waveguides with not only horizontally curved cores but also vertically curved ones. Waveguides with vertically curved cores could make it possible to realize three-dimensionally optical wiring applicable to on-board optical interconnects.

  15. Geometric-optical reconstruction of femtosecond hologram in planar optical waveguide

    Smolovich, A. M.; Alvarez, E.; Aseyev, S. A.; Cervantes, M. A.; Chekalin, S. V.; Irzhak, A. V.; Serov, O. B.; Terpugov, V. S.

    2007-06-01

    The geometric-optical mechanism of wavefront reconstruction differs significantly from conventional holographic reconstruction. This regime can be realized for holograms containing only few periods of interference fringe structure. The geometric-optical reconstruction of the holograms recorded by femtosecond laser pulses in volume media was demonstrated in our previous works. The large thickness of the recording medium required for the effect observation is a serious obstacle for future development in this direction. In this work a way to surmount this obstacle by realizing the waveguide analog of the geometric-optical reconstruction process is presented. Holograms were recorded by 30-femtosecond laser pulses in 20-μm film of dichromated gelatin on the polished quartz substrate and reconstructed by the waveguide mode. Geometric-optical regime of waveguide hologram reconstruction was obtained: the direction of the reconstructed beam was observed to be constant as the reconstructing wavelength was varied within the hologram spectral selectivity band. The possibility of producing achromatic waveguide optical elements containing only few periods is discussed. The utilization of FIB (focused ion beam) nanotechnology for fabrication of these optical elements is proposed. Production of high aspect ratio periodic structures by FIB technology is demonstrated.

  16. Magneto optical rotation in a GaAs Quantum Well Waveguide

    Mortezapour, Ali; Mahmoudi, Mohammad

    2016-01-01

    The interaction of two orthogonally polarized beams and a four-level GaAs quantum well (QW) waveguide is investigated. It is shown that, by applying a static magnetic field normal to the propagation direction of the driving beams, the birefringence can be induced in the QW waveguide. Moreover, it is demonstrated that the dephasing rate between two ground states of the QW waveguide makes it a dichromatic medium and can also diminish the induced birefringence. Our results show how a large and complete magneto-optical rotation in the QW waveguide can be obtained via adjusting the intensity of the magnetic field and also the length of the QW waveguide.

  17. Mid-infrared optical parametric amplifier using silicon nanophotonic waveguides

    Liu, Xiaoping; Vlasov, Yurii A; Green, William M J

    2010-01-01

    All-optical signal processing is envisioned as an approach to dramatically decrease power consumption and speed up performance of next-generation optical telecommunications networks. Nonlinear optical effects, such as four-wave mixing (FWM) and parametric gain, have long been explored to realize all-optical functions in glass fibers. An alternative approach is to employ nanoscale engineering of silicon waveguides to enhance the optical nonlinearities by up to five orders of magnitude, enabling integrated chip-scale all-optical signal processing. Previously, strong two-photon absorption (TPA) of the telecom-band pump has been a fundamental and unavoidable obstacle, limiting parametric gain to values on the order of a few dB. Here we demonstrate a silicon nanophotonic optical parametric amplifier exhibiting gain as large as 25.4 dB, by operating the pump in the mid-IR near one-half the band-gap energy (E~0.55eV, lambda~2200nm), at which parasitic TPA-related absorption vanishes. This gain is high enough to comp...

  18. Phosphosilicate glass film for optical waveguide by sol-gel method

    SHEN Jian; LI Ai-wu; ZHENG Jie; ZHANG Le-tian; LIU Guo-fan; ZHENG Wei; ZHANG Yu-shu

    2005-01-01

    In this paper, silica-on-silicon erbium-doped phosphosilicate glass film material was fabricated for optical waveguides by sol-gel method. Samples were characterized and analyzed. It is demonstrated that we have got well-distributed, good translucent, alterable thickness of film and glass state erbium-doped phosphosilicate films material for optical waveguides by sol-gel method.

  19. Light propagation studies on laser modified waveguides using scanning near-field optical microscopy

    Borrise, X.; Berini, Abadal Gabriel; Jimenez, D.; Perez-Murano, F.; Barniol, N.; Davis, Zachary James; Boisen, Anja

    2001-01-01

    By means of direct laser writing on Al, a new method to locally modify optical waveguides is proposed. This technique has been applied to silicon nitride waveguides, allowing modifications of the optical propagation along the guide. To study the formed structures, a scanning near-held optical...... microscope (SNOM) has been used. The laser modifications locally changes the optical properties of the waveguide. The change in the effective refractive index is attributed to a TE to TM mode conversion, Thus, the laser modification might be a new way to fabricate optical mode converters....

  20. Active substrate integrated terahertz waveguide using periodic graphene stack

    Yanfei Dong; Peiguo Liu; Dingwang Yu; Bo Yi; Gaosheng Li

    2015-01-01

    The transmission properties of a substrate integrated waveguide (SIW) based on periodic graphene stacks have been theoretically investigated in the terahertz (THz) region. The effects of the dielectric-graphene-dielectric structure of the stack on the propagation properties are shown to be significant and different from the conventional active SIW based on active components. By varying the graphene chemical potential, the cut-off frequency of the proposed waveguide can be dynamically tuned fr...

  1. Nonlinear Gain Saturation in Active Slow Light Photonic Crystal Waveguides

    Chen, Yaohui; Mørk, Jesper

    2013-01-01

    We present a quantitative three-dimensional analysis of slow-light enhanced traveling wave amplification in an active semiconductor photonic crystal waveguides. The impact of slow-light propagation on the nonlinear gain saturation of the device is investigated.......We present a quantitative three-dimensional analysis of slow-light enhanced traveling wave amplification in an active semiconductor photonic crystal waveguides. The impact of slow-light propagation on the nonlinear gain saturation of the device is investigated....

  2. Simulation of Nonlinear Gain Saturation in Active Photonic Crystal Waveguides

    Chen, Yaohui; Mørk, Jesper

    2012-01-01

    In this paper we present a theoretical analysis of slowlight enhanced traveling wave amplification in an active semiconductor Photonic crystal waveguides. The impact of group index on nonlinear modal gain saturation is investigated.......In this paper we present a theoretical analysis of slowlight enhanced traveling wave amplification in an active semiconductor Photonic crystal waveguides. The impact of group index on nonlinear modal gain saturation is investigated....

  3. Optical Waveguide Solar Energy System for Lunar Materials Processing

    Nakamura, T.; Case, J. A.; Senior, C. L.

    1997-01-01

    This paper discusses results of our work on development of the Optical Waveguide (OW) Solar Energy System for Lunar Materials Processing. In the OW system as shown, solar radiation is collected by the concentrator which transfers the concentrated solar radiation to the OW transmission line consisting of low-loss optical fibers. The OW line transmits the solar radiation to the thermal reactor of the lunar materials processing plant. The feature of the OW system are: (1) Highly concentrated solar radiation (up to 104 suns) can be transmitted via flexible OW lines directly into the thermal reactor for materials processing: (2) Solar radiation intensity or spectra can be tailored to specific materials processing steps; (3) Provide solar energy to locations or inside of enclosures that would not otherwise have an access to solar energy; and (4) The system can be modularized and can be easily transported to and deployed at the lunar base.

  4. Review of the effects of radiation on optical fiber waveguides

    Optical communication and sensor systems used in various military applications such as the SP-100 Space Nuclear Reactor Power System Technology Program must be designed to withstand exposure to nuclear environments. The amount of exposure can vary from a very low dose delivered over a long period of time (e.g., outside of reactor containment or background radiation due to cosmic ray flux) to very high doses and dose rates (e.g., inside primary containment of a reactor, in the vicinity of a nuclear burst, or within the Van Allen belts). In the past decade much research has been performed to evaluate the effects of radiation on optical fiber waveguides. This research is reviewed

  5. Optical Measurement Techniques for Optical Fiber and Waveguide Devices

    D.Y.; Kim; Y.; Park; N.H.; Seong; Y.C.Youk; J.Y.; Lee; S.; Moon; I.H.; Shin; H.S.; Ryu

    2003-01-01

    We describe three major optical characterization methods for fiber and fiber devices. A simple servo controlled scanning fiber-optic confocal microscope is proposed for determining the refractive index profile of an optical fiber. To measure the chromatic dispersion of a short length fiber a Mach-Zehnder fiber interferometer with a novel interferometric distance meter is introduced. At the end, a tomographic method is demonstrated for determining the 2-D stress profile of a fiber.

  6. Acoustic confinement and Stimulated Brillouin Scattering in integrated optical waveguides

    Poulton, Christopher G; Eggleton, Benjamin J

    2013-01-01

    We examine the effect of acoustic mode confinement on Stimulated Brillouin Scattering in optical waveguides that consist of a guiding core embedded in a solid substrate. We find that SBS can arise due to coupling to acoustic modes in three different regimes. First, the acoustic modes may be guided by total internal reflection; in this case the SBS gain depends directly on the degree of confinement of the acoustic mode in the core, which is in turn determined by the acoustic V-parameter. Second, the acoustic modes may be leaky, but may nevertheless have a sufficiently long lifetime to have a large effect on the SBS gain; the lifetime of acoustic modes in this regime depends not only on the contrast in acoustic properties between the core and the cladding, but is also highly dependent on the waveguide dimensions. Finally SBS may occur due to coupling to free modes, which exist even in the absence of acoustic confinement; we find that the cumulative effect of coupling to these non-confined modes results in signi...

  7. Interferometer and sensor based on bimodal optical waveguides, and detection method

    Domínguez, Carlos; Zinoviev, Kirill; Laura M. Lechuga

    2007-01-01

    [EN]: Planar optical waveguide interferometer (15, 25, 35, 45) comprising: a substrate (8, 28, 38, 48); a bimodal waveguide (10, 20, 20', 30, 40) comprising at least one layer (1, 2, 3) deposited on said substrate (8, 28, 38, 48), said bimodal waveguide (10, 20, 20', 30, 40) being designed for supporting a zeroorder and a first-order transverse propagating modes, said transverse propagating modes having different dispersion; a sensor plate (21, 31, 41, 51) located in a se...

  8. Optical Waveguide Lightmode Spectroscopy (OWLS) as a Sensor for Thin Film and Quantum Dot Corrosion

    Jinke Tang; Qilin Dai; Wenyong Wang; Hao Yu; Eggleston, Carrick M; Jiajun Chen

    2012-01-01

    Optical waveguide lightmode spectroscopy (OWLS) is usually applied as a biosensor system to the sorption-desorption of proteins to waveguide surfaces. Here, we show that OWLS can be used to monitor the quality of oxide thin film materials and of coatings of pulsed laser deposition synthesized CdSe quantum dots (QDs) intended for solar energy applications. In addition to changes in data treatment and experimental procedure, oxide- or QD-coated waveguide sensors must be synthesized. We synthesi...

  9. Active III-V Semiconductor Photonic Crystal Waveguides

    Ek, Sara; Chen, Yaohui; Schubert, Martin;

    2011-01-01

    We experimentally demonstrate enhanced amplified spontaneous emission in a quantum well III-V semiconductor photonic crystal waveguide slab. The effect is described by enhanced light matter interaction with the decrease of the group velocity. These are promising results for future compact devices...... for terabit/s communication, such as miniaturised semiconductor optical amplifiers and mode-locked lasers....

  10. Light propagation in planar optical waveguides made of silicon nanocrystals buried in silica glass

    Silicon nanocrystals fabricated by Si+-ion implantation (400 keV, fluences from 4 to 6 x 1017 cm-2) of fused silica form interesting active planar optical waveguides. The nanocrystals emit orange-red photoluminescence (PL) (under UV-blue excitation) and define a region of high refractive index that guides part of the PL along the layer. Light from external light sources can also be coupled into the waveguides (directly to the polished edge facet or from the surface by applying a quartz prism coupler). In both cases the optical emission from the sample facet exhibits narrow (10-20 nm full-with-at-half-maximum) polarisation-resolved transverse electric and transverse magnetic modes instead of the usual broad nanocrystal spectra. This effect is explained by our theoretical model, which identifies the microcavity-like peaks as leaky modes propagating along the waveguide/substrate boundary (not the usual modes guided inside the nanocrystal plane due to its graded index profile). The unconventional properties of this relatively easy-to-make all-silicon structure may be interesting for future photonic devices and sensors

  11. Direct-Dispense Polymeric Waveguides Platform for Optical Chemical Sensors

    Mohamad Hajj-Hassan

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available We describe an automated robotic technique called direct-dispense to fabricate a polymeric platform that supports optical sensor arrays. Direct-dispense, which is a type of the emerging direct-write microfabrication techniques, uses fugitive organic inks in combination with cross-linkable polymers to create microfluidic channels and other microstructures. Specifically, we describe an application of direct-dispensing to develop optical biochemical sensors by fabricating planar ridge waveguides that support sol-gelderived xerogel-based thin films. The xerogel-based sensor materials act as host media to house luminophore biochemical recognition elements. As a prototype implementation, we demonstrate gaseous oxygen (O2 responsive optical sensors that operate on the basis of monitoring luminescence intensity signals. The optical sensor employs a Light Emitting Diode (LED excitation source and a standard silicon photodiode as the detector. The sensor operates over the full scale (0%-100% of O2 concentrations with a response time of less than 1 second. This work has implications for the development of miniaturized multisensor platforms that can be cost-effectively and reliably mass-produced.

  12. Properties of the slab modes in photonic crystal optical waveguides

    Adibi, Ali; Xu, Yong; Lee, Reginald K.; Yariv, Amnon; Scherer, Axel

    2000-01-01

    We show that by placing a slab of semiconductor material between two photonic bandgap (PBG) mirrors, waveguide modes at frequencies out of the PBC; can he obtained. These modes are similar to the modes of a conventional dielectric slab waveguide. Using these modes, we can obtain very good coupling between a PEG waveguide and a dielectric slab waveguide with similar slab properties. We discuss the properties of these slab modes and outline the guideline for the optimization elf the PRC wavegui...

  13. Optical-assembly periodic structure of ferrofluids in a liquid core/metal cladding optical waveguide.

    Wang, Xianping; Yin, Cheng; Sun, Jingjing; Han, Qingbang; Li, Honggen; Sang, Minghuang; Yuan, Wen; Cao, Zhuangqi

    2013-11-01

    We present a novel and simple mechanism for the fabrication of periodic microstructure based on a ferrofluids core/metal cladding optical waveguide chip. The ultrahigh-order modes excited in the millimeter scale guiding layer lead to the ordered particle aggregates in ferrofluids without applying a magnetic field. Since the absorption of photons by the extremely dilute ferrofluids is extremely small and the Soret effect is not noticeable, a tentative explanation in terms of the optical trapping effect is proposed. Furthermore, this scheme exhibits all-optically tunable reflectivity and lateral Goos-Hänchen shift, which potentially may be for practical use in novel optical devices. PMID:24216657

  14. Polarization independent electro-optical waveguides with liquid crystals in isotropic phase

    Costache, Florenta; Blasl, Martin; Bornhorst, Kirstin

    2015-02-01

    Electro-optically induced waveguides can be used in fiber optic networks for optical power control and the distribution of optical signals transmitted over optical fibers. Reliable operation is ensured with this type of waveguides due to their non-mechanical principle of operation. Their polarization dependent behavior caused by field-induced birefringence effects may limit however their practical applications. We report on a method to reduce the polarization dependent loss in electro-optically induced waveguides with a core made of liquid crystals in isotropic phase. The concept design enables a controlled adjustment of the electric field distribution, which is responsible for inducing and shaping the optical mode, by employing an optimized electrode arrangement. In this new waveguide structure, the TM and TE modes coexist spatially and are guided in a similar way. In order to demonstrate this concept, straight and bending waveguides in 1×1 and 1×2 light input to output configurations have been designed and fabricated. The electrode arrangement and single mode waveguide geometry were optimized using FEM simulations. Bulk silicon micromachining was used to fabricate these waveguides. In particular, the manufactured device consisted of two processed silicon substrates with a liquid crystal layer enclosed in between. Devices tested with varying driving voltage have revealed comparable transmitted power for both TE and TM modes. Very low polarization dependent losses over a more than 20 dB wide dynamic attenuation range have been obtained.

  15. Toward a 1.54 mu m Electrically Driven Erbium-Doped Silicon Slot Waveguide and Optical Amplifier

    Tengattini, A.; J. M. Ramírez; Navarro-Urrios, D.

    2013-01-01

    In this paper, we report on the first attempt to design, fabricate, and test an on-chip optical amplifier which works at 1540 nm and can be electrically driven. It is based on an asymmetric silicon slot waveguide which embeds the active material. This is based on erbium-doped silicon rich silicon oxide. We describe the horizontal asymmetric slot waveguide design which allows us to get a high field confinement in a nanometer thick active layer. In addition, we detail the complex process needed...

  16. High sensitivity optical waveguide accelerometer based on Fano resonance.

    Wan, Fenghua; Qian, Guang; Li, Ruozhou; Tang, Jie; Zhang, Tong

    2016-08-20

    An optical waveguide accelerometer based on tunable asymmetrical Fano resonance in a ring-resonator-coupled Mach-Zehnder interferometer (MZI) is proposed and analyzed. A Fano resonance accelerometer has a relatively large workspace of coupling coefficients with high sensitivity, which has potential application in inertial navigation, missile guidance, and attitude control of satellites. Due to the interference between a high-Q resonance pathway and a coherent background pathway, a steep asymmetric line shape is generated, which greatly improves the sensitivity of this accelerometer. The sensitivity of the accelerometer is about 111.75 mW/g. A 393-fold increase in sensitivity is achieved compared with a conventional MZI accelerometer and is approximately equal to the single ring structure. PMID:27556984

  17. Polymer-on-glass waveguide structure for efficient fluorescence-based optical biosensors

    Bernini, Romeo; Cennamo, Nunzio; Minardo, Aldo; Zeni, Luigi

    2005-03-01

    A novel waveguide geometry for an integrated optics bio-sensor suitable for fluorescence detection is presented. In particular, we propose a polymeric waveguide realized on a glass substrate. This new geometry is aimed to an efficient evanescent-wave excitation of the fluorophores and subsequent collection of the fluorescence emission with no need of optical filters. The absence of any optical filters simplifies the device operation and permits to avoid the losses resulting from the use of the filter itself.

  18. Towards a biosensor based on Anti Resonant Reflecting Optical Waveguide fabricated from porous silicon.

    Hiraoui, Mohamed; Haji, Lazhar; Guendouz, Mohammed; Lorrain, Nathalie; Moadhen, A.; Oueslati, Mehrezi

    2012-01-01

    Recently, we demonstrated that Anti Resonant Reflecting Optical Waveguide (ARROW) based on porous silicon (PS) material can be used as a transducer for the development of a new optical biosensor. Compared to a conventional biosensor waveguide based on evanescent waves, the ARROW structure is designed to allow a better overlap between the propagated optical field and the molecules infiltrated in the porous core layer and so to provide better molecular interactions sensitivity. The aim of this ...

  19. [Optical Design of Miniature Infrared Gratings Spectrometer Based on Planar Waveguide].

    Li, Yang-yu; Fang, Yong-hua; Li, Da-cheng; Liu, Yang

    2015-03-01

    In order to miniaturize an infrared spectrometer, we analyze the current optical design of miniature spectrometers and propose a method for designing a miniature infrared gratings spectrometer based on planar waveguide. Common miniature spectrometer uses miniature optical elements to reduce the size of system, which also shrinks the effective aperture. So the performance of spectrometer has dropped. Miniaturization principle of planar waveguide spectrometer is different from the principle of common miniature spectrometer. In planar waveguide spectrometer, the propagation of light is limited in a thin planar waveguide, which looks like the whole optical system is squashed flat. In the direction parallel to the planar waveguide, the light through the slit is collimated, dispersed and focused. And a spectral image is formed in the detector plane. This propagation of light is similar to the light in common miniature spectrometer. In the direction perpendicular to the planar waveguide, light is multiple reflected by the upper and lower surfaces of the planar waveguide and propagates in the waveguide. So the size of corresponding optical element could be very small in the vertical direction, which can reduce the size of the optical system. And the performance of the spectrometer is still good. The design method of the planar waveguide spectrometer can be separated into two parts, Czerny-Turner structure design and planar waveguide structure design. First, by using aberration theory an aberration-corrected (spherical aberration, coma, focal curve) Czerny-Turner structure is obtained. The operation wavelength range and spectral resolution are also fixed. Then, by using geometrical optics theory a planar waveguide structure is designed for reducing the system size and correcting the astigmatism. The planar waveguide structure includes a planar waveguide and two cylindrical lenses. Finally, they are modeled together in optical design software and are optimized as a whole. An

  20. Optical Properties of Acrylate-Based Negative-Type Photoresist and Its Application to Optical Waveguide Fabrication

    Gustafik, Pavol; Sugihara, Okihiro; Okamoto, Naomichi

    2004-04-01

    In this article, we present some of the optical properties of a polymeric acrylate-based photoresist material called PNME, by its principal components, which are pentaerythritol triacrylate, n-methyldiethanolamine, and eosin. The refractive index and absorption spectra were measured. Because of the low absorption of PNME in the datacom and telecom regions, PNME was studied with respect to its suitability for the fabrication of a channel waveguide and/or an optical fiber. A multimode optical waveguide was fabricated using a cold UV stamping fabrication method, and propagation losses at 1.3 μm were measured. An optical fiber core was fabricated using a light-induced self-writing fabrication method. In our study, it was found that optical waveguides made from PNME have low propagation losses due to smooth sidewalls and the low absorption of PNME. An optical waveguide with a corrugated core was also fabricated.

  1. Monolithic integration of DUV-induced waveguides into plastic microfluidic chip for optical manipulation

    Khoury Arvelo, Maria; Vannahme, Christoph; Sørensen, Kristian Tølbøl;

    2014-01-01

    A monolithic polymer optofluidic chip for manipulation of microbeads in flow is demonstrated. On this chip, polymer waveguides induced by Deep UV lithography are integrated with microfluidic channels. The optical propagation losses of the waveguides are measured to be 0.66±0.13 d...

  2. Optical Nano-antennae as Compact and Efficient Couplers from Free-space to Waveguide Modes

    Zenin, Vladimir A.; Malureanu, Radu; Volkov, Valentyn; Bozhevolnyi, Sergey I.; Lavrinenko, Andrei

    plasmonic waveguides for optical interconnects. During the talk, we will present our modelling optimisation, fabrication and measurement of the nano-antennae functionality. For the modelling part, we used CST Microwave studio for optimising the antenna geometry. Various antennae were modelled and fabricated......Optical nano-antennae are one of the possible solutions for coupling free-space radiation into subwavelength waveguides. Our efforts were concentrated on coupling between an optical fibre and a plasmonic slot waveguide. Such coupling is still an issue to be solved in order to advance the use of...

  3. The hybrid photonic planar integrated receiver with a polymer optical waveguide

    Busek, Karel; Jerábek, Vitezslav; Armas Arciniega, Julio; Prajzler, Václav

    2008-11-01

    This article describes design of the photonic receiver composed of the system polymer planar waveguides, InGaAs p-i-n photodiode and integrated HBT amplifier on a low loss composite substrate. The photonic receiver was the main part of the hybrid integrated microwave optoelectronic transceiver TRx (transciever TRx) for the optical networks PON (passive optical networks) with FTTH (fiber-to-the-home) topology. In this article are presented the research results of threedimensional field between output facet of a optical waveguide and p-i-n photodiode. In terms of our research, there was optimized the optical coupling among the facet waveguide and pi-n photodiode and the electrical coupling among p-i-n photodiode and input of HBT amplifier. The hybrid planar lightwave circuit (PLC) of the transceiver TRx will be composed from a two parts - polymer optical waveguide including VHGT filter section and a optoelectronic microwave section.

  4. Optical Intensity Modulation in an LiNbO3 Slab-Coupled Waveguide

    Yalin Lu

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Optical intensity modulation has been demonstrated through switching the optical beam between the main core waveguide and a closely attached leaky slab waveguide by applying a low-voltage electrical field. Theory for simulating such an LiNbO3 slab-coupled waveguide structure was suggested, and the result indicates the possibility of making the spatial guiding mode large, circular and symmetric, which further allows the potential to significantly reduce the coupling losses with adjacent lasers and optical networks. Optical intensity modulation using electro-optic effect was experimentally demonstrated in a 5 cm long waveguide fabricated by using a procedure of soft proton exchange and then an overgrowth of thin LN film on top of a c-cut LiNbO3 wafer.

  5. All-optical modulator based on a ferrofluid core metal cladding waveguide chip

    We propose a novel optical intensity modulator based on the combination of a symmetrical metal cladding optical waveguide (SMCW) and ferrofluid, where the ferrofluid is sealed in the waveguide to act as a guiding layer. The light matter interaction in the ferrofluid film leads to the formation of a regular nanoparticle pattern, which changes the phase match condition of the ultrahigh order modes in return. When two lasers are incident on the same spot of the waveguide chip, experiments illustrate all-optical modulation of one laser beam by adjusting the intensity of the other laser. A possible theoretical explanation may be due to the optical trapping and Soret effect since the phenomenon is considerable only when the control laser is effectively coupled into the waveguide. (electromagnetism, optics, acoustics, heat transfer, classical mechanics, and fluid dynamics)

  6. Feasibility study of nanoscaled optical waveguide based on near-resonant surface plasmon polariton.

    Yan, Min; Thylén, Lars; Qiu, Min; Parekh, Devang

    2008-05-12

    Currently subwavelength surface plasmon polariton (SPP) waveguides under intensive theoretical and experimental studies are mostly based on the geometrical singularity property of such waveguides. Typical examples include the metal-insulator-metal based waveguide and the metallic fiber. Both types of waveguides support a mode with divergent propagation constant as the waveguides' geometry (metal gap distance or fiber radius) shrinks to zero. Here we study an alternative way of achieving subwavelength confinement through deploying two materials with close but opposite epsilon values. The interface between such two materials supports a near-resonant SPP. By examining the relationship between mode propagation loss and the mode field size for both planar and fiber waveguides, we show that waveguides based on near-resonant SPP can be as attractive as those solely based on geometrical tailoring. We then explicitly study a silver and silicon based waveguide with a 25nm core size at 600nm wavelength, in its properties like single-mode condition, mode loss and group velocity. It is shown that loss values of both materials have to be decreased by approximately 1000 times in order to have 1dB/microm propagation loss. Hence we point out the necessity of novel engineering of low-loss metamaterials, or introducing gain, for practical applications of such waveguides. Due to the relatively simple geometry, the proposed near-resonant SPP waveguides can be a potential candidate for building optical circuits with a density close to the electronic counterpart. PMID:18545455

  7. Adaptive Integrated Optical Bragg Grating in Semiconductor Waveguide Suitable for Optical Signal Processing

    Moniem, T. A.

    2016-05-01

    This article presents a methodology for an integrated Bragg grating using an alloy of GaAs, AlGaAs, and InGaAs with a controllable refractive index to obtain an adaptive Bragg grating suitable for many applications on optical processing and adaptive control systems, such as limitation and filtering. The refractive index of a Bragg grating is controlled by using an external electric field for controlling periodic modulation of the refractive index of the active waveguide region. The designed Bragg grating has refractive indices programmed by using that external electric field. This article presents two approaches for designing the controllable refractive indices active region of a Bragg grating. The first approach is based on the modification of a planar micro-strip structure of the iGaAs traveling wave as the active region, and the second is based on the modification of self-assembled InAs/GaAs quantum dots of an alloy from GaAs and InGaAs with a GaP traveling wave. The overall design and results are discussed through numerical simulation by using the finite-difference time-domain, plane wave expansion, and opto-wave simulation methods to confirm its operation and feasibility.

  8. Active structural waveguide for sensing application

    Czajkowski, Karol; Kochanowicz, Marcin; Zmojda, Jacek; Miluski, Piotr; Dorosz, Dominik

    2014-05-01

    In the article a microstructural active optical fiber for sensing application was presented. Construction consists of three hexagonal rings and a core made of SiO2 - Al2O3 - Sb2O3 glass co-doped with 1Yb2O3/0.1Tm2O3 [mol%]. Developed optical fiber is characterized by upconversion luminescence (λp=980nm) at 480nm (Tm3+: 1G4→3H6) and 650 nm (Tm3+ : 1G4→3F4). Population of thulium levels was attained in result of the Yb 3+→Tm3+ upconversion energy transfer. Sensing application of elaborated active photonic structure was presented on the example of aqueous fluorescein solution. Fabricated microstructural optical fiber enables to measure of the fluorescein solutions with the concentration of (0.25 - 5.42)·10-4 [mol%]. Sensitivity of the elaborated measurement setup is 1.51·104 [1/mol%].

  9. Low loss optical waveguides by direct Ti ion implantation in LiNbO/sub 3/

    The maximum Ti concentration and corresponding Δn as well as the minimum waveguide size is limited in diffused waveguides by the diffusion coefficient. Ion implantation offers an interesting alternative with a clear advantage at larger wavelengths for smaller waveguide cross-sections. Both planar and channel waveguides have been fabricated by ion implantation of Ti into a LiNbO/sub 3/ substrate. A solid phase epitaxial regrowth of the implant induced crystal damage resulted in excellent waveguides with propagation losses of less than 1 db/cm. Guide depth of less than 1 micron and Δn of 0.04 have been achieved. Fabrication techniques and optical properties of the waveguides are presented

  10. Capacitively-Induced Free-Carrier Effects in Nanoscale Silicon Waveguides for Electro-Optic Modulation

    Sharma, Rajat; Lin, Hung-Hsi; Isichenko, Andrei; Vallini, Felipe; Fainman, Yeshaiahu

    2015-01-01

    We fabricate silicon waveguides in silicon-on-insulator (SOI) wafers clad with either silicon dioxide, silicon nitride, or aluminum oxide, and by measuring the electro-optic behavior of ring resonators, we characterize the cladding-dependent and capacitively-induced free-carrier effects in each of these waveguides. By comparing our measured data with simulation results, we confirm that the observed voltage dependencies of the transmission spectra are due to changes in the concentrations of holes and electrons within the semiconductor waveguide, and we show for the first time how strongly these effects depend on the cladding material which comes into contact with the silicon waveguide. Additionally, the waveguide loss is found to have a particularly high sensitivity to the applied voltage, and may therefore find use in a wide range of applications which require low- or high-loss propagation. Collectively, these phenomena may be incorporated into more complex waveguide designs in the future to create high-effic...

  11. Implementation of the Simplex algorithm for reconstruction of optical parameters of double-layer planar optical waveguides

    Kubica, Jacek M.

    2000-10-01

    The use of the downhill Simplex algorithm in reconstruction of optical parameters of planar silica waveguides is described. The original Nelder-Mead approach has been modified to include physical constraints of the waveguide system. Numerical results are provided to illustrate the behavior of the modified algorithm.

  12. Ultralow-loss waveguide crossings for the integration of microfluidics and optical waveguide sensors

    Wang, Zheng; Yan, Hai; Wang, Zongxing; Zou, Yi; Yang, Chun-Ju; Chakravarty, Swapnajit; Subbaraman, Harish; Tang, Naimei; Xu, Xiaochuan; Fan, D. L.; Wang, Alan X.; Chen, Ray T.

    2015-03-01

    Integrating photonic waveguide sensors with microfluidics is promising in achieving high-sensitivity and cost-effective biological and chemical sensing applications. One challenge in the integration is that an air gap would exist between the microfluidic channel and the photonic waveguide when the micro-channel and the waveguide intersect. The air gap creates a path for the fluid to leak out of the micro-channel. Potential solutions, such as oxide deposition followed by surface planarization, would introduce additional fabrication steps and thus are ineffective in cost. Here we propose a reliable and efficient approach for achieving closed microfluidic channels on a waveguide sensing chip. The core of the employed technique is to add waveguide crossings, i.e., perpendicularly intersecting waveguides, to block the etched trenches and prevent the fluid from leaking through the air gap. The waveguide crossings offer a smooth interface for microfluidic channel bonding while bring negligible additional propagation loss (0.024 dB/crossing based on simulation). They are also efficient in fabrication, which are patterned and fabricated in the same step with waveguides. We experimentally integrated microfluidic channels with photonic crystal (PC) microcavity sensor chips on silicon-on-insulator substrate and demonstrated leak-free sensing measurement with waveguide crossings. The microfluidic channel was made from polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) and pressure bonded to the silicon chip. The tested flow rates can be varied from 0.2 μL/min to 200 μL/min. Strong resonances from the PC cavity were observed from the transmission spectra. The spectra also show that the waveguide crossings did not induce any significant additional loss or alter the resonances.

  13. Controlled rod nanostructured assembly of diphenylalanine and their optical waveguide properties.

    Li, Qi; Jia, Yi; Dai, Luru; Yang, Yang; Li, Junbai

    2015-03-24

    Diphenylalanine (FF) microrods were obtained by manipulating the fabrication conditions. Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), circular dichroism (CD), fluorescence (FL) spectroscopy, and X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements revealed the molecular arrangement within the FF microrods, demonstrating similar secondary structure and molecular arrangement within FF microtubes and nanofibers. Accordingly, a possible mechanism was proposed, which may provide important guidance on the design and assembly manipulation of peptides and other biomolecules. Furthermore, characterization of a single FF microrod indicates that the FF microrod can act as an active optical waveguide material, allowing locally excited photoluminescence to propagate along the length of the microrod with coupling out at the microrod tips. PMID:25759013

  14. Control of beam propagation in optically written waveguides beyond the paraxial approximation

    Zhang, L; Evers, J

    2013-01-01

    Beam propagation beyond the paraxial approximation is studied in an optically written waveguide structure. The waveguide structure that leads to diffractionless light propagation, is imprinted on a medium consisting of a five-level atomic vapor driven by an incoherent pump and two coherent spatially dependent control and plane-wave fields. We first study propagation in a single optically written waveguide, and find that the paraxial approximation does not provide an accurate description of the probe propagation. We then employ coherent control fields such that two parallel and one tilted Gaussian beams produce a branched waveguide structure. The tilted beam allows selective steering of the probe beam into different branches of the waveguide structure. The transmission of the probe beam for a particular branch can be improved by changing the width of the titled Gaussian control beam as well as the intensity of the spatially dependent incoherent pump field.

  15. Optical investigation of nanophotonic lithium niobate-based optical waveguide

    Fakhri, Makram A.; Al-Douri, Y.; Hashim, U.; Salim, Evan T.; Prakash, Deo; Verma, K. D.

    2015-10-01

    Lithium niobate (LiNbO3) nanophotonics are prepared on quartz substrate by sol-gel method. They have been deposited with different molarity concentrations and annealed at 500 °C. These samples are characterized and analyzed by scanning electron microscope, atomic force microscopy, X-ray diffraction and ultraviolet-visible. The measured results show an importance of increasing molarity that indicates the structure starts to crystallize to become more regular. The estimated lattice constants, energy gaps and refractive index give good accordance with experimental results. Also, the calculated refractive index and optical dielectric constant are in agreement with experimental data.

  16. Optical characterization of Al- and N-polar AlN waveguides for integrated optics

    Rigler, Martin; Buh, Jože; Hoffmann, Marc P.; Kirste, Ronny; Bobea, Milena; Mita, Seiji; Gerhold, Michael D.; Collazo, Ramon; Sitar, Zlatko; Zgonik, Marko

    2015-04-01

    Dispersion of the extraordinary and ordinary refractive indices of Al- and N-polar AlN waveguides is measured by multiple angle-of-incidence and spectroscopic ellipsometry techniques. The polarity-controlled AlN layers are grown by metal-organic chemical vapor deposition on (0001)-sapphire substrates. Taking into consideration the different surface morphologies of the Al- and N-polar AlN waveguides, we propose two optical models to describe the measured ellipsometry data. The results indicate that there is no difference between the refractive indices of the AlN grown in opposite directions, which confirms the potential of the AlN lateral polar structures for use in nonlinear optical applications based on quasi phase matching.

  17. Optical quality ZnSe films on silicon for mid-IR waveguides

    Mittal, Vinita; Wilkinson, James; Senthil Murugan, Ganapathy

    2016-01-01

    ZnSe films were deposited on silicon substrates by evaporation and RF-sputtering and compared for their structural, morphological and optical properties. The deposited films were tested as waveguide cladding and the evaporated films showed lower loss.

  18. Fabrication of an integrated optical filter using a large-core multimode waveguide vertically coupled to a single-mode waveguide.

    Kwon, Min-Suk; Kim, Ki-Hong; Oh, Young-Hoon; Shin, Sang-Yung

    2003-09-01

    We demonstrate the feasibility of the process for fabricating a single-mode waveguide and a large-core multimode waveguide aligned vertically on the same substrate. Using this process, we propose and demonstrate a filter that drops optical signal propagating in a single-mode waveguide to a multimode waveguide in the specific wavelength interval by a long-period grating. We use perfluorocyclobutane and benzocyclobutane for the cladding and core of the single-mode waveguide, respectively. The large core of the multimode waveguide is made of Norland Optical Adhesive 61. For the grating period of 315.9 um, the fabricated filter has the center wavelength of 1537.7 nm, at which the maximum attenuation is 17.8 dB. PMID:19466110

  19. Polymer optical waveguide composed of europium-aluminum-acrylate composite core for compact optical amplifier and laser

    Mitani, Marina; Yamashita, Kenichi; Fukui, Toshimi; Ishigure, Takaaki

    2015-02-01

    We successfully fabricate polymer waveguides with Europium-Aluminum (Eu-Al) polymer composite core using the Mosquito method that utilizes a microdispenser for realizing a compact waveguide optical amplifiers and lasers. Rareearth (RE) ions are widely used as the gain medium for fiber lasers and optical fiber amplifiers. However, high concentration doping of rare-earth-ion leads to the concentration quenching resulting in observing less gain in optical amplification. For addressing the concentration quenching problem, a rare-earth metal (RE-M) polymer composite has been proposed by KRI, Inc. to be a waveguide core material. Actually, 10-wt% RE doping into organic polymer materials was already achieved. Hence, realization of compact and high-efficiency waveguide amplifiers and lasers have been anticipated using the RE-M polymer composite. In this paper, a microdispenser is adopted to fabricate a Eu-doped polymer waveguide. Then, it is experimentally confirmed that the low-loss waveguides are fabricated with a high reproducibility. Optical gain is estimated by measuring the amplified spontaneous emission using the variable stripe length method. The fabricated waveguide exhibits an optical gain as high as 7.1 dB/cm at 616-nm wavelength.

  20. Magneto-optical switch with amorphous silicon waveguides on magneto-optical garnet

    Ishida, Eiichi; Miura, Kengo; Shoji, Yuya; Mizumoto, Tetsuya; Nishiyama, Nobuhiko; Arai, Shigehisa

    2016-08-01

    We fabricated a magneto-optical (MO) switch with a hydrogenated amorphous silicon waveguide on an MO garnet. The switch is composed of a 2 × 2 Mach–Zehnder interferometer (MZI). The switch state is controlled by an MO phase shift through a magnetic field generated by a current flowing in an electrode located on the MZI. The switching operation was successfully demonstrated with an extinction ratio of 11.7 dB at a wavelength of 1550 nm.

  1. Coupled Magnetic Resonator Optical Waveguides - mimicking spin waves in coupled metamaterials

    Liu, Hui

    2013-01-01

    Optical resonators are important devices that control the properties of light and manipulate light-matter interaction. Various optical resonators are designed and fabricated using different techniques. For example, in coupled resonator optical waveguides, light energy is transported to other resonators through near-field coupling. In recent years, magnetic optical resonators based on LC resonance have been realized in several metallic microstructures. Such devices possess stronger local resonance and lower radiation loss compared with electric optical resonators. This study provides an overall introduction on the latest progress in coupled magnetic resonator optical waveguide (CMROW). Various waveguides composed of different magnetic resonators are presented and Lagrangian formalism is used to describe the CMROW. Moreover, several interesting properties of CMROW, such as abnormal dispersions and slow light effects, are discussed and CMROW applications in nonlinear and quantum optics are shown. Future novel na...

  2. TEM characterization of oxidized AlGaAs/AlAs nonlinear optical waveguides

    Guillotel, E; Langlois, C.; Ghiglieno, F.; Leo, G.; Ricolleau, C.

    2010-01-01

    Abstract The internal interfaces of multilayer Al x Ga 1-x As/AlAs nonlinear optical waveguides are investigated by high-angle annular-dark-field and energy-filtered scanning transmission electron microscopy, before and after partial wet oxidation of AlAs layers. Via a simple phenomenological model, the corresponding roughness parameters allow predicting the scattering-induced waveguide optical losses, which are in reasonable agreement with the experimental value of 0.5 cm -1. We also find...

  3. A Novel MoM Approach for Obtaining Accurate and Efficient Solutions in Optical Rib Waveguide

    YENER, Namık

    2002-01-01

    The optical rib waveguide (ORW) plays an important role in the design of several integrated optical devices. Various methods have been proposed for obtaining the modal field solutions in ORW. However, to the best of our knowledge none of them is capable of providing accurate full-wave benchmark solutions. Here we present a novel MoM approach wherein the modes of a loaded rectangular waveguide are utilized as basis functions and demonstrate that this approach is very efficient and yie...

  4. Active waveguides by low-fluence carbon implantation in Nd3+-doped fluorophosphate glasses

    Liu, Chun-Xiao; Luo, Zhe-Yuan; Li, Yu-Wen; Chen, Meng; Xu, Jun; Fu, Li-Li; Yu, Ke-Han; Zheng, Rui-Lin; Zhou, Zhi-Guang; Li, Wei-Nan; Guo, Hai-Tao; Lin, She-Bao; Wei, Wei

    2016-01-01

    A planar waveguide in the Nd3+-doped fluorophosphate glass is fabricated by a 6.0 MeV C3+ ion implantation at a low-fluence of 1.0 × 1014 ions/cm2. The fluence is close to that in semiconductor industry. The dark mode spectra are recorded by a model 2010 prism coupler. The energy losses during the implantation process and the refractive index profile of the waveguide are simulated by the SRIM 2010 code and the reflectivity calculation method (RCM), respectively. The near-field light intensity profile and the propagation loss of the waveguide are measured by an end-face coupling system. The two-dimensional (2D) modal profile of transverse electric (TE) mode for the fabricated waveguide is calculated by the finite difference beam propagation method (FD-BPM). The results of microluminescence and optical absorption reveal that the spectroscopic characteristics of the Nd3+-doped fluorophosphate glass are nearly unaffected by the carbon ion implantation process. This work suggests that the carbon-implanted Nd3+-doped fluorophosphate glass waveguide is a promising candidate for integrated active devices.

  5. ALL-OPTICAL CONTROL OF THZ RADIATION IN PARALLEL PLATE WAVEGUIDES

    2010-01-01

    The invention relates to control of THz radiation in parallel plate waveguides (PPWG) by forming components in the waveguide by use of optical radiation pulses. Patterns of excited regions induced in the PPWG by an optical excitation pulses changes the electromagnetic properties of the waveguide...... the PPWG. The photo- induced pattern can be modulated in time in response to an incoming signal, to frequency-, phase- or amplitude-modulate the THz signal. The systems can be integrated on chip-scale components and can be applied in e.g. THz communication, digital computing, sensors, and lab...

  6. Investigation and modelling of rare-earth activated waveguide structures

    In this paper the overview of the recent study on the rare-earth activated waveguides performed in the Optoelectronic Department of IMiO is presented. We reported on the development of rare earth-doped fluorozirconate (ZBLAN) glass fibers that allow a construction of a new family of visible and ultraviolet fiber lasers pumped by upconversion. Especially the performance of holmium devices is presented. The properties of laser planar waveguides obtained by the LPE process and the growth conditions of rare earths doped YAG layers are presented. In this paper we present also the theoretical study of the nonlinear operation of planar waveguide laser, as an example the microdisk Nd:YAG structure is discussed. We derived an approximate formula which relates the small signal gain in the Nd:YAG active medium and the laser characteristics, obtained for whispering-gallery modes and radial modes, to the output power and real parameters of the laser structure (authors)

  7. Active substrate integrated terahertz waveguide using periodic graphene stack

    Dong, Yanfei; Liu, Peiguo; Yu, Dingwang; Yi, Bo; Li, Gaosheng

    2015-11-01

    The transmission properties of a substrate integrated waveguide (SIW) based on periodic graphene stacks have been theoretically investigated in the terahertz (THz) region. The effects of the dielectric-graphene-dielectric structure of the stack on the propagation properties are shown to be significant and different from the conventional active SIW based on active components. By varying the graphene chemical potential, the cut-off frequency of the proposed waveguide can be dynamically tuned from 3 to 3.7 THz. Moreover, the tunable waveguide displays low leakage loss and single-mode propagation with -120 dB stop-band attenuation. These primary results are very promising for THz integration devices and SIW-based systems.

  8. Active substrate integrated terahertz waveguide using periodic graphene stack

    Yanfei Dong

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available The transmission properties of a substrate integrated waveguide (SIW based on periodic graphene stacks have been theoretically investigated in the terahertz (THz region. The effects of the dielectric-graphene-dielectric structure of the stack on the propagation properties are shown to be significant and different from the conventional active SIW based on active components. By varying the graphene chemical potential, the cut-off frequency of the proposed waveguide can be dynamically tuned from 3 to 3.7 THz. Moreover, the tunable waveguide displays low leakage loss and single-mode propagation with −120 dB stop-band attenuation. These primary results are very promising for THz integration devices and SIW-based systems.

  9. Assembly of optical fibers for the connection of polymer-based waveguide

    Ansel, Yannick; Grau, Daniel; Holzki, Markus; Kraus, Silvio; Neumann, Frank; Reinhard, Carsten; Schmitz, Felix

    2003-03-01

    This paper describes the realization of polymer-based optical structures and the assembly and packaging strategy to connect optical fiber ribbons to the waveguides. For that a low cost fabrication process using the SU-8TM thick photo-resist is presented. This process consists in the deposition of two photo-structurized resist layers filled up with epoxy glue realising the core waveguide. For the assembly, a new modular vacuum gripper was realised and installed on an automatic pick and place assembly robot to mount precisely and efficiently the optical fibers in the optical structures. First results have shown acceptable optical propagation loss for the complete test structure.

  10. Optical Sensors Based on Single Arm Thin Film Waveguide Interferometer

    Sarkisov, S. S.; Diggs, D.; Curley, M.; Adamovsky, Grigory (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    Single-arm double-mode double-order optical waveguide interferometer utilizes interference between two propagating modes of different orders. Sensing effect results from the change in propagation conditions of the modes caused by the environment. The waveguide is made as an open asymmetric slab structure containing a dye-doped polymer film onto a fused quartz substrate. It is more sensitive to the change of environment than its conventional polarimetric analog using orthogonal modes (TE and TM) of the same order. The sensor still preserves the option of operating in polarimetric regime using a variety of mode combinations such as TE(sub 0)/TM(sub 0) (conventional), TE(sub 0)/TM(sub 1), TE(sub 1)/TM(sub 0), or TE(sub 1)/TM(sub 1) but can also work in nonpolarimetric regime using combinations TE(sub 0)/TM(sub 1) or TE(sub 0)/TM(sub 1). Utilization of different mode combinations simultaneously makes the device more versatile. Application of the sensor to gas sensing is based on doping polymer film with an organic indicator dye sensitive to a particular gas. Change of optical absorption spectrum of the dye caused by the gaseous pollutant results change of the reactive index of the dye-doped polymer film that can be detected by the sensor. As an indicator dyes, we utilize Bromocresol Purple doped into polymer poly(methyl) methacrylate, which shows a reversible growth of the absorption peak neat 600 nm after exposure to wet ammonia. We have built a breadboard prototype of the sensor with He-Ne laser as a light source and with a single mode fiber input and a multimode fiber output. The prototype showed sensitivity to temperature change of the order of 2 C per one full oscillation of the signal. The sensitivity of the sensor to the presence of wet ammonia is 200 ppm per one full oscillation of the signal. The further improvements include switching to a longer wavelength laser source (750-nm semiconductor laser), substitution of poly(methyl) methacrylate with hydrophilic

  11. Dual-wavelength operation of monolithically integrated arrayed waveguide grating lasers for optical heterodyning

    Guzmán M., Robinson C.; Jimenez, Álvaro; Lawniczuk, Katarzyna; Corradi, Antonio; Leijtens, Xaveer J. M.; Bente, Erwin A. J. M.; Carpintero, Guillermo

    2013-05-01

    A cost-effective solution to provide higher data rates in wireless communication system is to push carrier wave frequencies into millimeter wave (MMW) range, where the frequency bands within the E-band and F-band have been allocated. Photonics is a key technology to generate low phase noise signals, offering methods of generating continuous MMW with varying performance in terms of frequency bandwidth, tunability, and stability. Recently, we demonstrated for the first time of our knowledge the generation of a 95-GHz signal by optical heterodyning of two modes from different channels of a monolithically integrated arrayed waveguide grating multi-wavelength laser (AWGL). The device uses an arrayed waveguide grating (AWG) as an intra-cavity filter. With up to 16-channel sources with independent amplifiers and a booster amplifier on the common waveguide, the laser cavity is formed between cleaved facets of the chip. The two wavelengths required for optical heterodyning are generated activating simultaneously two channel SOAs and the Boost amplifier. In this work, we analyze the effect on the dual-wavelength operation of the Boost SOA, which is shared by two wavelengths. Mapping the optical spectrum, sweeping the two channel and Boost bias currents, we show the interaction among the different SOAs two find the regions of dual wavelength operation. The size of dual wavelength operation region depends greatly on the Boost SOA bias level. Initial results of a numerical model of the AWGL will be also presented, in which a digital filter is used to implement the AWG frequency behavior.

  12. Polymer/Perovskite Amplifying Waveguides for Active Hybrid Silicon Photonics.

    Suárez, Isaac; Juárez-Pérez, Emilio J; Bisquert, Juan; Mora-Seró, Iván; Martínez-Pastor, Juan P

    2015-10-28

    The emission properties of hybrid halide perovskites are exploited to implement a stable and very low power operation waveguide optical amplifier integrated in a silicon platform. By optimizing its design with a poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) encapsulation, this novel photonic device presents a net gain of around 10 dB cm(-1) and 3-4 nm linewidth with an energy threshold as low as 2 nJ pulse(-1) and exhibiting no degradation after one year. PMID:26331838

  13. Computer Aided Analysis of TM-Multimode Planar Graded-index Optical Waveguides

    An algorithm is developed for analysis TM-Multimode Planar graded-index optical waveguides. A Modified Impedance Boundary Method of Moments (MIBMOM) for the analysis of planar graded-index optical waveguide structures is presented. The algorithm is used to calculate the dispersion characteristics and the field distribution of TM-multimode planar graded-index optical waveguides. The technique is based on Galerkin s procedure and the exact boundary condition at the interfaces between the graded index region and the step index cladding. Legendre polynomials are used as basis functions. The efficiency of this algorithm is examined with waveguides having various index profiles such as exponential, Gaussian and complementary error functions. The advantage of the MIBMOM is the complete solution of TM-multimode as presented which is very difficult by the other methods. With this algorithm a minimum number of basis functions to give accurate results is used. The obtained results show good agreement with the experimental results

  14. A new electro-optic waveguide architecture and the unprecedented devices it enables

    Davis, Scott R.; Rommel, Scott D.; Farca, George; Anderson, Michael H.

    2008-04-01

    A new electro-optic waveguide platform, which provides unprecedented electro-optical phase delays (> 1mm), with very low loss (integrated photonic architecture has applications in a wide array of commercial and defense markets including: remote sensing, micro-LADAR, OCT, laser illumination, phased array radar, optical communications, etc. Performance attributes of several example devices are presented.

  15. Observation of optical emission from high refractive index waveguide excited by traveling electron beam

    Kuwamura, Yuji; Yamada, Minoru; Okamoto, Ryuichi; Kanai, Takeshi; Fares, Hesham

    2008-01-01

    A new scheme for optical emission using a high refractive index waveguide and the traveling electron beam in vacuum was demonstrated. Optical emission around wavelength of 1.5 pm was observed for electron acceleration voltage of 40KV. © 2008 Optical Society of America.

  16. Extension of Marcatili's analytical approach for rectangular silicon optical waveguides

    Westerveld, W J; van Dongen, K W A; Urbach, H P; Yousefi, M

    2015-01-01

    Marcatili's famous approximate analytical description of light propagating through rectangular dielectric waveguides, published in 1969, gives accurate results for low-index-contrast waveguides. However, photonic integrated circuit technology has advanced to high-index-contrast (HIC) waveguides. In this paper, we improve Marcatili's model by adjusting the amplitudes of the components of the electromagnetic fields in his description. We find that Marcatili's eigenvalue equation for the propagation constant is also valid for HIC waveguides. Our improved method shows much better agreement with rigorous numerical simulations, in particular for the case of HIC waveguides. We also derive explicit expressions for the effective group index and the effects of external forces on the propagation constant. Furthermore, with our method the phenomenon of avoided crossing of modes is observed and studied.

  17. Quantum Computations with Transverse Modes of an Optical Field Propagating in Waveguides

    符建; 唐少芳

    2003-01-01

    A fully optical method to perform quantum computation with transverse modes of the optical field propagating in waveguide is proposed by supplying the prescriptions for a universal set of quantum gates. The proposal for quantum computation is based on implementing a quantum bit with two normal modes of multi-mode waveguides. The proposed C-NOT gate has the potential of being more compact and easily realized than some optical implementations, since it is based on planar lightwave circuit technology and can be constructed by using Mach-Zehnder interferometer having semiconductor optical amplifiers with very large refractive nonlinearity in its arms.

  18. InP-Based Waveguide Triple Transit Region Photodiodes for Hybrid Integration with Passive Optical Silica Waveguides

    Vitaly Rymanov

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available We report on a novel InP-based 1.55 μm waveguide triple transit region photodiode (TTR-PD structure for hybrid integration with passive optical silica waveguides. Using the beam propagation method, numerical analyses reveal that, for evanescent optical coupling between a passive silica waveguide and the InP-based waveguide TTR-PD, a coupling efficiency of about 90% can be obtained. In addition to that, an absorption of about 50% is simulated within a TTR-PD length of 30 µm. For fabricated TTR-PD chips, a polarization dependent loss (PDL of less than 0.9 dB is achieved within the complete optical C-band. At the operational wavelength of 1.55 µm, a reasonable PDL of 0.73 dB is measured. The DC responsivity and the RF responsivity are achieved on the order of 0.52 A/W and 0.24 A/W, respectively. Further, a 3 dB bandwidth of 132 GHz is experimentally demonstrated and high output-power levels exceeding 0 dBm are obtained. Even at the 3 dB cut-off frequency, no saturation effects occur at a photocurrent of 15.5 mA and an RF output power of −4.6 dBm is achieved. In addition to the numerical and experimental achievements, we propose a scheme for a hybrid-integrated InP/silicon-based photonic millimeter wave transmitter.

  19. Integration of active and passive polymer optics

    Christiansen, Mads Brøkner; Schøler, Mikkel; Kristensen, Anders

    2007-01-01

    We demonstrate a wafer scale fabrication process for integration of active and passive polymer optics: Polymer DFB lasers and waveguides. Polymer dye DFB lasers are fabricated by combined nanoimprint and photolithography (CNP). The CNP fabrication relies on an UV transparent stamp with nm sized...

  20. Transverse writing of three-dimensional tubular optical waveguides in glass with slit-shaped femtosecond laser beams

    Liao, Yang; Wang, Peng; Chu, Wei; Wang, Zhaohui; Qiao, Lingling; Cheng, Ya

    2016-01-01

    We report on fabrication of tubular optical waveguides buried in ZBLAN glass based on transverse femtosecond laser direct writing. Irradiation in ZBLAN with focused femtosecond laser pulses leads to decrease of refractive index in the modified region. Tubular optical waveguides of variable mode areas are fabricated by forming the four sides of the cladding with slit-shaped femtosecond laser pulses, ensuring single mode waveguiding with a mode field dimension compatible with direct coupling to single-mode optical fibers.

  1. Finite element analysis of a variable optical attenuator based on s-shape polymer waveguide

    Wan, Jing; Wu, Lingxun; Xue, Fenglan; Hu, Jian; Fu, Yanjun; Zhang, Wei; Hu, Fangren

    2016-01-01

    A variable optical attenuator (VOA) based on S-shape polymer waveguide is demonstrated at the wavelength λ = 1.55 micron. The VOA consists of straight input and output waveguides, an S-shape waveguide and a pair of deposited electrodes. The cladding material of S waveguide is Poly (methyl methacrylate/disperse red 1) (PMMA/DR1) and the core material of S waveguide is SiON. The refractive index of the polymer cladding at S waveguide is modified by the applied electric voltage. Light scatters at the S waveguide and the VOA has large energy loss in the original state at voltage-off. In the voltage-on state, the refractive index of the polymer of the S waveguide reduces, and energy loss changes as the voltage increases. The attenuation of the VOA can be controled and adjusted by the applied voltage. The beam propagation method(BPM) and finite element analysis are employed to simulate and analyse the VOA. The results show that the VOA has large variable attenuation range of 45.2dB and low insertion loss of 0.8dB.

  2. Second-order optical nonlinearities in dilute melt proton exchange waveguides in z-cut LiNbO3

    Veng, Torben Erik; Skettrup, Torben; Pedersen, Kjeld

    1996-01-01

    Planar optical waveguides with different refractive indices are made in z-cut LiNbO3 with a dilute proton exchange method using a system of glycerol containing KHSO4 and lithium benzoate. The optical second-order susceptibilities of these waveguides are measured by detecting the 266 nm reflected...... second-harmonic signal generated by a 532 nm beam directed onto the waveguide surface. It is found for this kind of waveguides that in the waveguide region all the second-order susceptibilities take values of at least 90% of the original LiNbO; values for refractive index changes less than similar to 0...

  3. Optical loss by surface transfer doping in silicon waveguides

    Alloatti, Luca; Leuthold, Juerg

    2015-01-01

    We show that undoped silicon waveguides may suffer of up to 1.8 dB/cm free-carrier absorption caused by improper surface passivation. To verify the effects of free-carriers we apply a gate field to the waveguides. Smallest losses correspond to higher electrical sheet resistances and are generally obtained with non-zero gate fields. The presence of free carriers for zero gate field is attributed to surface transfer doping. These results open new perspectives for minimizing propagation losses in silicon waveguides and for obtaining low-loss and highly conductive silicon films without applying a gate voltage.

  4. Optical Gratings Coated with Thin Si3N4 Layer for Efficient Immunosensing by Optical Waveguide Lightmode Spectroscopy

    Lorena Diéguez

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available New silicon nitride coated optical gratings were tested by means of Optical Waveguide Lightmode Spectroscopy (OWLS. A thin layer of 10 nm of transparent silicon nitride was deposited on commercial optical gratings by means of sputtering. The quality of the layer was tested by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy. As a proof of concept, the sensors were successfully tested with OWLS by monitoring the concentration dependence on the detection of an antibody-protein pair. The potential of the Si3N4 as functional layer in a real-time biosensor opens new ways for the integration of optical waveguides with microelectronics.

  5. Perforated hollow-core optical waveguides for on-chip atomic spectroscopy and gas sensing

    Giraud-Carrier, M.; Hill, C.; Decker, T.; Black, J. A.; Schmidt, H.; Hawkins, A.

    2016-03-01

    A hollow-core waveguide structure for on-chip atomic spectroscopy is presented. The devices are based on Anti-Resonant Reflecting Optical Waveguides and may be used for a wide variety of applications which rely on the interaction of light with gases and vapors. The designs presented here feature short delivery paths of the atomic vapor into the hollow waveguide. They also have excellent environmental stability by incorporating buried solid-core waveguides to deliver light to the hollow cores. Completed chips were packaged with an Rb source and the F = 3 ≥ F' = 2, 3, 4 transitions of the D2 line in 85Rb were monitored for optical absorption. Maximum absorption peak depths of 9% were measured.

  6. Integrated diffractive optical mode converter for fiber-to-waveguide coupling

    Lu, Si; Yan, Ying-Bai; Yi, De-Er; Jin, Guo-Fan; Wu, Min-Xian

    2003-07-01

    An integrated diffractive optical mode converter, which can be integrated into planar lightwave circuits (PLCs), consisting of a diffractive optical element (DOE) and a slab waveguide is presented for fiber-to-waveguide coupling. The DOE is designed using iterative phase retrieval algorithm. In the iterative algorithm, we introduce a new modification of far-field amplitude constraint to provide very high mode conversion quality. Compared with previously published mode converters, the scheme is more universal because it is applicable for any waveguide structure. In simulation, coupling losses lower than 0.12 dB have been reached for all the discussed waveguides. The converter is shown to be polarization-insensitive and applicable in multi-wavelength PLCs. And the tolerance on axis misalignment has been investigated.

  7. Single-Mode Optical Waveguides on Native High-Refractive-Index Substrates

    Grote, Richard R

    2016-01-01

    High-refractive-index semiconductor optical waveguides form the basis for modern photonic integrated circuits (PICs) , but the conventional methods of achieving optical confinement require a thick lower-refractive-index support layer that impedes large-scale co-integration with electronics. To address this challenge, we present a general architecture for single-mode waveguides that confine light in a high-refractive-index material on a native substrate. Our waveguide consists of a high-aspect-ratio fin of the guiding material surrounded by lower-refractive-index dielectrics and is compatible with standard top-down fabrication techniques. The proposed waveguide geometry removes the need for a buried-oxide-layer in silicon photonics, as well as the InGaAsP layer in InP-based PICs and will allow for photonic integration on emerging material platforms such as diamond and SiC.

  8. High-Index Contrast Silicon Rich Silicon Nitride Optical Waveguides and Devices

    Philipp, Hugh Taylor

    2004-01-01

    This research focused on the realization of high-density integrated optical devices made with high-index contrast waveguides. The material platform used for to develop these devices was modeled after standard silicon on silicon technology. The high-index waveguide core material was silicon rich...... silicon nitride. This provided a sharp contrast with silica and made low-loss waveguide bending radii less than 25mm possible. An immediate consequence of such small bending radii is the ability to make practical ring resonator based devices with a large free spectral range. Several ring resonator based...

  9. Three-dimensional negative index of refraction at optical frequencies by coupling plasmonic waveguides.

    Verhagen, Ewold; de Waele, René; Kuipers, L; Polman, Albert

    2010-11-26

    We identify a route towards achieving a negative index of refraction at optical frequencies based on coupling between plasmonic waveguides that support backwards waves. We show how modal symmetry can be exploited in metal-dielectric waveguide pairs to achieve negative refraction of both phase and energy. Control of waveguide coupling yields a metamaterial consisting of a one-dimensional multilayer stack that exhibits an isotropic index of -1 at a free-space wavelength of 400 nm. The concepts developed here may inspire new low-loss metamaterial designs operating close to the metal plasma frequency. PMID:21231386

  10. Three-dimensional negative index of refraction at optical frequencies by coupling plasmonic waveguides

    Verhagen, Ewold; L.,; Kuipers,; Polman, Albert

    2010-01-01

    We identify a route towards achieving a negative index of refraction at optical frequencies based on coupling between plasmonic waveguides that support backwards waves. We show how modal symmetry can be exploited in metal-dielectric waveguide pairs to achieve negative refraction of both phase and energy. By properly controlling coupling between adjacent waveguides, a metamaterial consisting of a one-dimensional multilayer stack exhibiting an isotropic index of -1 can be achieved at a free-space wavelength of 400 nm. The general concepts developed here may inspire new low-loss metamaterial designs operating close to the metal plasma frequency.

  11. Three-Dimensional Negative Index of Refraction at Optical Frequencies by Coupling Plasmonic Waveguides

    Verhagen, Ewold; de Waele, René; Kuipers, L.; Polman, Albert

    2010-11-01

    We identify a route towards achieving a negative index of refraction at optical frequencies based on coupling between plasmonic waveguides that support backwards waves. We show how modal symmetry can be exploited in metal-dielectric waveguide pairs to achieve negative refraction of both phase and energy. Control of waveguide coupling yields a metamaterial consisting of a one-dimensional multilayer stack that exhibits an isotropic index of -1 at a free-space wavelength of 400 nm. The concepts developed here may inspire new low-loss metamaterial designs operating close to the metal plasma frequency.

  12. Acrylic and metal based Y-branch plastic optical fiber splitter with optical NOA63 polymer waveguide taper region

    Ehsan, Abang Annuar; Shaari, Sahbudin; Rahman, Mohd Kamil Abd.

    2011-01-01

    We proposed a simple low-cost acrylic and metal-based Y-branch plastic optical fiber (POF) splitter which utilizes a low cost optical polymer glue NOA63 as the main waveguiding medium at the waveguide taper region. The device is composed of three sections: an input POF waveguide, a middle waveguide taper region and output POF waveguides. A desktop high speed CNC engraver is utilized to produce the mold inserts used for the optical devices. Short POF fibers are inserted into the engraved slots at the input and output ports. UV curable optical polymer glue NOA63 is injected into the waveguide taper region and cured. The assembling is completed when the top plate is positioned to enclose the device structure and connecting screws are secured. Both POF splitters have an average insertion loss of 7.8 dB, coupling ratio of 55: 45 and 57: 43 for the acrylic and metal-based splitters respectively. The devices have excess loss of 4.82 and 4.73 dB for the acrylic and metal-based splitters respectively.

  13. Advanced waveguides for high power optical fibre sources

    Soh, Daniel Beom Soo

    2005-01-01

    This thesis reports on theoretical and experimental studies of wavelength-selective waveguide structures for high-power Nd3+- and Yb3+-doped fibre lasers. Cladding-pumped high-power fibre lasers based on these novel waveguide designs and operating at desired unconventional wavelengths were investigated through numerical simulations and fibre laser experiments. Rare earth doped fibres have typically multiple emission bands of different effective strengths. Stimulate emission from strong ba...

  14. Temperature-indepoendent narrow-band optical filter by an athermal waveguide

    Kokubun, Yasuo; Yoneda, Shigeru; Tanaka, Hiroaki

    1997-01-01

    The temperature dependence of the central wavelength of narrow-band filters is a serious problem for the dense WDM systems. In this study, we realized a temperature independent narrow-band filter at 1.3μm wavelength. First, we designed an athermal waveguide in which optical path length is independent of temperature by using a finite element method. Using this athermal waveguide, we designed and fabricated a ring resonator. As a result, we successfully decreased the temperature coefficient of ...

  15. Low birefringent magneto-optical waveguides fabricated via organic-inorganic sol-gel process

    Choueikani, F.; ROYER,F; Douadi, S.; Skora, A.; Jamon, D.; Blanc, D.; Siblini, A.

    2009-01-01

    Abstract This paper is devoted to the study and the characterization of novel magneto-optical waveguides prepared via organic-inorganic sol-gel process. Thin silica/zirconia films doped with magnetic nanoparticles were coated on glass substrate using dip-coating technique. After annealing, samples were UV-treated. Two different techniques were used to measure their properties: m-lines spectroscopy and free space ellipsometry. Results evidence low refractive index waveguides that co...

  16. Enabling transistor-like action in photonic crystal waveguides using optical event horizons.

    Kanakis, Panagiotis; Kamalakis, Thomas

    2016-04-01

    We show that dispersion and loss-engineered photonic crystal waveguides can support optical event horizons enabling the manipulation of a strong soliton pulse by a weaker control pulse within a 3 mm waveguide. Depending on the launching frequency of the weak control pulse, both blue and red soliton shifts are observed, while the soliton appears to be delayed by several pulse widths. PMID:27192239

  17. Pulsed laser deposition of Ga-La-S chalcogenide glass thin film optical waveguides

    Youden, K.E.; Grevatt, T.; Eason, R. W.; Rutt, H.N.; Deol, R.S.; Wylangowski, G.

    1993-01-01

    Thin film optical waveguides of the chalcogenide glass Ga-La-S have been deposited on substrates of CaF2 and microscope glass by the technique of pulsed laser deposition. The chalcogenide properties of photobleaching, photodoping, and photoinduced refractive index changes have been observed and preliminary experiments carried out. The refractive index and thickness of the layer were verified using a waveguide "dark mode" analysis technique.

  18. Formation of nonlinear optical waveguides by using ion-exchange and implantation techniques

    Arnold, G. W.; de Marchi, G.; Gonella, F.; Mazzoldi, P.; Quaranta, A.; Battaglin, G.; Catalano, M.; Garrido, F.; Haglund, R. F., Jr.

    1996-08-01

    Composite materials consisting of metal nanoclusters embedded in glass matrices have been obtained by the combined use of ion-exchange and ion implantation processes, with possible application in the design of nonlinear all-optical switching devices. Optical waveguides containing either silver or copper clusters have been fabricated. Optical absorption and electron microscopy have been performed to detect the presence of metal clusters. Preliminary measurements have been also performed of the optical nonlinear response on both silver- and copper-containing glasses.

  19. Femtosecond laser microfabrication of optical waveguides in commercial microfluidic lab-on-a-chip

    Osellame, R.; Martinez-Vazquez, R.; Ramponi, R.; Cerullo, G.; Dongre, C.; Dekker, R.; Hoekstra, H.J.W.M.; Pollnau, M.

    2008-01-01

    One of the main challenges of lab-on-a-chip technology is the on-chip integration of photonic functionalities by manufacturing optical waveguides for sensing biomolecules flowing in the microchannels. Such integrated approach has many advantages over traditional free-space optical sensing, such as c

  20. RBS and ERD characterization of SiON films for optical waveguide applications

    Silicon-based thin films on silicon substrates are interesting materials for the fabrication of passive and active channel waveguides since they are compatible with silica fibers used in telecommunications. They enable hybrid or monolithic integration with other active optoelectronic devices as well. Electron cyclotron resonance (ECR) plasma sources are used for plasma enhanced chemical vapour deposition (PECVD) of silicon oxynitride thin films. Unfortunately, films deposited using silane (SiH4) with ammonia (NH3) or deuteronammonia (ND) as nitrogen precursors, suffer from a too high absorption in the most interesting wavelength range for optical communication, 1.3-1.55 μm, due to the incorporation of H in the film. In this work the content of Si, O, N and H in waveguides with the structure Si/SiO2/SiON/SiO2, made by means of ECR-PECVD, has been determined with high accuracy using IBA techniques with the 5 MV tandem accelerator at CMAM. Specifically, 2 MeV He RBS and 35 MeV Si ERDA measurements, complemented with simultaneous RBS and ERDA measurements with 2.87 MeV He ions, have provided a detailed and reliable determination of the composition profile of the films

  1. Advantages of UV210 polymer for integrated optics applications: comparison of ridge and photoinscripted strip waveguide performances

    Gouldieff, C.; Huby, N.; Bêche, B.

    2015-12-01

    We report on the propagation performance comparison of two waveguide structures obtained from the same UV210 photoresist. Ridge waveguide structures were fabricated by deep ultraviolet photolithography, and photoinscripted strip waveguides were realized by the same process, excluding the last development step. Structural and optical studies were carried out for both waveguide families, highlighting a well-controlled photolithography process. Predictions of the propagating modes were also led using the beam propagation method, showing a good agreement with experiments in single-mode propagation. Propagation losses were evaluated at 635 nm by cut-back measurement, showing mean loss values that are slightly lower for photoinscripted waveguides than for ridge waveguides. UV210 photoinscripted waveguides thus combine a fast and low-cost process, reduced optical losses, and a planar surface with as many advantages for more complex integrated components.

  2. ZnO - Wide Bandgap Semiconductor and Possibilities of Its Application in Optical Waveguide Structures

    Struk Przemysław

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available The paper presents the results of investigations concerning the application of zinc oxide - a wideband gap semiconductor in optical planar waveguide structures. ZnO is a promising semiconducting material thanks to its attractive optical properties. The investigations were focused on the determination of the technology of depositions and the annealing of ZnO layers concerning their optical properties. Special attention was paid to the determination of characteristics of the refractive index of ZnO layers and their coefficients of spectral transmission within the UV-VIS-NIR range. Besides that, also the mode characteristics and the attenuation coefficients of light in the obtained waveguide structures have been investigated. In the case of planar waveguides, in which the ZnO layers have not been annealed after their deposition, the values of the attenuation coefficient of light modes amount to a~ 30 dB/cm. The ZnO layers deposited on the heated substrate and annealed by rapid thermal annealing in an N2 and O2 atmosphere, are characterized by much lower values of the attenuation coefficients: a~ 3 dB/cm (TE0 and TM0 modes. The ZnO optical waveguides obtained according to our technology are characterized by the lowest values of the attenuation coefficients a encountered in world literature concerning the problem of optical waveguides based on ZnO. Studies have shown that ZnO layers elaborated by us can be used in integrated optic systems, waveguides, optical modulators and light sources.

  3. Transverse writing of three-dimensional tubular optical waveguides in glass with a slit-shaped femtosecond laser beam

    Liao, Yang; Qi, Jia; Wang, Peng; Chu, Wei; Wang, Zhaohui; Qiao, Lingling; Cheng, Ya

    2016-01-01

    We report on fabrication of tubular optical waveguides buried in ZBLAN glass based on transverse femtosecond laser direct writing. Irradiation in ZBLAN with focused femtosecond laser pulses leads to decrease of refractive index in the modified region. Tubular optical waveguides of variable mode areas are fabricated by forming the four sides of the cladding with slit-shaped femtosecond laser pulses, ensuring single mode waveguiding with a mode field dimension as small as ~4 μm. PMID:27346285

  4. Detection of avian influenza antigens in proximity fiber, droplet, and optical waveguide microfluidics

    Yoon, Jeong-Yeol; Heinze, Brian C.; Gamboa, Jessica; You, David J.

    2009-05-01

    Virus antigens of avian influenza subtype H3N2 were detected on two different microfluidic platforms: microchannel and droplet. Latex immunoagglutination assays were performed using 920-nm highly carboxylated polystyrene beads that are conjugated with antibody to avian influenza virus. The bead suspension was merged with the solutions of avian influenza virus antigens in a Y-junction of a microchannel made by polydimethylsiloxane soft lithography. The resulting latex immunoagglutinations were measured with two optical fibers in proximity setup to detect 45° forward light scattering. Alternatively, 10 μL droplets of a bead suspension and an antigen solution were merged on a superhydrophobic surface (water contact angle = 155°), whose movement was guided by a metal wire, and 180° back light scattering is measured with a backscattering optical probe. Detection limits were 0.1 pg mL-1 for both microchannel with proximity fibers and droplet microfluidics, thanks to the use of micro-positioning stages to help generate reproducible optical signals. Additionally, optical waveguide was tested by constructing optical waveguide channels (filled with mineral oil) within a microfluidic device to detect the same light scattering. Detection limit was 0.1 ng mL-1 for an optical waveguide device, with a strong potential of improvement in the near future. The use of optical waveguide enabled smaller device setup, easier operation, smaller standard deviations and broader linear range of assay than proximity fiber microchannel and droplet microfluidics. Total assay time was less than 10 min.

  5. Slow-light-enhanced gain in active photonic crystal waveguides

    Ek, Sara; Hansen, Per Lunnemann; Chen, Yaohui;

    2014-01-01

    , which would have interesting application prospects, for example enabling ultra-compact optical amplifiers for integration in photonic chips. Here we experi- mentally investigate the gain of a photonic crystal membrane structure with embedded quantum wells. We find that by solely changing the photonic...... crystal structural parameters, the maximum value of the gain coefficient can be increased compared with a ridge waveguide structure and at the same time the spectral position of the peak gain be controlled. The experimental results are in qualitative agreement with theory and show that gain values similar...

  6. Optical waveguides fabricated by nitrogen ion implantation in fused silica

    Liu, Chun-Xiao; Fu, Li-Li; Zheng, Rui-Lin; Guo, Hai-Tao; Zhou, Zhi-Guang; Li, Wei-Nan; Lin, She-Bao; Wei, Wei

    2016-02-01

    We report on the fabrication of waveguides in fused silica using 4.5-MeV nitrogen ion implantation with a fluence of 5.0×1014 ions/cm2. The prism-coupling method was employed to measure the effective refractive indices of guiding modes at the wavelengths of 632.8 and 1539 nm. The effective refractive indices of the first few modes were higher than that of the substrate. The refractive index profiles at 632.8 and 1539 nm were reconstructed by the reflectivity calculation method. Positive index changes were induced in the waveguide layers. The end-face coupling method was used to measure the near-field light intensity distributions at the wavelength of 632.8 nm and the finite-difference beam propagation method was applied to simulate the guided mode profile at the wavelength of 1539 nm. The waveguide structures emerge as candidates for integrated photonic devices.

  7. Experimental verification of optical models of graphene with multimode slab waveguides.

    Chang, Zeshan; Chiang, Kin Seng

    2016-05-01

    We compare three optical models of graphene, namely, the interface model, the isotropic model, and the anisotropic model, and verify them experimentally with two multimode slab waveguide samples operating at the wavelengths of 632.8 and 1536 nm. By comparing the calculated graphene-induced losses and the measurement data, we confirm that the interface model and the anisotropic model give correct results for both the transverse electric (TE) and transverse magnetic modes, while the isotropic model gives correct results only for the TE modes. With the experimental data, we also quantitatively verify the widely used expression for the surface conductivity of graphene in the optical regime. Our findings clarify the issue of modeling graphene in the analysis of graphene-incorporated waveguides and offer deeper insight into the optical properties of graphene for waveguide applications. PMID:27128091

  8. Symbolic-computation study of bright solitons in the optical waveguides and Bose-Einstein condensates

    Wang, Yun-Po; Tian, Bo; Wang, Yu-Feng; Huang, Zhi-Ruo; Sun, Ya; Cai, Hui-Ping

    2015-06-01

    We investigate solitons in optical waveguides and Bose-Einstein condensates (BECs) governed by a (3+1)-dimensional Gross-Pitaevskii system, which describes the propagation of electromagnetic waves in the optical waveguides and ground-state wave functions of the BECs. We use the symbolic computation and Hirota method to derive analytic bright one- and two-soliton solutions under certain conditions. Soliton amplitude/width amplification and the influence of time-modulated dispersion on the bright-soliton shape are studied via graphic analysis. Through the analysis of bright solitons in optical waveguides and BECs, we find that both the amplitude and the width of bright solitons can become larger during propagation with certain choices of time-modulated dispersion, and that the shape of the bright soliton can also be affected by the time-modulated dispersion; when the time-modulated dispersion is different, we can obtain bright parabolic-like and periodic-type solitons.

  9. Direct optical measurement of light coupling into planar waveguide by plasmonic nanoparticles

    Pennanen, Antti M; 10.1364/OE.21.000A23

    2012-01-01

    Coupling of light into a thin layer of high refractive index material by plasmonic nanoparticles has been widely studied for application in photovoltaic devices, such as thin-film solar cells. In numerous studies this coupling has been investigated through measurement of e.g. quantum efficiency or photocurrent enhancement. Here we present a direct optical measurement of light coupling into a waveguide by plasmonic nanoparticles. We investigate the coupling efficiency into the guided modes within the waveguide by illuminating the surface of a sample, consisting of a glass slide coated with a high refractive index planar waveguide and plasmonic nanoparticles, while directly measuring the intensity of the light emitted out of the waveguide edge. These experiments were complemented by transmittance and reflectance measurements. We show that the light coupling is strongly affected by thin-film interference, localized surface plasmon resonances of the nanoparticles and the illumination direction (front or rear).

  10. Nonlinear photonic crystal waveguide structures based on barium titanate thin films and their optical properties

    Liu, Zhifu; Lin, Pao-Tai; Wessels, Bruce W.; Yi, Fei; Ho, Seng-Tiong

    2007-05-01

    Nonlinear photonic crystal waveguide structures were fabricated from barium titanate thin films using nanolithography. A cascaded Bragg reflector using a strip waveguide was designed and analyzed. Both simulation and experimental results show that there is sufficient refractive index contrast to form a stop band by only etching through the Si3N4 strip layer. The band gap of the Bragg reflector can be engineered through control of the Bragg spacing, thickness, and etching depth of the strip layer. The transmission spectrum of the Bragg reflector waveguide was measured over the spectral range of 1500-1580nm. A 27nm wide stop band was obtained for a millimeter long sample. The nonlinear photonic crystal waveguides are potentially suitable as tunable filters, optical switches, and ultrawide bandwidth modulators.

  11. Fabrication and optical characterization of long-range surface-plasmon-polariton waveguides in the NIR

    Weber, Markus; Boehm, Florian; Fischer, Peter; Kraus, Marion; Tashima, Toshiyuki; Liebermeister, Lars; Altpeter, Philipp; Weinfurter, Harald

    2016-01-01

    We experimentally demonstrate the propagation of long-range surface plasmon-polaritons in a nobel metal stripe waveguide at an optical wavelength of 780 nm. To minimize propagation damping the lithographically structured waveguide is produced from a thin gold stripe embedded in a dielectric polymer. Our waveguide geometry supports a symmetric fundamental and anti-symmetric first order mode. For the fundamental mode we measure a propagation loss of $(6.12^{+0.66} _{-0.54})$ dB/mm, in good agreement with numerical simulations using a vectorial eigenmode solver. Our results are a promising starting point for coupling fluorescence of individual solid state quantum emitters to integrated plasmonic waveguide structures.

  12. Scaling analysis of transverse Anderson localization in a disordered optical waveguide

    Abaie, Behnam

    2016-01-01

    The intention of this manuscript is twofold. First, the mode-width probability density function (PDF) is introduced as a powerful statistical tool to study and compare the transverse Anderson localization properties of a disordered one dimensional optical waveguide. Second, by analyzing the scaling properties of the mode-width PDF with the transverse size of the waveguide, it is shown that the mode-width PDF gradually converges to a terminal configuration. Therefore, it may not be necessary to study a real-sized disordered structure in order to obtain its statistical localization properties and the same PDF can be obtained for a substantially smaller structure. This observation is important because it can reduce the often demanding computational effort that is required to study the statistical properties of Anderson localization in disordered waveguides. Using the mode-width PDF, substantial information about the impact of the waveguide parameters on its localization properties is extracted. This information ...

  13. F2-laser writing of silica optical waveguides in silicone rubber

    Okoshi, Masayuki; Li, Jianzhao; Herman, Peter R.

    2005-04-01

    F2-laser writing of silica (SiO2) optical waveguides has been successfully demonstrated on the surface of silicone [(SiO(CH3)2)n] rubber by the photochemical modification of silicone into silica. The 2-mm-thick silicone rubber was exposed to the 157-nm F2-laser beam through a thin (~0.2 mm) air layer. A proximity Cr-on-CaF2 photomask with 8- to 16-micron-wide slits controlled the exposure size to define the width of the silica waveguide. Optimum laser conditions to generate crack-free waveguides with good transparency were found by varying the laser fluence, pulse repetition rate and total exposure. The optimized waveguides were found to guide both red (~635-nm) and infrared (~1550-nm) wavelengths with light end-fired from standard single-mode fiber.

  14. Optical channel waveguides in $KY(WO_4)_2:Yb^{3+}$

    Borca, C.N.; Romanyuk, Y.E.; Gardillou, F.; Pollnau, M.; Bernal, M.P.; Moretti, P.

    2006-01-01

    First channel waveguide emission from Yb-doped $KY(WO_4)_2$ has been demonstrated. Two different methods have been used to fabricate micron-size active-guiding structures, namely reactive ion etching and ion implantation.

  15. Exceptional points and asymmetric mode conversion in quasi-guided dual-mode optical waveguides.

    Ghosh, S N; Chong, Y D

    2016-01-01

    Non-Hermitian systems host unconventional physical effects that be used to design new optical devices. We study a non-Hermitian system consisting of 1D planar optical waveguides with suitable amount of simultaneous gain and loss. The parameter space contains an exceptional point, which can be accessed by varying the transverse gain and loss profile. When light propagates through the waveguide structure, the output mode is independent of the choice of input mode. This "asymmetric mode conversion" phenomenon can be explained by the swapping of mode identities in the vicinity of the exceptional point, together with the failure of adiabatic evolution in non-Hermitian systems. PMID:27101933

  16. Exceptional points and asymmetric mode conversion in quasi-guided dual-mode optical waveguides

    Ghosh, S. N.; Chong, Y. D.

    2016-04-01

    Non-Hermitian systems host unconventional physical effects that be used to design new optical devices. We study a non-Hermitian system consisting of 1D planar optical waveguides with suitable amount of simultaneous gain and loss. The parameter space contains an exceptional point, which can be accessed by varying the transverse gain and loss profile. When light propagates through the waveguide structure, the output mode is independent of the choice of input mode. This “asymmetric mode conversion” phenomenon can be explained by the swapping of mode identities in the vicinity of the exceptional point, together with the failure of adiabatic evolution in non-Hermitian systems.

  17. Planar optical waveguides fabricated by Ag+/K+-Na+ ion exchange in soda lime glass

    Marzuki, Ahmad; Gregorius, Seran Daton; Widhianingsih, Ika; Lestari, Siti; Suryawan, Joko

    2015-12-01

    This paper reports the optical properties of the optical planar waveguides in a soda lime glass fabricated by ion exchange. Planar waveguide fabrication was carried out by immersing the soda lime glass in molten 100 % AgNO3 bath for different duration (ranging from 15 minutes to 735 minutes) and at temperature of 280°C. The results show that the surface refractive index values of the ion exchanged glasses are independent of both the ion exchange duration and temperature. The number of modes and the effective diffusion depth, however, increase with increasing the duration of ion exchange process.

  18. Channel optical waveguides in various silicate glasses-optimalization of their parameters

    Salavcová, Linda; Ondráček, František; Špirková, J.; Míka, M.

    [ Darwin ] : [ Charles Darwin University], 2006. P49--. [ICOOPMA2006 - International Conference on Optical and Optoelectronic Properties of Materials and Applications /1./. 15.07.2006-22.07.2006, Darwin ] R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GA102/05/0987; GA ČR(CZ) GA106/05/0706 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20670512 Keywords : ion exchange * optical waveguides * optical measurement Subject RIV: JA - Electronics ; Optoelectronics, Electrical Engineering

  19. Direct write fabrication of waveguides and interconnects for optical printed wiring boards

    Dingeldein, Joseph C.

    Current copper based circuit technology is becoming a limiting factor in high speed data transfer applications as processors are improving at a faster rate than are developments to increase on board data transfer. One solution is to utilize optical waveguide technology to overcome these bandwidth and loss restrictions. The use of this technology virtually eliminates the heat and cross-talk loss seen in copper circuitry, while also operating at a higher bandwidth. Transitioning current fabrication techniques from small scale laboratory environments to large scale manufacturing presents significant challenges. Optical-to-electrical connections and out-of-plane coupling are significant hurdles in the advancement of optical interconnects. The main goals of this research are the development of direct write material deposition and patterning tools for the fabrication of waveguide systems on large substrates, and the development of out-of-plane coupler components compatible with standard fiber optic cabling. Combining these elements with standard printed circuit boards allows for the fabrication of fully functional optical-electrical-printed-wiring-boards (OEPWBs). A direct dispense tool was designed, assembled, and characterized for the repeatable dispensing of blanket waveguide layers over a range of thicknesses (25-225 μm), eliminating waste material and affording the ability to utilize large substrates. This tool was used to directly dispense multimode waveguide cores which required no UV definition or development. These cores had circular cross sections and were comparable in optical performance to lithographically fabricated square waveguides. Laser direct writing is a non-contact process that allows for the dynamic UV patterning of waveguide material on large substrates, eliminating the need for high resolution masks. A laser direct write tool was designed, assembled, and characterized for direct write patterning waveguides that were comparable in quality to those

  20. Nano-optical imaging of WS e2 waveguide modes revealing light-exciton interactions

    Fei, Z.; Scott, M. E.; Gosztola, D. J.; Foley, J. J.; Yan, J.; Mandrus, D. G.; Wen, H.; Zhou, P.; Zhang, D. W.; Sun, Y.; Guest, J. R.; Gray, S. K.; Bao, W.; Wiederrecht, G. P.; Xu, X.

    2016-08-01

    We report on a nano-optical imaging study of WS e2 thin flakes with scanning near-field optical microscopy (NSOM). The NSOM technique allows us to visualize in real space various waveguide photon modes inside WS e2 . By tuning the excitation laser energy, we are able to map the entire dispersion of these waveguide modes both above and below the A exciton energy of WS e2 . We found that all the modes interact strongly with WS e2 excitons. The outcome of the interaction is that the observed waveguide modes shift to higher momenta right below the A exciton energy. At higher energies, on the other hand, these modes are strongly damped due to adjacent B excitons or band-edge absorptions. The mode-shifting phenomena are consistent with polariton formation in WS e2 .

  1. A simple model for fibre optics: planar dielectric waveguides in rotation

    Perez-Ocon, F [Departamento de Optica, Universidad de Granada, 18071 Granada (Spain); Pena, A [Valeo Iluminacion, 23600 Martos, Jaen (Spain); Jimenez, J R [Departamento de Optica, Universidad de Granada, 18071 Granada (Spain); Diaz, J A [Departamento de Optica, Universidad de Granada, 18071 Granada (Spain)

    2006-05-01

    In planar dielectric waveguides, there is only one type of propagated ray: the one that crosses the waveguide axis after each total internal reflection. According to the model of geometrical optics, there are two types of guided ray in fibre optics: meridional and skew. Each one is formulated by a suitable mathematical treatment. In this work, we demonstrate that the complex mathematical treatment for the skew rays can be avoided by considering a planar waveguide (with the same refractive index profile as the fibre and thickness equal to its diameter) that rotates around the direction of the axis with angular velocity {omega}. A section of this fibre is inscribed in the hypothetical slab. This model has been successfully introduced to students of engineering and physics.

  2. 157 nm F2-laser writing of silica optical waveguides in silicone rubber.

    Okoshi, Masayuki; Li, Jianzhao; Herman, Peter R

    2005-10-15

    Silica (SiO2) optical waveguides have been fabricated on the surface of silicone [(SiO(CH3)2)n] rubber by photochemical modification of silicone rubber into silica with 157 nm F2-laser radiation. The 2 mm thick silicone was exposed through a thin (approximately 0.2 mm) air layer to generate oxygen radicals that chemically assisted in the silica transformation. Silica waveguides were defined in 8-16 microm wide exposure strips by a proximity Cr-on-CaF2 photomask. Optimum laser processing conditions are presented for generating crack-free waveguides with good optical transparency at red (635 nm) and infrared (1550 nm) wavelengths. A propagation loss of approximately 6 dB/cm is reported at the 1550 nm wavelength. PMID:16252756

  3. Low loss Si(3)N(4)-SiO(2) optical waveguides on Si.

    Henry, C H; Kazarinov, R F; Lee, H J; Orlowsky, K J; Katz, L E

    1987-07-01

    We have developed an optical integrated circuit waveguide technology based on conventional Si processing. We demonstrate waveguide losses of <0.3 dB/cm in the 1.3-1.6-microm wavelength range. We use a high refractive-index core of Si(3)N(4) surrounded by SiO(2) cladding layers, which provides a highly confined optical mode adequate for butt coupling to channel substrate buried heterostructure lasers. We report the first IR transmission experiments in these waveguides and find two absorption peaks associated with H in SiO(2) and Si(3)N(4) layers at 1.40 and 1.52 microm, respectively. The peak absorptions are 2.2 and 1.2 dB/cm, respectively, and these peaks can be largely removed by annealing at 1100-1200 degrees C. PMID:20489931

  4. 157 nm F2-laser writing of silica optical waveguides in silicone rubber

    Okoshi, Masayuki; Li, Jianzhao; Herman, Peter R.

    2005-10-01

    Silica (SiO2) optical waveguides have been fabricated on the surface of silicone [(SiO(CH3)2)n] rubber by photochemical modification of silicone rubber into silica with 157 nmF2-laser radiation. The 2 mm thick silicone was exposed through a thin (˜0.2 mm) air layer to generate oxygen radicals that chemically assisted in the silica transformation. Silica waveguides were defined in 8-16 µm wide exposure strips by a proximity Cr-on-CaF2 photomask. Optimum laser processing conditions are presented for generating crack-free waveguides with good optical transparency at red (635 nm) and infrared (1550 nm) wavelengths. A propagation loss of ˜6 dB/cm is reported at the 1550 nm wavelength.

  5. Gratings in passive and active optical waveguides

    Berendt, Martin Ole

    1999-01-01

    mode coupling has been developed. The model can predict the spectral location and size of coupling, for various fiber designs. By the aid of this modeling tool, a fiber has been optimized to give low cladding-mode losses. The optimized fiber has been produced and the predicted reduction of cladding...

  6. Optical biosensing transducer based on silicon waveguide structure coated with polyelectrolyte nano layers

    Haron, Saharudin; Nabok, Alexey V.; Ray, Asim K.

    2003-04-01

    An optical biosensor based on attenuation of the light intensity during multiple reflections in a planar waveguide has been developed for water pollution monitoring. The planar waveguide consists of a 190 nanometer thick silicon nitride (Si3N4) core layer sandwiched between 1.5 micrometer thick silicon dioxide (SiO2) cladding layers. Composite polyelectrolyte self-assembled membranes containing Cyclotetrachromotropylene (CTCT) as an indicator and enzymes, such as Urease or Acetylcholine Esterase (AChE) were deposited on top of silicon nitride core layer within a 4 × 6 mm sensing window. Experimental studies on the light propagation through the planar waveguide show the advantages of this method over conventional UV-visible absorption spectroscopy. It was found that the planar waveguide sensitivity is higher by several orders of magnitude than that for UV-visible absorption spectroscopy. The respective enzyme reactions as well as their inhibition by heavy metal ions were studied by monitoring the light intensity in the planar waveguide. Cadmium (Cd2+) and lead (Pb2+) ions were registered in very low concentrations down to 1 ppb with the planar waveguide transducer. The enzymes used were inhibited differently by the above pollutants, which is promising for the development of enzyme sensor arrays.

  7. Dispersion and optical gradient force from high-order mode coupling between two hyperbolic metamaterial waveguides

    Wang, Guanghui; Zhang, Weifeng; Lu, Jiahui; Zhao, Huijun

    2016-08-01

    We analytically study dispersion properties and optical gradient forces of different-order transverse magnetic (TM) modes in two coupled hyperbolic metamaterial waveguides (HMMWs). According to Maxwell's equations, we obtain the dispersion relation of symmetric and antisymmetric modes, and calculate optical gradient forces of different-order modes by using Maxwell stress tensor. Numerical results show that the dispersion properties are dependent on the filling ratio, and the optical gradient forces of high-order TM modes are larger than the fundamental mode when the gap between two HMMWs is very narrow, but they weaken much faster than the case of low-order TM modes with the gap width increasing. In addition, the effects of the dielectric surrounding of waveguides on the coupling effect and optical gradient force are clarified. These properties offer an avenue for various optomechanical applications in optical sensors and actuators.

  8. Active and passive silica waveguide integration

    Hübner, Jörg; Guldberg-Kjær, Søren Andreas

    2001-01-01

    circuits in existing and future networks without affecting the power budget of the system. Silica on silicon technology offers a unique possibility to selectively dope sections of the integrated circuit with erbium where amplification is desired. Some techniques for active/passive integration are reviewed...... and a silica on silicon based approach is discussed in more detail....

  9. Enhanced performance of graphene-based electro-absorption waveguide modulators by engineered optical modes

    Electro-absorption modulators based on electrically contacted double-layer graphene optimally incorporated in plasmonic and photonic waveguide configurations were simulated and analyzed in terms of the device performance at telecom wavelengths. It is shown that increasing the mode electric field strength on the graphene layers enhances absorption of graphene and, in consequence, improves the electro-optic performances. The ratio of the change in extinction ratio and the waveguide loss (Δα/α) is used as a figure of merit. A plasmonic waveguide configuration with a silicon ridge has a simulated 3 dB modulation depth for a device length of ∼140 nm and Δα/α ∼ 20. The calculated energy consumption per bit is as low as ∼240 aJ bit−1 and ∼1.8 aJ bit−1 for plasmonic modulators with polymer and silicon ridge waveguides respectively. Much higher figures of merit were obtained for modulators based on photonic waveguides with Δα/α exceeding 220 for a waveguide with a TM-supported mode. This comes at the cost of the modulator length, which increases to over 500 nm, and the calculated energy per bit of 1.93 fJ bit−1 for polymer and ∼10.3 aJ bit−1 for silicon waveguides. The photonic waveguides were designed to support both TM and TE modes. The TE mode requires a much longer modulation length of ∼10 µm to achieve a 3 dB modulation depth and shows a lower figure of merit of ∼12 compared to the TM mode, but has a low energy per bit of ∼44.0 aJ bit−1. The TE mode is in the OFF state at low applied voltage. (paper)

  10. Compact integrated optical isolation based on extraordinary dichroic transmission through a magnetoplasmonic waveguide grating

    Vanwolleghem, Mathias; Magdenko, Liubov; Beauvillain, Pierre; Dagens, Béatrice

    2010-05-01

    Using rigorous magneto-optical waveguide modelling, we have calculated the dichroic transmission of the fundamental TM waveguide mode through a magnetoplasmonic waveguide grating. The ferromagnetic metallic grating material is a CoFe alloy that is magnetized parallel to the grating. When deposited on top of a standard III-V waveguide with a thin top cladding layer and thus placed in the evanescent tail of the guided TM ground mode, it induces both plasmonic and magneto-optic effects in the transmission of this waveguide grating. Due to the direction of the magnetization - perpendicular to the light propagation and parallel to the waveguide layer interfaces - the integrated transverse magnetooptic Kerr effect induces non-reciprocal dichroic transmission for the guided TM light. We have numerically studied the TM ground mode dichroism (for a telecom wavelength of 1300nm) as a function of the cladding layer thickness and the grating parameters, namely its duty cycle, period and thickness. This study has revealed that there exist clear grating designs where the dichroic transmission is resonantly enhanced as compared to the case where the ferromagnetic metal is a continuous film. A detailed study of the field maps associated to these points reveals that the guided TM ground mode resonantly couples to a vertical cavity plasmonic resonance in the air slots of the CoFe grating. This behaviour is reminiscent of extraordinary optical transmission but here in an integrated non-reciprocal version. We have previously reported experimentally strong integrated and forward transparent optical isolation based on this TM dichroism but using a continuous film [1,2]. The present design study indicates that the extraordinary magnetoplasmonic effects taking place in a properly designed CoFe grating improves the performance of this device by at least a factor 4.

  11. Athermal narrow-band optical filter at 1.55μm wavelength by silica-based athermal waveguide

    Kokubun, Yasuo; Yoneda, Shigeru; Matsuura, Shinnosuke

    1998-01-01

    The temperature dependence of central wavelength of optical filters is a serious problem for the dense WDM systems. This dependence is owing to the temperature dependence of optical path-length of the waveguide. In this study, we realized a temperature independent silica-based optical filter at 1.55μm wavelength using an athermal waveguide, in which optical pathlength is independent of temperature. First, we designed a silica-based athermal waveguide, and next we designed and fabricated a rin...

  12. Development of embedded Mach–Zehnder optical waveguide structures in polydimethylsiloxane thin films by proton beam writing

    A focused 750 keV proton microbeam was used to fabricate an embedded Mach–Zehnder (MZ) optical waveguide in a polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) film for interferometer application. The sample position was precisely controlled by a mechanical stage together with scanning microbeam to form an embedded MZ waveguide structure within an area of 0.3 mm × 40 mm. The MZ waveguides with core size of 8 μm was successfully embedded in PDMS film at a depth of 18 μm by 750 keV proton microbeam with fluences from 10 to 100 nC/mm2. The MZ waveguides were coupled with an IR fiber-laser with a center wavelength of 1550 nm and evaluated by using the transmitted intensity images from an IR vidicon camera. The results indicate that the embedded MZ waveguide structure in PDMS achieved single spot light propagation, which is necessary for building optical switching circuits based on polymer MZ waveguides

  13. Design of a monopole-antenna-based resonant nanocavity for detection of optical power from hybrid plasmonic waveguides.

    Ooi, Kelvin J A; Bai, Ping; Gu, Ming Xia; Ang, Lay Kee

    2011-08-29

    A novel plasmonic waveguide-coupled nanocavity with a monopole antenna is proposed to localize the optical power from a hybrid plasmonic waveguide and subsequently convert it into electrical current. The nanocavity is designed as a Fabry-Pérot waveguide resonator, while the monopole antenna is made of a metallic nanorod directly mounted onto the metallic part of the waveguide terminal which acts as the conducting ground. The nanocavity coincides with the antenna feed sandwiched in between the antenna and the ground. Maximum power from the waveguide can be coupled into, and absorbed in the nanocavity by means of the field resonance in the antenna as well as in the nanocavity. Simulation results show that 42% optical power from the waveguide can be absorbed in a germanium filled nanocavity with a nanoscale volume of 220 × 150 × 60 nm3. The design may find applications in nanoscale photo-detection, subwavelength light focusing and manipulating, as well as sensing. PMID:21935068

  14. Orientation-patterned II-VI semiconductor waveguides for quasi-phasematched nonlinear optics

    Angell, Marilyn Joy

    1999-10-01

    The ability to grow epitaxial layers of II-VI compound semiconductors on GaAs substrates, the transparency of these materials to a broad range of visible wavelengths, and their strong second order susceptibility suggest that these materials should be promising for efficient nonlinear frequency conversion by on-chip integration with III-V pump lasers. This work investigates the use of semiconductor microfabrication techniques to create II-VI waveguides with laterally-patterned crystal orientation for quasi-phasematched second harmonic generation. The fabrication of periodically-patterned / CdTe on GaAs substrates, using epitaxial growth by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition and a lithographic patterning process, is demonstrated. This process is adapted to create ZnTe/ZnSe waveguides with periodic lateral patterning of the crystal orientation. The optical properties of planar waveguides with orientation-patterned ZnTe core layers are characterized. Second harmonic generation is measured, but does not appear to be quasi-phasematched at the test wavelength. High optical losses are observed in the patterned waveguides, and the mechanism of the loss is investigated using X-ray diffractometry, atomic force microscopy, and angle-resolved scatterometry. These measurements suggest that the losses are primarily due to bulk defects in the -oriented material. Waveguide patterning using -oriented anti-phase domains, which have a single axis of crystal growth, is recommended in order to overcome this problem.

  15. Synthesis and characterization of hydrothermally grown zinc oxide (ZnO) nanorods for optical waveguide application

    Pandey, Chandan A.; Rahim, Rafis; Manjunath, S.; Hornyak, Gabor L.; Mohammed, Waleed S.

    2015-07-01

    We report a simple method to synthesize Zinc oxide nanorods, grown without using catalysis with less complicity. This was done by hydrothermal treatment of zinc nitrate and hexamine at 90°C and various times (5- 20h) and also we find that the nanorod size and shape depends on heating rate, temperature and heating time. ZnO nanorods have been investigated for their light guiding ability and their effective index of refraction for use in near air index optical systems by developing a ridge waveguide structure. ZnO nanorod waveguides (100 μm w x 2.5 μm h x 1mm l) were grown on a seeded glass substrate template using hydrothermal process at 90°C. Modification of the substrate surface in order to obtain dense perpendicularly-oriented ordered nanorods induced selective growth. These structures were characterized by SEM, EDX, and XRD. The guiding property, i.e. locally excited photoluminescence propagation along the length of the waveguide, was analyzed with imageprocessing program in MATLAB. Following application of a fiber optic white light source on the ZnO nanostructure, we found that light propagation occurred within the glass substrate. No such propagation occurred if light was applied on uncoated areas of the glass. Modeling of waveguide behavior to determine the number propagating modes was exercised using waveguide mode solver in COMSOL.

  16. Photochemical writing of silica optical waveguides in silicone rubber by F2 laser

    Photochemical writing of silica (SiO2) optical waveguides in silicone [(SiO(CH3)2)n] rubber has been successfully demonstrated by 157-nm F2 laser-induced photochemical modification of silicone into silica. The 2-mm-thick or ∼40- m-thick silicone rubber was exposed to F2 laser through a thin (∼0.2 mm) air layer. A proximity Cr-on-CaF2 photomask with 8- to 16- m-wide slits controlled the exposure size to define the width of the silica waveguides. A laser processing window to generate crack-free waveguides with good optical transparency was found by varying the number laser pulse, pulse repetition rate and single pulse laser fluence. Otherwise, rapid or excess exposure of the F2 laser caused cracking of the silica waveguides. The waveguides were found to guide both red (635-nm) and infrared (1550- nm) wavelength light with propagation loss estimated to be ∼15 and ∼6 dB/cm, respectively. Most of the loss originates in Rayleigh scattering from numerous inclusions originally present in the commercial 2-mm-thick silicone rubber

  17. Photochemical writing of silica optical waveguides in silicone rubber by F2 laser

    Okoshi, M.; Li, J.; Herman, P. R.; Inoue, N.

    2007-04-01

    Photochemical writing of silica (SiO2) optical waveguides in silicone [(SiO(CH3)2)n] rubber has been successfully demonstrated by 157-nm F2 laser-induced photochemical modification of silicone into silica. The 2-mm-thick or ~40- m-thick silicone rubber was exposed to F2 laser through a thin (~0.2 mm) air layer. A proximity Cr-on-CaF2 photomask with 8- to 16- m-wide slits controlled the exposure size to define the width of the silica waveguides. A laser processing window to generate crack-free waveguides with good optical transparency was found by varying the number laser pulse, pulse repetition rate and single pulse laser fluence. Otherwise, rapid or excess exposure of the F2 laser caused cracking of the silica waveguides. The waveguides were found to guide both red (635-nm) and infrared (1550- nm) wavelength light with propagation loss estimated to be ~15 and ~6 dB/cm, respectively. Most of the loss originates in Rayleigh scattering from numerous inclusions originally present in the commercial 2-mm-thick silicone rubber.

  18. Ultrafast Optical Switching Using Photonic Molecules in Photonic Crystal Waveguides

    Zhao, Yanhui; Qiu, Kangsheng; Gao, Yunan; Xu, Xiulai

    2015-01-01

    We study the coupling between photonic molecules and waveguides in photonic crystal slab structures using finite-difference time-domain method and coupled mode theory. In a photonic molecule with two cavities, the coupling of cavity modes results in two super-modes with symmetric and anti-symmetric field distributions. When two super-modes are excited simultaneously, the energy of electric field oscillates between the two cavities. To excite and probe the energy oscillation, we integrate photonic molecule with two photonic crystal waveguides. In coupled structure, we find that the quality factors of two super-modes might be different because of different field distributions of super-modes. After optimizing the radii of air holes between two cavities of photonic molecule, nearly equal quality factors of two super-modes are achieved, and coupling strengths between the waveguide modes and two super-modes are almost the same. In this case, complete energy oscillations between two cavities can be obtained with a p...

  19. Optical waveguide modeling of refractive index mediated pH responses in silica nanocomposite thin film based fiber optic sensors

    Ohodnicki, P. R.; Wang, C.

    2016-02-01

    Recent experiments have demonstrated a pH-dependent optical transmission of silica based nanocomposite thin film enabled evanescent wave absorption spectroscopy based fiber optic sensors in aqueous solutions. Although the response was observed to linearly correlate with the pH-dependent surface charge density of the silica matrix, the responsible mechanism was not fully clarified. In this manuscript, an optical waveguide model is applied to describe observed responses through a modified effective refractive index of the silica matrix layer as a function of the solution phase pH. The refractive index dependence results from a surface charge dependent ionic adsorption, resulting in concentration of ionic species at charged surfaces. The resultant effective index modification to porous silica is estimated through effective medium theories and applied to an optical waveguide model of a multi-mode fiber optic based sensor response capable of reproducing all experimental observations reported to date.

  20. Optical properties of ion beam modified waveguide materials doped with erbium and silver

    Strohhöfer, C. (Christof)

    2002-01-01

    In the first part of this thesis we investigate codoping of erbium-doped waveguide materials with different ions in order to increase the efficiency of erbium-doped optical amplifiers. Codoping with ytterbium can overcome the limitations due to the small absorption cross section of Er3+ in Al2O3 at

  1. Fano resonance in two-dimensional optical waveguide arrays with a bi-modal defect

    Vicencio, R.; Gorbach, A.; Flach, S.

    2005-01-01

    We study the two-dimensional extension of the Fano-Anderson model on the basis of a two-dimensional optical waveguide array with a bi-modal defect. We demonstrate numerically the persistence of the Fano resonance in wavepacket scattering process by the defect. An analytical approximation is derived for the total scattered light power.

  2. Photonic Quantum Computation with Waveguide-Linked Optical Cavities and Quantum Dots

    Yamaguchi, Makoto; Sato, Yoshiya; Noda, Susumu

    2011-01-01

    We propose a new scheme for solid-state photonic quantum computation in which trapped photons in optical cavities are taken as a quantum bit. Quantum gates can be realized by coupling the cavities with quantum dots through waveguides. The proposed scheme allows programmable and deterministic gate operations and the system can be scaled up to many quantum bits.

  3. All-optical broadcast and multicast technologies based on PPLN waveguide

    Ye, Lingyun; Wang, Ju; Hu, Hao;

    2013-01-01

    All-optical 1×4 broadcast and 1×3 multicast experiments of a 40-Gb/s return-to-zero on-off keying (RZ-OOK) signal based on a periodically poled lithium niobate (PPLN) waveguide are demonstrated in this letter. Clear opened eye diagrams and error-free performance are achieved for the broadcast...

  4. Three dimensional fabrication of optical waveguiding elements for on-chip integration

    Parsi Sreenivas, V. V.; Bülters, M.; Schröder, M.; Bergmann, R. B.

    2014-05-01

    We present micro polymer optical waveguide elements fabricated using femtosecond laser and two-photon absorption (TPA) process. The POWs are constructed by tightly focusing a laser beam in SU-8 based resists transparent to the laser wavelength for single-photon absorption. The TPA process enables the patterning of the resist in three dimensions at a resolution of 100-200 nm, which provides a high degree of freedom for POW designs. Using this technology, we provide a novel approach to fabricate Three dimensional Polymer Optical Waveguides (3D-POW) and coupling with single mode fibers in the visible wavelength regions. Our research is also focused on fabricating passive micro optical elements such as splitters, combiners and simple logical gates. For this reason we are aiming to achieve optimum coupling efficiency between the 3D-POW and fibers. The technology also facilitates 3D-POW fabrication independent of the substrate material. We present these fabrication techniques and designs, along with supporting numerical simulations and its transmission properties. With a length of 270 μm and polymer core diameter of 9 μm with air cladding, the waveguides possess a total loss of 12 dB. This value also includes the external in and out mode coupling and in continuously being improved upon by design optimization and simulations. We verify the overall feasibility of the design and coupling mechanisms that can be exploited to execute waveguide based optical functions such as filtering and logical operations.

  5. Modeling of mode-locked coupled-resonator optical waveguide lasers

    Agger, Christian; Skovgård, Troels Suhr; Gregersen, Niels; Mørk, Jesper

    2010-01-01

    Coupled-resonator optical waveguides made from coupled high-Q photonic crystal nanocavities are investigated for use as cavities in mode-locked lasers. Such devices show great potential in slowing down light and can serve to reduce the cavity length of a mode-locked laser. An explicit expression...

  6. Optical and waveguiding properties of Nd:KGW films grown by pulsed laser deposition

    Jelínek, Miroslav; Lančok, Ján; Pavelka, Martin; Atanasov, P. A.; Macková, Anna; Flory, F.; Garapon, C.

    2002-01-01

    Roč. 74, č. 4 (2002), s. 481-485. ISSN 0947-8396 R&D Projects: GA MŠk ME 520 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z1010914; CEZ:AV0Z1048901 Keywords : PLD * thin films * Nd:KGW * optical properties * waveguides Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 2.231, year: 2002

  7. Considerations on material composition for low-loss hollow-core integrated optical waveguides

    Uranus, H.P.; Hoekstra, H.J.W.M.; Groesen, van E.

    2006-01-01

    The role of cladding bilayer material compositions to obtain low-loss hollow-core integrated optical waveguides was studied. Using the simple Fresnel reflection formulae, the optimal material composition was determined. It is shown that using bilayers with higher index-contrast does not always lead

  8. Optical waveguiding properties into porous gallium nitride structures investigated by prism coupling technique

    In order to modulate the refractive index and the birefringence of Gallium Nitride (GaN), we have developed a chemical etching method to perform porous structures. The aim of this research is to demonstrate that optical properties of GaN can be tuned by controlling the pores density. GaN films are prepared on sapphire by metal organic chemical vapor deposition and the microstructure is characterized by transmission electron microscopy, and scanning electron microscope analysis. Optical waveguide experiment is demonstrated here to determine the key properties as the ordinary (n0) and extraordinary (ne) refractive indices of etched structures. We report here the dispersion of refractive index for porous GaN and compare it to the bulk material. We observe that the refractive index decreases when the porous density p is increased: results obtained at 0.975 μm have shown that the ordinary index n0 is 2.293 for a bulk layer and n0 is 2.285 for a pores density of 20%. This value corresponds to GaN layer with a pore size of 30 nm and inter-distance of 100 nm. The control of the refractive index into GaN is therefore fundamental for the design of active and passive optical devices

  9. Synthesis and characterization of cross-linkable polyurethane-imide electro-optic waveguide polymer

    Wang, Long-De; Tang, Jie; Li, Ruo-Zhou; Zhang, Tong; Tong, Ling; Tang, Jing

    2016-01-01

    The novel electro-optic (EO) polymers of fluorinated cross-linkable polyurethane-imides (CLPUI) were designed and synthesized by polycondensation of azo chromophore C1 and C2, diisocyanate MDI, and aromatic dianhydride 6FDA. Molecular structural characterization for the resulting polymers was achieved by 1HNMR, FT-IR, elemental analysis, and gel permeation chromatography. The polymers exhibit good film-forming properties, high glass transition temperature ( T g) in the range of 193-200 °C, and thermal stability up to 290 °C. The polymers that possess a high EO coefficient (γ_{33} = 48 and 56 pm/V) at 1550 nm for poled polymer thin films were measured by the simple reflection technique. Excellent temporal stability and low optical losses in the range of 1.1-1.7 dB/cm at 1550 nm were observed for these polymers. Using the synthesized side-chain electro-optic CLPUI as the active core material and of a fluorinated polyimide as cladding material, we have designed and successfully fabricated the high-performance polymer waveguide Mach-Zehnder EO modulators.

  10. Vertical optical ring resonators fully integrated with nanophotonic waveguides on silicon-on-insulator substrates

    Madani, Abbas; Stolarek, David; Zimmermann, Lars; Ma, Libo; Schmidt, Oliver G

    2015-01-01

    We demonstrate full integration of vertical optical ring resonators with silicon nanophotonic waveguides on silicon-on-insulator substrates to accomplish a significant step towards 3D photonic integration. The on-chip integration is realized by rolling up 2D differentially strained TiO2 nanomembranes into 3D microtube cavities on a nanophotonic microchip. The integration configuration allows for out of plane optical coupling between the in-plane nanowaveguides and the vertical microtube cavities as a compact and mechanically stable optical unit, which could enable refined vertical light transfer in 3D stacks of multiple photonic layers. In this vertical transmission scheme, resonant filtering of optical signals at telecommunication wavelengths is demonstrated based on subwavelength thick walled microcavities. Moreover, an array of microtube cavities is prepared and each microtube cavity is integrated with multiple waveguides which opens up interesting perspectives towards parallel and multi-routing through a ...

  11. Optical waveguides in Er3+/Yb3+-codoped silicate glasses fabricated by proton implantation

    Liu, Chun-Xiao; Fu, Li-Li; Zhu, Xu-Feng; Guo, Hai-Tao; Li, Wei-Nan; Lin, She-Bao; Wei, Wei

    2016-07-01

    In this work, a planar waveguide was fabricated by proton implantation in Er3+/Yb3+-codoped silicate glasses with energies of (500 + 550) keV and fluences of (1 + 2) × 1016 ions/cm2. The end-face coupling method was employed to determine whether the light could be confined in the waveguide or not. The prism coupling technique was applied to measure the guided mode spectrum and the intensity calculation method was used to construct the refractive index profile. With the profile, a near-field intensity distribution was calculated by the finite difference beam propagation method. The obtained results may be helpful in developing integrated optical devices.

  12. Proposal for a simple polarization converter based on integrated optical ion exchanged waveguide

    Wang, Pengfei; Brambilla, G; Semenova, Y.; Wu, Qiang; Zheng, Jie; Farrell, G.

    2010-01-01

    A simple, compact, low-cost electro-optic polarization converter based on a nematic liquid crystal (LC) sandwiched between two ion-exchanged glass channel waveguides is proposed. A three-dimensional (3D) fully-vectorial (FV) finite difference beam propagation method (FDBPM) is used to simulate this optical device. The performance of the proposed polarization converter is analyzed numerically at zero and 5 V applied voltage for the case of strong anchoring of LC molecules to the surface of the...

  13. Optical Microring Resonators based on ion-implanted LiNbO3 ridge waveguides

    Montanari, Giovanni Battista

    2010-01-01

    The growing interest for Integrated Optics for sensing, telecommunications and even electronics is driving research to find solutions to the new challenges issued by a more and more fast, connected and smart world. This thesis deals with the design, the fabrication and the characterisation of the first prototypes of Microring Resonators realised using ion implanted Lithium Niobate (LiNbO3) ridge waveguides. Optical Resonator is one among the most important devices for all tasks describ...

  14. Fabrication of a deoxyribonucleic acid polymer ridge waveguide electro-optic modulator by nanoimprint lithography

    Fehrman Cory, Emily Marie

    The purpose of this dissertation is to develop the nanoimprint lithography (NIL) technique for direct patterning of the deoxyribonucleic acid biopolymer DNA-CTMA. The Mach Zehnder modulator was chosen as the test device to demonstrate the NIL patterning technique for DNA-CTMA as well as the unique optical and electrical properties of the DNA-CTMA as a cladding material for poled electro-optic polymers. Towards this goal, a DNA-CTMA clad inverted ridge waveguide is demonstrated at 633 nm and 1550 nm, the structure of which is patterned directly in the DNA-CTMA cladding by NIL. Additionally, EO modulation is demonstrated in a slab waveguide structure with DNA-CTMA cladding and SEO110 EO polymer core. Marine-derived deoxyribonucleic acid biopolymer (DNA-CTMA) is a green, nontoxic, low cost optical polymer material derived from waste products of the salmon fishing industry. It exhibits low optical loss at 1550 nm, forms a thin flexible film, is compatible with existing poled polymer technologies, increases the poling efficiency when used as a low resistivity cladding layer, and is thermally stable to 200 oC. Due to chemical incompatibility with the photoresists and the associated solvents, NIL has been developed for patterning the DNA biopolymer cladding to form an inverted ridge waveguide for the basis of the Mach Zehnder modulator. While DNA-CTMA presents significant advantages over other commonly used cladding materials for the 1550 nm wavelength range, one of the commonly used bands for optical communications, the mechanical properties and environmental susceptibility of the material poses significant fabrication challenges. A study of the effects of optical and mechanical effects of environmental humidity exposure are presented for the DNA-CTMA and SEO110 polymers used in the inverted ridge waveguide. While the soft, flexible nature of the DNA-CTMA is desirable for certain applications, this presents a challenge in producing a clean polished window for optical

  15. Optical planar waveguide in sodium-doped calcium barium niobate crystals by carbon ion implantation

    There is great interest in niobate crystals which belong to the tetragonal tungsten bronze (TTB) families owing to their intriguing properties. As one representative of such crystals, CBN (calcium barium niobate) has attracted rapidly growing attention. Because it has a higher Curie temperature than SBN (strontium barium niobate), possesses outstanding ferroelectric and it possesses optical properties. In addition, doped with sodium, CBN will show a higher Curie temperature than pure CBN. We report on the fabrication and characterization of optical planar waveguide in x-cut sodium-doped calcium barium niobate crystal by using C ion implantation. The guided-mode properties at the wavelength of 633 and 1539 nm are investigated through prism-coupling measurements, respectively. By applying direct end-face coupling arrangement, the near-field optical intensity distribution of waveguide modes is measured at 633 nm. For comparison, the modal profile of the same guided mode is also numerically calculated by the finite difference beam-propagation method via computer software BeamPROP. The transmission spectra of the waveguide before and after ion implantation treatments were investigated also. Our experiment results reveal that the waveguide could propagate light with transverse magnetic polarized direction only and it is assumed that the polarization selectivity of CBN crystal may responsible for this phenomenon

  16. Ultra-thin silicon/electro-optic polymer hybrid waveguide modulators

    Qiu, Feng; Spring, Andrew M. [Institute for Materials Chemistry and Engineering, Kyushu University, 6-1 Kasuga-koen Kasuga, Fukuoka 816-8580 (Japan); Sato, Hiromu [Department of Molecular and Material Sciences, Kyushu University, 6-1 Kasuga-koen Kasuga, Fukuoka 816-8580 (Japan); Maeda, Daisuke; Ozawa, Masa-aki; Odoi, Keisuke [Nissan Chemical Industries, Ltd., 2-10-1 Tuboi Nishi, Funabashi, Chiba 274-8507 (Japan); Aoki, Isao; Otomo, Akira [National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, 588-2 Iwaoka, Nishi-ku, Kobe 651-2492 (Japan); Yokoyama, Shiyoshi, E-mail: s-yokoyama@cm.kyushu-u.ac.jp [Institute for Materials Chemistry and Engineering, Kyushu University, 6-1 Kasuga-koen Kasuga, Fukuoka 816-8580 (Japan); Department of Molecular and Material Sciences, Kyushu University, 6-1 Kasuga-koen Kasuga, Fukuoka 816-8580 (Japan)

    2015-09-21

    Ultra-thin silicon and electro-optic (EO) polymer hybrid waveguide modulators have been designed and fabricated. The waveguide consists of a silicon core with a thickness of 30 nm and a width of 2 μm. The cladding is an EO polymer. Optical mode calculation reveals that 55% of the optical field around the silicon extends into the EO polymer in the TE mode. A Mach-Zehnder interferometer (MZI) modulator was prepared using common coplanar electrodes. The measured half-wave voltage of the MZI with 7 μm spacing and 1.3 cm long electrodes is 4.6 V at 1550 nm. The evaluated EO coefficient is 70 pm/V, which is comparable to that of the bulk EO polymer film. Using ultra-thin silicon is beneficial in order to reduce the side-wall scattering loss, yielding a propagation loss of 4.0 dB/cm. We also investigated a mode converter which couples light from the hybrid EO waveguide into a strip silicon waveguide. The calculation indicates that the coupling loss between these two devices is small enough to exploit the potential fusion of a hybrid EO polymer modulator together with a silicon micro-photonics device.

  17. Ultra-thin silicon/electro-optic polymer hybrid waveguide modulators

    Ultra-thin silicon and electro-optic (EO) polymer hybrid waveguide modulators have been designed and fabricated. The waveguide consists of a silicon core with a thickness of 30 nm and a width of 2 μm. The cladding is an EO polymer. Optical mode calculation reveals that 55% of the optical field around the silicon extends into the EO polymer in the TE mode. A Mach-Zehnder interferometer (MZI) modulator was prepared using common coplanar electrodes. The measured half-wave voltage of the MZI with 7 μm spacing and 1.3 cm long electrodes is 4.6 V at 1550 nm. The evaluated EO coefficient is 70 pm/V, which is comparable to that of the bulk EO polymer film. Using ultra-thin silicon is beneficial in order to reduce the side-wall scattering loss, yielding a propagation loss of 4.0 dB/cm. We also investigated a mode converter which couples light from the hybrid EO waveguide into a strip silicon waveguide. The calculation indicates that the coupling loss between these two devices is small enough to exploit the potential fusion of a hybrid EO polymer modulator together with a silicon micro-photonics device

  18. Design of T-shaped nanophotonic wire waveguide for optical interconnection in H-tree network.

    Kurt, H; Giden, I H; Citrin, D S

    2011-12-19

    Nanophotonic wire waveguides play an important role for the realization of highly dense integrated photonic circuits. The miniaturization of optoelectronic devices and realization of ultra-small integrated circuits strongly demand compact waveguide branches. T-shaped versions of nanophotonic wires are the first stage of both power splitting and optical-interconnection systems based on guided-wave optics; however, the acute transitions at the waveguide junctions typically induce huge bending losses in terms of radiated modes. Both 2D and 3D finite-difference time-domain methods are employed to monitor the efficient light propagation. By introducing appropriate combinations of dielectric posts around the dielectric-waveguide junctions within the 4.096μm×4.096μm region, we are able to reduce the bending losses dramatically and increase the transmission efficiency from low values of 18% in the absence of the dielectric posts to approximately 49% and 43% in 2D and 3D cases, respectively. These findings may lead to the implementation of such T-junctions in near-future high-density integrated photonics to deliver optical-clock signals via H-tree network. PMID:22274265

  19. Light coupling between vertical III-As nanowires and planar Si photonic waveguides for the monolithic integration of active optoelectronic devices on a Si platform.

    Giuntoni, Ivano; Geelhaar, Lutz; Bruns, Jürgen; Riechert, Henning

    2016-08-01

    We present a new concept for the optical interfacing between vertical III-As nanowires and planar Si waveguides. The nanowires are arranged in a two-dimensional array which forms a grating structure on top of the waveguide. This grating enables light coupling in both directions between the components made from the two different material classes. Numerical simulations show that this concept permits a light extraction efficiency from the waveguide larger than 45% and a light insertion efficiency larger than 35%. This new approach would allow the monolithic integration of nanowire-based active optoelectronics devices, like photodetectors and light sources, on the Si photonics platform. PMID:27505805

  20. Efficient optical coupling into ultra-compact plasmonic slot waveguides using dipole nanoantennas

    Gao, Qian; Ren, Fanghui; Wang, Alan X.

    2016-03-01

    Nanoantenna is used for coupling free space radiation to subwavelength plasmonic waveguide. We provide a theoretical design of ultra-compact dipole nanoantennas --- Yagi-Uda antenna with a reflector in telecom range and experimentally demonstrate efficient optical coupling between lensed fiber and plasmonic slot waveguide by utilizing our designed nanoantenna. We also prove that the couple-in efficiency of 8% from the lensed fiber does not equal to the couple-out efficiency of 50% from the plasmonic slot waveguide using the same nanoantenna design, which is different than many published and experimental results. We also study the relationship between couple in efficiency and the incident light spot size, which is experimentally characterized.

  1. Prism coupling characterization of planar optical waveguides made by silver ion exchange in glass

    Hidalgo, O.; Berencén, Y.; Rodríguez, J.

    2005-08-01

    A modified dark-lines method of prism-coupling technique is utilized for the experimental determination of the effective index of propagating modes in a glass planar waveguide. We use to make the waveguides a silver-sodium ion exchange in a nitrate solution and sodalime glass as substrate (microscope slides). The measurements were accomplished by direct HeNe laser beam incidence and sensing the reflected light by a Thorlabs Dec110 optical detector linked to a Protek500 digital multimeter. A LabView virtual instrument was implemented for the automation of the measurement process. The effective indexes measured have been used to calculate the refractive index profile by IWKB method. A comparison with other results shows that our experimental setup is suitable for slab waveguide modes characterization.

  2. The role of local heating in the formation process of UV written optical waveguides

    Svalgaard, Mikael; Harpøth, Anders; Andersen, Marc

    2005-01-01

    A behavior is reported where the index change process used for UV writing of integrated optical waveguides in deuterium loaded Ge:SiO2 glass can become unstable and suddenly switch off or on. It is shown that such discontinuities are associated with abrupt changes in the amount of absorbed UV power....... We suggest that these events are controlled by a coupling between UV absorption, local heating and the D2-GeO2 reaction rate. From our findings we predict, and confirm experimentally, that strong waveguides can not be fabricated under normal UV writing conditions in thin core layers with a low...... initial UV absorption. Our findings show that an improved understanding of the waveguide formation process and future process development requires that thermal effects are taken into account....

  3. Electro-optical channel drop switching in a photonic crystal waveguide-cavity side-coupling system

    Chang, Kao-Der; Liu, Cheng-Yang

    2014-04-01

    The electro-optical channel drop switching in a photonic crystal waveguide-cavity side-coupling system is reported. The line waveguide is formed by removing a single row of dielectric cylinders. The twin optical microcavities side coupled between linear waveguides is studied by solving Maxwell's equations. We determine the general characteristics of the coupling element required to achieve channel drop tunneling. By modulating the conductance of the twin microcavities, the electrical tunability of the resonant modes is observed in the transmission spectrum. The spectral characteristics suggest a potential application for this switching device as an efficient multichannel optical switch in the photonic integrated circuits.

  4. Probing of ultrahigh optical Q-factors of individual liquid microdroplets on superhydrophobic surfaces using tapered optical fiber waveguides

    Jonas, Alexandr; Karadağ, Yasin ; Kiraz, Alper; Mestre, Michael

    2012-01-01

    We report measurements of ultrahigh quality factors (Q-factors) of the optical whispering-gallery modes excited via a tapered optical-fiber waveguide in single glycerol-water microdroplets standing on a superhydrophobic surface in air. Owing to the high contact angle of the glycerol-water mixture on the superhydrophobic surface (>155 degrees), microdroplets with the geometry of a truncated sphere minimally distorted by gravity and contact line pinning effects could be generated. Q-factors up ...

  5. Fan-in/out polymer optical waveguide for a multicore fiber fabricated using the Mosquito method

    Suganuma, D.; Ishigure, T.

    2015-02-01

    A fan-in/out polymer optical waveguide is fabricated for connecting multimode multicore (7 cores) fiber with onedimensionally aligned parallel optical components such as a VCSEL/PD array or a multimode fiber ribbon, which is fabricated using the Mosquito method. The Mosquito method we have proposed is a fabrication technique for circular and graded index (GI) cores. One of the unique characteristics of the Mosquito method is a capability of forming threedimensional wirings. In the fan-in/out waveguides, high-density hexagonal alignment of 7 cores at one end is converted to one dimensional alignment with a wider pitch at the other end. For realizing the fan-in/out waveguides, we have issues about low insertion loss, low crosstalk, and the connectability with multicore fibers and optical components. In this paper, we focus in the pitch accuracy of the fan-in/out waveguide. In the Mosquito method, the viscosities of the core and cladding monomers are an important factor of the core figure and the core alignment because the viscosities have a relation to monomer liquid-flow, which could devastate the core alignment. Hence, we investigate the influence of the viscosities of the core and cladding monomers on the interchannel pitch accuracy of the fabricated fan-in/out polymer optical waveguide. With increasing the viscosities of core and cladding monomers, the pitch accuracy is improved, while the appropriate monomer viscosity conditions that can fix all the issues: core circularity and pitch accuracy in both ends still needs to be investigated.

  6. Optical Waveguide Lightmode Spectroscopy (OWLS as a Sensor for Thin Film and Quantum Dot Corrosion

    Jinke Tang

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Optical waveguide lightmode spectroscopy (OWLS is usually applied as a biosensor system to the sorption-desorption of proteins to waveguide surfaces. Here, we show that OWLS can be used to monitor the quality of oxide thin film materials and of coatings of pulsed laser deposition synthesized CdSe quantum dots (QDs intended for solar energy applications. In addition to changes in data treatment and experimental procedure, oxide- or QD-coated waveguide sensors must be synthesized. We synthesized zinc stannate (Zn2SnO4 coated (Si,TiO2 waveguide sensors, and used OWLS to monitor the relative mass of the film over time. Films lost mass over time, though at different rates due to variation in fluid flow and its physical effect on removal of film material. The Pulsed Laser Deposition (PLD technique was used to deposit CdSe QD coatings on waveguides. Sensors exposed to pH 2 solution lost mass over time in an expected, roughly exponential manner. Sensors at pH 10, in contrast, were stable over time. Results were confirmed with atomic force microscopy imaging. Limiting factors in the use of OWLS in this manner include limitations on the annealing temperature that maybe used to synthesize the oxide film, and limitations on the thickness of the film to be studied. Nevertheless, the technique overcomes a number of difficulties in monitoring the quality of thin films in-situ in liquid environments.

  7. Monolithic integration of optical waveguides for absorbance detection in microfabricated electrophoresis devices

    Mogensen, Klaus Bo; Petersen, Nickolaj Jacob; Hübner, Jörg; Kutter, Jörg Peter

    2001-01-01

    The fabrication and performance of an electrophoretic separation chip with integrated of optical waveguides for absorption detection is presented. The device was fabricated on a silicon substrate by standard microfabrication techniques with the use of two photolithographic mask steps. The...... waveguides on the device were connected to optical fibers, which enabled alignment free operation due to the absence of free-space optics. A 750 mum long U-shaped detection cell was used to facilitate longitudinal absorption detection. To minimize geometrically induced band broadening at the turn in the U......-cell, tapering of the separation channel from a width of 120 down to 30 mum was employed. Electrical insulation was achieved by a 13 mum thermally grown. silicon dioxide between the silicon substrate and the channels. The breakdown voltage during operation of the chip was measured to 10.6 kV. A separation of 3...

  8. Mimicking the nonlinear dynamics of optical fibers with waveguide arrays: towards a spatiotemporal supercontinuum generation

    Tran, Truong X

    2013-01-01

    We numerically demonstrate the formation of the spatiotemporal version of the so-called diffractive resonant radiation generated in waveguide arrays with Kerr nonlinearity when a long pulse is launched into the system. The phase matching condition for the diffractive resonant radiation that we have found earlier for CW beams also works well in the spatiotemporal case. By introducing a linear potential, one can introduce a continuous shift of the central wavenumber of a linear pulse, whereas in the nonlinear case one can demonstrate that the soliton self-wavenumber shift can be compensated by the emission of diffractive resonant radiation, in a very similar fashion as it is done in optical fibers. This work paves the way for designing unique optical devices that generate spectrally broad supercontinua with a controllable directionality by taking advantage of the combined physics of optical fibers and waveguide arrays.

  9. Electric Field-Induced Second Order Nonlinear Optical Effects in Silicon Waveguides

    Timurdogan, E; Watts, M R

    2016-01-01

    The demand for nonlinear effects within a silicon platform to support photonic circuits requiring phase-only modulation, frequency doubling, and/or difference frequency generation, is becoming increasingly clear. However, the symmetry of the silicon crystal inhibits second order optical nonlinear susceptibility, $\\chi^{(2)}$. Here, we show that the crystalline symmetry is broken when a DC field is present, inducing a $\\chi^{(2)}$ in a silicon waveguide that is proportional to the large $\\chi^{(3)}$ of silicon. First, Mach-Zehnder interferometers using the DC Kerr effect optical phase shifters in silicon ridge waveguides with p-i-n junctions are demonstrated with a $V_{\\pi}L$ of $2.4Vcm$ in telecom bands $({\\lambda}_{\\omega}=1.58{\\mu}m)$ without requiring to dope the silicon core. Second, the pump and second harmonic modes in silicon ridge waveguides are quasi-phase matched when the magnitude, spatial distribution of the DC field and $\\chi^{(2)}$ are controlled with p-i-n junctions. Using these waveguides, sec...

  10. Magneto-optical garnet waveguides on semiconductor platforms: Magnetics, mechanics, and photonics

    Sung, Sang-Yeob; Sharma, Anirudh; Block, Andrew; Keuhn, Katherine; Stadler, Bethanie J. H.

    2011-04-01

    Garnet films with thicknesses of 100-1000 nm and waveguides with widths of 700-2000 nm were grown onto Si to characterize the mechanical stresses that occurred upon crystallization (700-800 °C) by rapid thermal annealing. These magneto-optical garnet films and also photonic crystals have proposed uses in magnetic flux indicator films, integrated photonic devices, such as isolators, circulators, and polarization transformers, because their Verdet constants per unit loss are orders of magnitude better than other magneto-optical materials. However, garnet does not match Si-based materials mechanically with thermal expansion coefficients of 10.4 ppm/°C. These waveguides were optimized to have low losses in the near infrared, including the telecommunication wavelengths (1.0-2.3 dB/mm at 1.3 μm and 0.9-1.7 at 1.55 μm). The waveguide losses increased with waveguide width. Finite difference time domain simulations were used to estimate the number, effective index, and profile of modes in each guide. The polarization and localization of modes near guide surfaces effectively explain the trend in losses versus width. With Faraday rotations of 0.2 dB/μm and 1.0 dB/mm loss, this integrated garnet has great potential for a multitude of photonic devices, including isolators, circulators, and mode converters.

  11. Optical properties of waveguide-coupled nanowires for sub-wavelength detection in microspectrometer applications

    In this paper we experimentally investigate optical interactions between gold nanowires and fs-laser written waveguides in a view of applications for stationary-wave integrated Fourier-transform spectrometers in a movable mirror configuration. For this purpose we fabricated gold nanowires of widths in the range from 40 to 130 nm and of 25 nm in thickness directly on the surface of a borosilicate glass containing fs-laser written optical waveguides beneath. The out-coupling efficiency and the radiation pattern angular distribution were investigated at the wavelength of 850 nm, dependent on the geometrical size of the nanowires, the position of the waveguides under the surface, and the light polarization. We also report measured plasmonic scattering spectra of the nanowires in the wavelength range of 400 to 900 nm. Our findings show that the chosen geometries and material systems are promising candidates for the use in integrated focal plane array spectrometer devices. Finally, we demonstrate the successful operation of a waveguide spectrometer modified by a movable mirror with a stroke of more than 10 μm. (paper)

  12. Tunable integrated optical filter made of a glass ion-exchanged waveguide and an electro-optic composite holographic grating.

    d'Alessandro, Antonio; Donisi, Domenico; De Sio, Luciano; Beccherelli, Romeo; Asquini, Rita; Caputo, Roberto; Umeton, Cesare

    2008-06-23

    We report the fabrication and the optical characterization of a hybrid tunable integrated optical filter. It consists of a diffused ion-exchanged channel waveguide on a borosilicate glass substrate with a cover of the same glass to form a gap filled with a holographic grating. The grating morphology, called POLICRYPS (POlymer LIquid CRYstal Polymer Slices), is made of alternating stripes of polymer and liquid crystal acting as overlayer for the underneath waveguide. The filter structure includes aluminum coplanar electrodes to electrically control the grating properties, allowing the tunability of the filter. The electric driving power required to tune the filter obtained was in the range of submilliwatts due to the efficient liquid crystal electro-optic effect. PMID:18575489

  13. Analytical solutions for optical forces between two dielectric planar waveguides immersed in dielectric fluid media

    Rodrigues, Janderson Rocha

    2016-01-01

    We investigate optical (transverse gradient) forces between two high-index dielectric planar waveguides immersed in low-index dielectric fluid media. Complimentary to previous studies, we extend optical forces calculations, in order to take into account a non-vacuum (and non-air) background medium, by using the Minkowski stress tensor formulation; we derived a very simple set of equations in terms of the effective refractive indexes of the waveguide eigenmodes. We also used a normalized version of the dispersion relation method to calculate the optical forces, in order to validate our results for different dielectric fluid media. Excellent agreement between the two methods was obtained for all analyzed cases. We show that, due to slot-waveguide effect, the TM modes are more sensitive to changes in the fluid refractive index than the TE ones. Furthermore, the repulsive optical force of the antisymmetric TM1 mode becomes stronger for higher refractive indexes, whereas the attractive force of the symmetric TM0 m...

  14. Characterization of optical waveguides with very different refractive-index contrasts

    Ondráček, František; Skalský, Miroslav; Čtyroký, Jiří

    Praha : Agentura Action M, 2005. 185--. ISBN 80-86742-08-3. [ Photonics Prague 2005. International Conference on Photonics , Devices and Systems /5./. 08.06.2005-11.06.2005, Prague] R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GA102/05/0987; GA ČR(CZ) GA104/03/0385; GA MŠk(CZ) OC 288.001 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20670512 Keywords : integrated optics * planar waveguides * optical losses Subject RIV: BH - Optics, Masers, Lasers

  15. Tunable plasmonic filter and variable optical attenuator based on ring metal–insulator–metal waveguide

    Jianping Guo

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available A tunable nanoscale plasmonic filter and variable optical attenuator structure based on a rectangular ring metal–insulator–metal waveguide cavity containing electro-optic (EO material is proposed and numerically demonstrated by using the finite-difference time-domain technique. The simulation results show that the output of the device can be electrically controlled by tuning the refractive index of the EO material and the structure can be used as tunable filter and variable optical attenuator alternatively under very low voltage.

  16. Ultra-Fast Optical Signal Processing in Nonlinear Silicon Waveguides

    Oxenløwe, Leif Katsuo; Galili, Michael; Pu, Minhao;

    2011-01-01

    We describe recent demonstrations of exploiting highly nonlinear silicon nanowires for processing Tbit/s optical data signals. We perform demultiplexing and optical waveform sampling of 1.28 Tbit/s and wavelength conversion of 640 Gbit/s data signals.......We describe recent demonstrations of exploiting highly nonlinear silicon nanowires for processing Tbit/s optical data signals. We perform demultiplexing and optical waveform sampling of 1.28 Tbit/s and wavelength conversion of 640 Gbit/s data signals....

  17. Extension of the broadband single-mode integrated optical waveguide technique to the ultraviolet spectral region and its applications

    Wiederkehr, Rodrigo S.; Mendes, Sergio B.

    2014-01-01

    We report here the fabrication, characterization, and application of a single-mode integrated optical waveguide (IOW) spectrometer capable of acquiring optical absorbance spectra of surface-immobilized molecules in the visible and ultraviolet spectral region down to 315 nm. The UV-extension of the single-mode IOW technique to shorter wavelengths was made possible by our development of a low-loss single-mode dielectric waveguide in the UV region based on an alumina film grown...

  18. Optical Waveform Sampling of a 320 Gbit/s Serial Data Signal using a Hydrogenated Amorphous Silicon Waveguide

    Ji, Hua; Hu, Hao; Pu, Minhao;

    2011-01-01

    We propose using a hydrogenated amorphous silicon waveguide for ultra-high-speed serial data waveform sampling. 320 Gbit/s serial optical data sampling is experimentally demonstrated with +12 dB intrinsic four wave mixing conversion efficiency.......We propose using a hydrogenated amorphous silicon waveguide for ultra-high-speed serial data waveform sampling. 320 Gbit/s serial optical data sampling is experimentally demonstrated with +12 dB intrinsic four wave mixing conversion efficiency....

  19. PDMS-based Optical Leaky Waveguide Coated with Self-assemble Au-NPs for Bio-analytical Detections

    Yi-Chieh Chen

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents a novel method for fabricating PDMS-based optical leaky waveguides coated with self-assembled gold nano-particles (Au-NP for bio-analytical detection utilizing the localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR effect. In the presented method, a PDMS optical waveguide is first cast in Teflon tubing to form a cylindrical leaky waveguide structure. The de-molded PDMS optical waveguide is then modified with PDDA molecules and coated with a layer of 13 nm Au-NPs for inducing the LSPR effect. The fabricated LSPR sensor is finally connected to multi-mode optic fibers for guiding the detection light. The measured sensitivity of the PDMS waveguide based LSPR sensor for detecting diluted glycerol solutions was 7.25 AU/RIU and 325.97 nm/RIU. Experimental results of a label-free detection of DNA hybridization show that the presented PDMS waveguide based LSPR sensor has a good linear response and has a detection limit of about 10pM, confirming the detection performance of the developed PDMS waveguide-based LSPR sensor.

  20. Comparison of epoxy- and siloxane-based single-mode optical waveguides defined by direct-write lithography

    Elmogi, Ahmed; Bosman, Erwin; Missinne, Jeroen; Van Steenberge, Geert

    2016-02-01

    This paper reports on the fabrication and characterization of single-mode polymer optical waveguides at telecom and SOI compatible wavelengths; by making a comparison between an epoxy and a siloxane polymer waveguide material system (both commercially-available). The proposed waveguides can be used in short-reach optical interconnects targeting chip-to-chip communication on the interposer level or providing a coupling interface between single-mode optical fibers and photonic integrated circuits (PICs). This technology enables the integration of optoelectronic chips for photonic packaging purposes. First, the single-mode dimensions (4 × 4 μm2 and 5 × 5 μm2) for both materials at selected wavelengths (1.31 μm and 1.55 μm) were determined based on the refractive index measurements. Then, the waveguides were patterned by a direct-write lithography method. The fabricated waveguides show a high-quality surface with smooth sidewalls. The optical propagation losses were measured using the cut-back method. For the siloxane-based waveguides, the propagation losses were found to be 0.34 dB/cm and 1.36 dB/cm at 1.31 μm and 1.55 μm respectively while for the epoxy-based waveguides the losses were 0.49 dB/cm and 2.23 dB/cm at 1.31 μm and 1.55 μm respectively.

  1. All-optical multi-channel wavelength conversion of Nyquist 16 QAM signal using a silicon waveguide.

    Long, Yun; Liu, Jun; Hu, Xiao; Wang, Andong; Zhou, Linjie; Zou, Kaiheng; Zhu, Yixiao; Zhang, Fan; Wang, Jian

    2015-12-01

    We experimentally demonstrate on-chip all-optical multi-channel wavelength conversion of Nyquist 16 ary quadrature amplitude modulation (16 QAM) signal in a silicon waveguide. The measured optical signal-to-noise ratio (OSNR) penalties of wavelength conversion are ∼2  dB. The observed constellations of converted idlers indicate favorable performance of silicon-waveguide-based multi-channel wavelength conversion. We also experimentally study and compare the phase-conjugated wavelength conversion by degenerate four-wave mixing (FWM) and transparent wavelength conversion by non-degenerate FWM in the silicon waveguide. PMID:26625029

  2. Nonlinear Optics in Doped Silica Glass Integrated Waveguide Structures

    Duchesne, David; Razzari, Luca; Morandotti, Roberto; Little, Brent; Chu, Sai T; Moss, David J

    2015-01-01

    Integrated photonic technologies are rapidly becoming an important and fundamental milestone for wideband optical telecommunications. Future optical networks have several critical requirements, including low energy consumption, high efficiency, greater bandwidth and flexibility, which must be addressed in a compact form factor.

  3. Optical amplification of the cutoff mode in planar asymmetric polymer waveguides

    Pauchard, M.; Vehse, M.; Swensen, J.; Moses, D.; Heeger, A. J.; Perzon, E.; Andersson, M. R.

    2003-12-01

    Modes with low threshold for optical gain were observed at wavelengths close to the cutoff in experiments probing the amplified spontaneous emission of light-emitting polymer thin films. The polymer was the semiconductor layer in a multilayer semiconductor-insulator-metal structure that simulates the one-dimensional waveguide characteristics in the channel of a field-effect transistor. The "cutoff" mode propagates at the polymer/gate-insulator interface, has an optical gain threshold of approximately 10 kW/cm2, and is not influenced by absorption of the gate electrode. The wavelength of the amplified emission tracks the cutoff wavelength of the asymmetric double-waveguide structure and the cutoff mode is, therefore, tunable in wavelength. Our results suggest that the light-emitting field-effect transistor architecture is a promising route for the construction of an injection laser.

  4. A hybrid DMD-waveguide optical signal processor

    Macik, D.; Howe, R.; Madsen, C. K.

    2015-09-01

    A hybrid platform is proposed for optical processing with capabilities beyond the standard use for spatial filter coefficients. Time domain operations are explored utilizing electro-optical components to generate and steer an optical beam across the digital micro-mirror device (DMD). An input signal in the form of a collimated optical beam is scanned through an imaging optic across the DMD to achieve 1-D operations. Coefficient "bit depth" is determined by the mirror pattern in the local spot zone giving a ratio of `on' state to `off' state area. The reflected signal returns along the original path through the imaging lens and is read by a receiver. Design feasibility is presented along with initial experimental results.

  5. Integration of polymer-based optical waveguide arrays and micro/nano-photonic devices for optical printed circuit board (O-PCB) application

    Lee, El-Hang; Lee, Seung Gol; O, Beom Hoan; Park, Se-Geun; Kim, Kyong Heon; Kang, Jin Ku; Choi, Young Wan

    2005-03-01

    We report, in the form of review, on the results of our study on the fabrication and assembly of polymer-based optical waveguide arrays and micro/nano-photonic devices for optical printed circuit boards (O-PCBs) application. The O-PCBs are designed to perform the functions of transporting, switching, routing and distributing optical signals on flat modular boards, substrates or chips. We have assembled and constructed O-PCBs using optical waveguide arrays and circuits made of polymer materials and have examined their information handling performances. We also designed power beam splitters and waveguide filters using nano-scale photonic band-gap crystals. We discuss scientific and technological issues concerning the processes of miniaturization, interconnection and integration of polymer optical waveguide devices and arrays for the O-PCBs as applicable to board-to-board, chip-to-chip, and intra-chip integration for computers, telecommunications, and transportation systems.

  6. A Temperature Sensor Based on a Symmetrical Metal-Cladding Optical Waveguide

    ZHOU Guo-Rui; FENG Guo-Ying; ZHANG Yi; MA Zi; WANG Jian-Jun

    2012-01-01

    A compact temperature sensor based on a symmetrical metal-cladding optical waveguide using free-space coupling is proposed and demonstrated theoretically and experimentally. The symmetrical Au-cladding optical waveguide is based on a thin LiNbO3 slab sandwiched between two metal films, which serve as the coupling layer and reflecting panel, respectively. The sensitivity of this sensor of 9.08×10-2 deg/℃, 6.6 ×10-2 deg/℃ and 4.8 × 10-2 deg/℃ corresponding to 3238-order, 3237-order and 3236-order modes, respectively, are obtained. Higher resolution is predicted with a larger linear expansion coefficient material and a higher resolution θ/2θ goniometer.%A compact temperature sensor based on a symmetrical metal-cladding optical waveguide using free-space coupling is proposed and demonstrated theoretically and experimentally.The symmetrical Au-cladding optical waveguide is based on a thin LiNbO3 slab sandwiched between two metal films,which serve as the coupling layer and reflecting panel,respectively.The sensitivity of this sensor of 9.08 × 10-2 deg/℃,6.6 × 10-2 deg/℃ and 4.8 × 10-2 deg/℃ corresponding to 3238-order,3237-order and 3236-order modes,respectively,are obtained.Higher resolution is predicted with a larger linear expansion coefficient material and a higher resolution θ/2θ goniometer.

  7. Fabrication of optical channel waveguides in crystals and glasses using macro- and micro ion beams

    Banyasz, I.; Rajta, I.; Nagy, G. U. L.; Zolnai, Z.; Havránek, Vladimír; Veres, M.; Berneschi, S.; Nunzi-Conti, G.; Righini, G. C.

    2014-01-01

    Roč. 331, JUL (2014), s. 157-162. ISSN 0168-583X R&D Projects: GA MŠk(XE) LM2011019 Institutional support: RVO:61389005 Keywords : channel optical waveguides * ion beam irradiation * focussed ion beam * Er-doped tungsten-tellurite glass * Bismuth germanate * Micro Raman spectroscopy Subject RIV: BG - Nuclear, Atomic and Molecular Physics, Colliders Impact factor: 1.124, year: 2014

  8. Femtosecond laser written optical waveguides in z-cut MgO:LiNbO3 crystal: Fabrication and optical damage investigation

    Lv, Jinman; Cheng, Yazhou; Lu, Qingming; Vázquez de Aldana, Javier R.; Hao, Xiaotao; Chen, Feng

    2016-07-01

    We report on the fabrication of the dual-line waveguides and cladding waveguide in z-cut MgO:LiNbO3 crystal by femtosecond laser inscription. Due to the diverse modification of refractive index along TE/TM polarization induced by femtosecond laser pulses, the two geometries exhibit different guiding performances: the dual-line waveguides only support extraordinary index polarization, whilst the depressed cladding waveguide supports guidance along both extraordinary and ordinary index polarizations. The measured optical damage of these waveguides at the wavelength of 532 nm is higher than that of the previously reported ion-implanted waveguides in Zr-doped LiNbO3. The propagation loss of depressed cladding waveguide is measured as low as 0.94 dB/cm at 632.8 nm wavelength. It is found that the optical damage threshold (∼105 W/cm2) of the dual-line waveguide is one order of magnitude higher than that of the cladding waveguide (∼104 W/cm2).

  9. Realizing mode conversion and optical diode effect by coupling photonic crystal waveguides with cavity

    Ye, Han; Zhang, Jin-Qian-Nan; Yu, Zhong-Yuan; Wang, Dong-Lin; Chen, Zhi-Hui

    2015-09-01

    We propose a novel two-dimensional photonic crystal structure consisting of two line defect waveguides and a cavity to realize mode conversion based on the coupling effect. The W1/cavity/W2 structure breaks the spatial symmetry and successfully converts the even (odd) mode to the odd (even) mode in the W2 waveguide during the forward (backward) transmission. When considering the incidence of only the even mode, the optical diode effect emerges and achieves approximate 35 dB unidirectionality at the resonant frequency. Moreover, owing to the narrow bandpass feature and the flexibility of the tuning cavity, utilization of the proposed structure as a wavelength filter is demonstrated in a device with a Y-branch splitter. Here, we provide a heuristic design for a mode converter, optical diode, and wavelength filter derived from the coupling effect between a cavity and adjacent waveguides, and expect that the proposed structure can be applied as a building block in future all-optical integrated circuits. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 61372037 and 61307069), Beijing Excellent Ph. D. Thesis Guidance Foundation, China (Grant No. 20131001301), and the Natural Science Foundation of Shanxi Province, China (Grant No. 2013021017-3).

  10. Development of Phosphorus Doped Silica Photosensitive Material for Optical Waveguide Fabrication

    This research was conducted to develop an optical waveguide made from phosphorus doped silica photosensitive material. The spin coating technique was conducted using a source in liquid form called tetraethyl orthosilicate, phosphoric acid and also PBF to produced phosphorus doped silica photosensitive waveguide and boron. In range between 1 μm and 8 μm thickness, the doped silica photosensitive waveguide, showed refractive index modulation is reaching 1 x 10-14 between 3 and 8 μm thickness. For each testing and photosensitive treatment process was run using a 366 nm UV source, 0.369 mW/ cm2 at 50 Hz pulse rate. For every samples produced from this exposure shows a deviation of their index value, which the UV exposure was held about 10 minutes. By using ArF or KrF laser inscriber with 10 mW power for example, exposure period needed was just between 20 to 30 seconds to change the refractive index of waveguide. Beside, compensation process also held to improve the performance due to the tolerance effect from the simulation process. In order to improve the efficiency of refractive index and the layer thickness of BPSG, a graphical user interface program has been successfully developed to accelerate and improve the accuracy of reading measured from manual prism coupler. (author)

  11. Phase engineered wavelength conversion of ultra-short optical pulses in TI:PPLN waveguides

    Babazadeh, Amin; Nouroozi, Rahman; Sohler, Wolfgang

    2016-02-01

    A phase engineered all-optical wavelength converter for ultra-short pulses (down to 140 fs) in a Ti-diffused, periodically poled lithium niobate (Ti:PPLN) waveguide is proposed. The phase engineering, due to the phase conjugation between signal and idler (converted signal) pulses which takes place in the cascaded second harmonic generation and difference frequency generation (cSHG/DFG) based wavelength conversion, already leads to shorter idler pulses. The proposed device consists of an unpoled (passive) waveguide section beside of the PPLN waveguide section in order to compensate pulse broadening and phase distortion of the idler pulses induced by the wavelength conversion (in the PPLN section). For example numerical analysis shows that a 140 fs input signal pulse is only broadened by 1.6% in a device with a combination of 20 mm and 6 mm long periodically poled and unpoled waveguide sections. Thus, cSHG/DFG based wavelength converters of a bandwidth of several Tbits/s can be designed.

  12. Characterization of optical strain sensors based on silicon waveguides

    Westerveld, W.J.; Pozo Torres, J.M.; Muilwijk, P.M.; Leinders, S.M.; Harmsma, P.J.; Tabak, E.; Dool, T.C. van den; Dongen, K.W.A. van; Yousefi, M.; Urbach, H.P.

    2013-01-01

    Strain gauges are widely employed in microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) for sensing of, for example, deformation, acceleration, pressure, or sound [1]. Such gauges are typically based on electronic piezoresistivity. We propose integrated optical sensors which have particular benefits: insensitivi

  13. A Compact, Waveguide Based Programmable Optical Comb Generator Project

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — This NASA Phase I STTR effort will establish the feasibility of developing a compact broadband near to mid-IR programmable optical comb for use in laser based...

  14. Tunnelling of orbital angular momentum in parallel optical waveguides

    We study the evolution of circularly polarized optical vortices (OVs) in the system of two coupled few-mode optical fibres. We demonstrate that upon propagation OVs tunnel into the adjacent fibre as a complex superposition of OVs that comprise also OVs of opposite polarization and topological charge. The initial OV may tunnel into the other fibre as the same vortex state of lesser energy. The evolution of the orbital angular momentum in coupled fibres is studied

  15. A new generation of previously unrealizable photonic devices as enabled by a unique electro-optic waveguide architecture

    Davis, Scott R.; Rommel, Scott D.; Farca, George; Anderson, Michael H.

    2008-08-01

    A new electro-optic waveguide platform, which provides unprecedented electro-optical phase delays (> 1mm), with very low loss (integrated photonic architecture has applications in a wide array of commercial and defense markets including: remote sensing, micro-LADAR, OCT, laser illumination, phased array radar, optical communications, etc. Performance attributes of several example devices are presented.

  16. Sub-10 nm beam confinement by X-ray waveguides: design, fabrication and characterization of optical properties

    Optimized X-ray waveguides have been fabricated and characterized in terms of transmission, angular acceptance, farfield pattern and imaging applications. Beam confinement down to sub-10 nm in two orthogonal directions has been demonstrated, at the nano-focus endstation at P10 of PETRA III at HASYLAB/DESY. The propagation of hard X-ray synchrotron beams in waveguides with guiding layer diameters in the 9–35 nm thickness range has been studied. The planar waveguide structures consist of an optimized two-component cladding. The presented fabrication method is suitable for short and leak-proof waveguide slices with lengths (along the optical axis) in the sub-500 µm range, adapted for optimized transmission at photon energies of 11.5–18 keV. A detailed comparison between finite-difference simulations of waveguide optics and the experimental results is presented, concerning transmission, divergence of the waveguide exit beam, as well as the angular acceptance. In a second step, two crossed waveguides have been used to create a quasi-point source for propagation-based X-ray imaging at the new nano-focus endstation of the P10 coherence beamline at Petra III. By inverting the measured Fraunhofer diffraction pattern by an iterative error-reduction algorithm, a two-dimensional focus of 10 nm × 10 nm is obtained. Finally, holographic imaging of a lithographic test structure based on this optical system is demonstrated

  17. Devices Based on Co-Integrated MEMS Actuators and Optical Waveguide: A Review

    Franck Chollet

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The convergence of Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS and optics was, at the end of the last century, a fertile ground for a new breed of technological and scientific achievements. The weightlessness of light has been identified very early as a key advantage for micro-actuator application, giving rise to optical free-space MEMS devices. In parallel to these developments, the past 20 years saw the emergence of a less pursued approach relying on guided optical wave, where, pushed by the similarities in fabrication process, researchers explored the possibilities offered by merging integrated optics and MEMS technology. The interest of using guided waves is well known (absence of diffraction, tight light confinement, small size, compatibility with fiber optics but it was less clear how they could be harnessed with MEMS technology. Actually, it is possible to use MEMS actuators for modifying waveguide properties (length, direction, index of refraction or for coupling light between waveguide, enabling many new devices for optical telecommunication, astronomy or sensing. With the recent expansion to nanophotonics and optomechanics, it seems that this field still holds a lot of promises.

  18. Determination of refractive index variation of a glass-integrated optical waveguide by the acousto-optic effect

    Ion exchange on a glass substrate is now a well-known technology that enables the realization of optical waveguide devices. In recent years, the hybridization of ion-exchanged glass waveguides has become a promising method for functional integration. In this context, an integrated Mach–Zehnder interferometer (MZI), made by ion exchange on a glass substrate, was used to realize an acousto-optic modulator. Over one arm of the MZI a PZT ceramic driven by a high-voltage signal was glued. The acoustic waves cross the light waveguide and locally modify the refractive index of the glass. The optical intensity observed at the output of the interferometer varies according to the piezoelectric ceramic excitation. This component is used to find the relation between the refractive index change induced and the applied stress. Measurements were made for two linear polarizations: TE and TM. The proposed method was validated on a specific glass substrate and can be directly extended to any kind of glass

  19. A stable and high resolution optical waveguide biosensor based on dense TiO2/Ag multilayer film

    Jin, Zhao; Guan, Weiming; Liu, Chang; Xue, Tianyu; Wang, Qiyu; Zheng, Weitao; Cui, Xiaoqiang

    2016-07-01

    Optical waveguide (OWG) biosensor has attracted much attention according to the high sensitivity and resolution compared with conventional surface plasmon resonance (SPR) biosensor. Nanoporous materials are usually used as the waveguide layer for absorbing analytes into the porous structure and enhancing the sensor signal. However, this kind of waveguide layer provides poor protection to the metal film and leads to the damage of the biosensor. Ag film can provide great sensitivity in SPR sensing comparing to other metal but was rarely used because of its poor chemical stability. Fabricating high stability Ag based SPR biosensor is still a challenge. In this work we produce an OWG biosensor using a dense TiO2 film as the waveguide layer which provides high resolution and remarkable protection to the metal film. This waveguide structure makes long time detection possible using Ag as the metal layer and is able to lead an enhancement of sensitivity comparing to the Au-based biosensor.

  20. Waveguide electro-optic modulators based on self-assembled material systems

    LIU Zhi-fu; MA Jing; SUN De-gui; XU Guo-yang; HO Seng-Tiong; ZHU Pei-wang; KANG Hu; Antonio Facchetti; Tobin J. Marks

    2005-01-01

    Fabrication and characterization of electro-optic modulators based on the novel organic electro-optic materials composed of self-assembled superlattices (SAS) were presented, both wet-dipping self-assembly and vapor phase deposition approaches were discussed. Prototype waveguide electro-optic modulators were fabricated using SAS films integrated with low-loss polymeric materials functioning as partial guiding and cladding layers.Promising electro-optic thin film materials including DTPT and PEPCOOH grown from the vapor phase were used for fabrication and test of electro-optic prototype modulators. Finally,the EO coefficient of tens of pm/V was obtained,which can sufficiently support high-speed and small size EO modulators.

  1. Radiation control with the use of glass optical fiber waveguides

    Full text: In work the description of a way of measurement of radiation in a wide range of doses ∼ 0.1-10 Gray developed by the author is given. The doze of an irradiation was estimated on measurement of factor of absorption at passage through an optical glass of probing light with a various combination of lengths of waves. The comparative data of various methods used for dosimetry of radiation are submitted. Advantages glass optical fibers in comparison with massive sample of glasses are shown

  2. Radiation control with the use of glass optical fiber waveguides

    Full text: In work the description of a way of measurement of radiation in a wide range of doses ∼0.1-10 Gray developed by the author is given. The doze of an irradiation was estimated on measurement of factor of absorption at passage through an optical glass of probing light with a various combination of lengths of waves. The comparative data of various methods used for dosimetry of radiation are submitted. Advantages glass optical fibers in comparison with massive sample of glasses are shown

  3. Cantilever-based sensor with integrated optical read-out using single mode waveguides

    Nordström, Maria; Zauner, Dan; Calleja, Montserrat;

    2007-01-01

    This work presents the design, fabrication and mechanical characterisation of an integrated optical read-out scheme for cantilever-based biosensors. A cantilever can be used as a biosensor by monitoring its bending caused by the surface stress generated due to chemical reactions occurring on its...... surface. Here, we present a novel integrated optical read-out scheme based on single-mode waveguides that enables the fabrication of a compact system. The complete system is fabricated in the polymer SU-8. This manuscript shows the principle of operation and the design well as the fabrication of the...

  4. Single quantum dot spectroscopy using a fiber taper waveguide near-field optic

    Srinivasan, Kartik; Stintz, Andreas; Krishna, Sanjay; Painter, Oskar

    2007-01-01

    Photoluminescence spectroscopy of single InAs quantum dots at cryogenic temperatures (~14 K) is performed using a micron-scale optical fiber taper waveguide as a near-field optic. A lower bound on the measured collection efficiency of quantum dot spontaneous emission into the fundamental guided mode of the fiber taper is estimated at 0.1%, and spatially resolved measurements with ~600 nm resolution are obtained by varying the taper position with respect to the sample and using the fiber taper...

  5. Second harmonic generation in As-sputtered ZnO optical waveguide

    SHG in an as-sputtered ZnO optical waveguide on a fused-quartz substrate has been performed with a Nd: YAG laser at 1.064μm wavelength. For 150mW fundamental input power, the observed conversion efficiency is about 4.9 x 10-6. The phase-matched interactionlength of 2.5 mm is about 125 times larger than the previous result. The results reveal another potential use of sputtered ZnO film in integrated optical applications. (author)

  6. Optical planar waveguide in magnesium aluminate spinel crystal using oxygen ion implantation

    Song, Hong-Lian; Yu, Xiao-Fei; Zhang, Lian; Wang, Tie-Jun; Qiao, Mei; Liu, Peng; Zhao, Jin-Hua; Wang, Xue-Lin

    2015-07-01

    A planar optical waveguide in MgAl2O4 crystal sample was fabricated using 6.0 MeV oxygen ion implantation at a fluence of 1.5 × 1015 ions/cm2 at room temperature. The optical modes were measured at a wavelength of 633 nm using a model 2010 prism coupler. The near-field intensity files in the visible band were measured and simulated with end-face coupling and FD-BPM methods, respectively. The absorption spectra show that the implantation process has almost no effect on the visible and near-infrared band absorption.

  7. Characterization of erbium doped glass optical waveguide by a fine tunable semiconductor laser

    Ondráček, František; Salavcová, Linda; Míka, M.; Špirková, J.; Čtyroký, Jiří

    Bratislava : Institute of Measurement Science Slovak Academy of Sciences, 2005 - (Frollo, I.; Tyšler, M.; Juraš, V.), s. 308-311 ISBN 80-967402-8-8. [Measurement 2005: International Conference on Measurement /5./. Smolenice (SK), 15.05.2005-19.05.2005] R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GA106/03/0505; GA ČR(CZ) GA106/05/0706 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20670512 Keywords : erbium * optical waveguides * optical losses * semiconductor laser s Subject RIV: JA - Electronics ; Optoelectronics, Electrical Engineering

  8. Modeling, fabrication and high power optical characterization of plasmonic waveguides

    Lavrinenko, Andrei; Lysenko, Oleg

    2015-01-01

    This paper describes modeling, fabrication and high power optical characterization of thin gold films embedded in silicon dioxide. The propagation vector of surface plasmon polaritons has been calculated by the effective index method for the wavelength range of 750-1700 nm and film thickness of 1...

  9. Characterization of Integrated Optical Strain Sensors Based on Silicon Waveguides

    Westerveld, W.J.; Leinders, S.M.; Muilwijk, P.M.; Pozo, J.

    2013-01-01

    Microscale strain gauges are widely used in micro electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) to measure strains such as those induced by force, acceleration, pressure or sound. We propose all-optical strain sensors based on micro-ring resonators to be integrated with MEMS. We characterized the strain-induced

  10. Feasibility of optical waveguide immunosensors for pesticide detection: physical aspects

    Schipper, E.F.; Kooyman, R.P.H.; Heideman, R.G.; Greve, J.

    1995-01-01

    The feasibility of detecting small molecules such as pesticides using optical evanescent-wave sensors is discussed with emphasis on the Mach-Zehnder sensor and a newly developed sensor called a ‘critical’ sensor. For direct detection of an estimated average pesticide layer growth of 2×10−4 nm, the s

  11. Photonic Crystal Fibres: A New Calss of Optical Waveguides

    Broeng, Jes; Mogilevstev, D.; Barkou, Stig Eigil;

    1999-01-01

    Remarkable properties of optical fibers with a high-index core region and sorrounding silica/ air photonic crystal cladding have recently been reported. Here we discuss the physics, the special guiding properties, and the theoretical tools developed for the modeling of these photonic crystal fibers...

  12. Formation of color centers optical waveguide in LN crystal by implanting it with 3 MeV oxygen ions

    Optical waveguide was fabricated by implanting 3 MeV oxygen ions of 5×1014 and 1.5×1015 ions/cm2 into congruent lithium niobate (LN) crystals and annealing them at 200℃-500℃. Optical spectrum was used to investigation defects in the optical waveguide. The results revealed the reduction of Li ions in the implanted LN crystals. The absorption of LN crystal increased with the dose of oxygen ion. This showed that the color centers were formed increasingly with the oxygen ion dose. The color centers and defects affecting the optical absorption include oxygen vacancy, exciton, interstitial atoms and electrons captured by Nb ions occupying the Li ion site. The color centers and defects caused increase of the absorption in the implanted the LN crystals. The annealing temperature seemed to have little effect on reduction of color centers. The optical waveguide of the implanted LN crystal exhibits high temperature stability. (authors)

  13. Optically pumped planar waveguide lasers: Part II: Gain media, laser systems, and applications

    Grivas, Christos

    2016-01-01

    The field of optically pumped planar waveguide lasers has seen a rapid development over the last two decades driven by the requirements of a range of applications. This sustained research effort has led to the demonstration of a large variety of miniature highly efficient laser sources by combining different gain media and resonator geometries. One of the most attractive features of waveguide lasers is the broad range of regimes that they can operate, spanning from continuous wave and single frequency through to the generation of femtosecond pulses. Furthermore, their technology has experienced considerable advances to provide increased output power levels, deriving benefits from the relative immunity from the heat generated in the gain medium during laser operation and the use of cladding-pumped architectures. This second part of the review on optically pumped planar waveguide lasers provides a snapshot of the state-of-the-art research in this field in terms of gain materials, laser system designs, and as well as a perspective on the status of their application as real devices in various research areas.

  14. Recording of dynamic gratings in the nonlinear optical coating of a planar waveguide

    Kozhevnikov, N. M.; Korolev, A. E.; Koklyushkin, A. V.; Lipovskaya, M. Yu.; Nazarov, V. N.

    2003-04-01

    The possibility of controlled energy exchange between interfering waveguide modes in a singlemode planar waveguide with a nonlinear optical coating is analyzed. As the coating, a suspension of bacteriorhodopsin D96N was used, which makes it possible to realize two spectrally separated mechanisms of recording and controlling dynamic gratings, i.e., the spatial modulation of the trans-cis excitation rate and the spatial modulation of the cis-trans relaxation rate. The method of phase-modulated beams was used to implement the energy exchange. The dynamic gratings in the coating were recorded by using both radiation with a wavelength within the absorption band of the trans state (630 nm) and radiation with a wavelength within the absorption band of the cis state (440 nm). Efficient control of the energy exchange between the waveguide modes by means of uniform exposure of their interference region to radiation with another wavelength was observed. A completely integral geometrical layout for optically controlled energy exchange was realized. The results obtained are compared with known data on energy exchange between beams in the bulk of a similar nonlinear medium.

  15. Design of photonic crystal-based all-optical AND gate using T-shaped waveguide

    haq Shaik, Enaul; Rangaswamy, Nakkeeran

    2016-05-01

    We present a new configuration of all-optical AND gate based on two-dimensional photonic crystal composed of Si rods in air. Two AND gate structures with and without probe input are proposed. The proposed structures are designed with T-shaped waveguide without using nonlinear materials and optical amplifiers. The performance of the proposed AND gate structures is analyzed and simulated by plane-wave expansion and finite difference time domain methods. The AND gate without probe input needs only one T-shaped waveguide, whereas the AND gate with probe input needs two T-shaped waveguides. The former AND gate offers a bit rate of 6.26 Tbps with a contrast ratio of 5.74 dB, whereas the latter AND gate offers a bit rate of 3.58 Tbps whose contrast ratio is 9.66 dB. It can be expected that these small size T-shaped structures are suitable for large-scale integration and can potentially be used in on-chip photonic integrated circuits.

  16. Fast wavelength calibration method for spectrometers based on waveguide comb optical filter

    A novel fast wavelength calibration method for spectrometers based on a standard spectrometer and a double metal-cladding waveguide comb optical filter (WCOF) is proposed and demonstrated. By using the WCOF device, a wide-spectrum beam is comb-filtered, which is very suitable for spectrometer wavelength calibration. The influence of waveguide filter’s structural parameters and the beam incident angle on the comb absorption peaks’ wavelength and its bandwidth are also discussed. The verification experiments were carried out in the wavelength range of 200–1100 nm with satisfactory results. Comparing with the traditional wavelength calibration method based on discrete sparse atomic emission or absorption lines, the new method has some advantages: sufficient calibration data, high accuracy, short calibration time, fit for produce process, stability, etc

  17. Analysis of efficiently poled electro-optic polymer/Tio2 vertical slot waveguide modulators

    Enami, Y.; Nakamura, H.; Luo, J.; Jen, A. K.-Y.

    2016-03-01

    We analyze the advantages of an electro-optic (EO) polymer/TiO2 vertical slot waveguide modulator based on a low-index EO polymer (SEO125). This modulator can realize a lower half-wave voltage (Vπ)-electrode length (Le) product (VπLe) when compared with hybrid EO polymer (EOP)/sol-gel silica waveguide modulators because of the high mode confinement of the guided light and the high poling efficiency. We show the enhancement of the poling efficiency in these devices when the EO polymers are poled with TiO2 and sol-gel silica layers. We also enhance the EO coefficient to a level of 260 pm/V at a wavelength of 1.31 μm for a high-index EOP (SEO100) deposited on TiO2, a sol-gel silica cladding layer, and an additional interfacial layer.

  18. High efficiency all-optical diode based on photonic crystal waveguide

    Liu, Bin; Liu, Yun-Feng; Li, Shu-Jing; He, Xing-Dao

    2016-06-01

    A high efficiency all-optical diode based on photonic crystal (PC) waveguide has been proposed and numerically investigated by finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) method. The structure is asymmetrically coupled by a Fano cavity containing nonlinear Kerr medium and a F-P cavity in PC waveguide. Because of interference between two cavities, Fano peak and F-P peak can both appear in transmission spectra. Working wavelength is set between the two peaks and approaching to Fano peak. For forward launch with suitable light intensity, nonlinear Kerr effect of micro-cavity can be excited. It would result in red shift of Fano peak and achieving forward transmission. But due to the asymmetric design, backward launch need stronger incidence light to excite Kerr effect. This design has many advantages, including high maximum transmittance (>90%), high transmittance contrast ratio, low power threshold, short response time (picosecond level), ease of integration.

  19. High-speed waveguide electro-optic polarization modulator.

    Alferness, R C; Buhl, L L

    1982-10-01

    By careful electrode design we have achieved a 1.7-GHz modulation bandwidth for a Ti:LiNbO(3) integrated-optic TE ? TM mode-converter modulator. Because of the wavelength selectivity of this modulator, it is an attractive device for simultaneously providing multiplexing and signal encoding in future wavelength-multiplexed single-mode light-wave systems. PMID:19714070

  20. Novel materials and optical waveguide systems for silicon photonics

    Guider, Romain

    2009-01-01

    My research in these three years has been mainly focused on the characterization of structural and optical properties of three kinds of Si-based materials and devices. The first one is the study of SiOC thin films, carried within the TMR-POLYCERNET project financed by the European community. The scientific objective of this project is to create molecularly-tailored, nanostructured SiOC ceramics with unusual multifunctional properties, including photoluminescence. In addition these novel, p...

  1. Toward photostable multiplex analyte detection on a single mode planar optical waveguide

    Mukundan, Harshini [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Xei, Hongshi [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Anderson, Aaron S [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Grace, Wynne K [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Martinez, Jennifer S [NON LANL; Swanson, Basil [Los Alamos National Laboratory

    2009-01-01

    We have developed a waveguide-based optical biosensor for the sensitive and specific detection of biomarkers associated with disease. Our technology combines the superior optical properties of single-mode planar waveguides, the robust nature of functionalized self-assembled monolayer sensing films and the specificity of fluorescence sandwich immunoassays to detect biomarkers in complex biological samples such as serum, urine and sputum. We have previously reported the adaptation of our technology to the detection of biomarkers associated with breast cancer and anthrax. However, these approaches primarily used phospholipid bilayers as the functional film and organic dyes (ex: AlexaFluors) as the fluorescence reporter. Organic dyes are easily photodegraded and are not amenable to multiplexing because of their narrow Stokes' shift. Here we have developed strategies for conjugation of the detector antibodies with quantum dots for use in a multiplex detection platform. We have previously evaluated dihydroxylipoic acid quantum dots for the detection of a breast cancer biomarker. In this manuscript, we investigate the detection of the Bacillus anthracis protective antigen using antibodies conjugated with polymer-coated quantum dots. Kinetics of binding on the waveguide-based biosensor is reported. We compare the sensitivity of quantum dot labeled antibodies to those labeled with AlexaFluor and demonstrate the photostability of the former in our assay platform. In addition, we compare sulfydryl labeling of the antibody in the hinge region to that of nonspecific amine labeling. This is but the first step in developing a multiplex assay for such biomarkers on our waveguide platform.

  2. Toward photostable multiplex analyte detection on a single mode planar optical waveguide

    Mukundan, Harshini; Xie, Hongzhi; Anderson, Aaron; Grace, W. Kevin; Martinez, Jennifer S.; Swanson, Basil

    2009-02-01

    We have developed a waveguide-based optical biosensor for the sensitive and specific detection of biomarkers associated with disease. Our technology combines the superior optical properties of single-mode planar waveguides, the robust nature of functionalized self-assembled monolayer sensing films and the specificity of fluorescence sandwich immunoassays to detect biomarkers in complex biological samples such as serum, urine and sputum. We have previously reported the adaptation of our technology to the detection of biomarkers associated with breast cancer and anthrax. However, these approaches primarily used phospholipid bilayers as the functional film and organic dyes (ex: AlexaFluors) as the fluorescence reporter. Organic dyes are easily photodegraded and are not amenable to multiplexing because of their narrow Stokes' shift. Here we have developed strategies for conjugation of the detector antibodies with quantum dots for use in a multiplex detection platform. We have previously evaluated dihydroxylipoic acid quantum dots for the detection of a breast cancer biomarker. In this manuscript, we investigate the detection of the Bacillus anthracis protective antigen using antibodies conjugated with polymer-coated quantum dots. Kinetics of binding on the waveguide-based biosensor is reported. We compare the sensitivity of quantum dot labeled antibodies to those labeled with AlexaFluor and demonstrate the photostability of the former in our assay platform. In addition, we compare sulfydryl labeling of the antibody in the hinge region to that of nonspecific amine labeling. This is but the first step in developing a multiplex assay for such biomarkers on our waveguide platform.

  3. Direct milling and casting of polymer-based optical waveguides for improved transparency in the visible range

    Snakenborg, Detlef; Perozziello, Gerardo; Klank, Henning; Geschke, Oliver; Kutter, Jörg Peter

    2006-01-01

    integrated optical waveguides. Polymethylinethacrylate (PMMA) is dissolved in anisole and 'doped' with styrene-arcylonitrile copolymer to vary the refractive index. The doped PMMA with a higher refractive index is then spin coated onto a PMMA substrate with a lower refractive index to provide waveguide......Polymer waveguides fabricated from photoresist have an inherent high propagation loss in the short visible wavelength range caused by absorption due to the added photosensitizers. We have addressed this problem by development of two novel methods for the fabrication of microfluidic systems with...... properties. Direct micromilling enabled us to fabricate 100 mu m wide optical waveguides. Propagation losses of less than 1 dB cm(-1) could be achieved throughout the entire visual range down to a wavelength of 400 nm. A casting process amenable to high number production of such devices was furthermore...

  4. Characterization of optical waveguides with very different refractive-index contrasts

    Ondráček, František; Skalský, Miroslav; Čtyroký, Jiří

    Bellingham : SPIE The International Society for Optical Engineering, 2006 - (Tománek, P.; Hrabovský, M.; Miler, M.; Senderáková, D.), pp.618014.1-618014.6 ISBN 0-8194-6236-5. ISSN 0277-786X. - (Proceedings of SPIE. 6180). [ Photonics Prague 2005. International Conference on Photonics , Devices and Systems /5./. Prague (CZ), 08.06.2005-11.06.2005] R&D Projects: GA MŠk(CZ) OC 288.001; GA ČR(CZ) GA102/05/0987; GA ČR(CZ) GA104/03/0385 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z2067918 Keywords : integrated optics * planar waveguides * optical losses Subject RIV: BH - Optics, Masers, Lasers

  5. Highly tunable Terahertz filter with magneto-optical Bragg grating formed in semiconductor-insulator-semiconductor waveguides

    Kangwen Li; Xunpeng Ma; Zuyin Zhang; Lina Wang; Haifeng Hu; Yun Xu; Guofeng Song

    2013-01-01

    A highly tunable terahertz (THz) filter with magneto-optical Bragg grating formed in semiconductor-insulator-semiconductor waveguides is proposed and demonstrated numerically by means of the Finite Element Method. The results reveal that a sharp peak with high Q-value presents in the band gap of Bragg grating waveguide with a defect, and the position of the sharp peak can be modified greatly by changing the intensity of the transverse magnetic field applied to the device. Compared to the situ...

  6. Variable temperature spectroscopy of as-grown and passivated CdS nanowire optical waveguide cavities.

    van Vugt, Lambert K; Piccione, Brian; Cho, Chang-Hee; Aspetti, Carlos; Wirshba, Aaron D; Agarwal, Ritesh

    2011-04-28

    Semiconductor nanowire waveguide cavities hold promise for nanophotonic applications such as lasers, waveguides, switches, and sensors due to the tight optical confinement in these structures. However, to realize their full potential, high quality nanowires, whose emission at low temperatures is dominated by free exciton emission, need to be synthesized. In addition, a proper understanding of their complex optical properties, including light-matter coupling in these subwavelength structures, is required. We have synthesized very high-quality wurztite CdS nanowires capped with a 5 nm SiO(2) conformal coating with diameters spanning 100-300 nm using physical vapor and atomic layer deposition techniques and characterized their spatially resolved photoluminescence over the 77-298 K temperature range. In addition to the Fabry-Pérot resonator modulated emission from the ends of the wires, the low temperature emission from the center of the wire shows clear free excitonic peaks and LO phonon replicas, persisting up to room-temperature in the passivated wires. From laser scanning measurements we determined the absorption in the vicinity of the excitonic resonances. In addition to demonstrating the high optical quality of the nanowire crystals, these results provide the fundamental parameters for strong light-matter coupling studies, potentially leading to low threshold polariton lasers, sensitive sensors and optical switches at the nanoscale. PMID:21214218

  7. Vertical optical ring resonators fully integrated with nanophotonic waveguides on silicon-on-insulator substrates

    Madani, Abbas; Kleinert, Moritz; Stolarek, David; Zimmermann, Lars; Ma, Libo; Schmidt, Oliver G.

    2015-08-01

    We demonstrate full integration of vertical optical ring resonators with silicon nanophotonic waveguides on silicon-on-insulator substrates to accomplish a significant step towards 3D photonic integration. The on-chip integration is realized by rolling up 2D differentially strained TiO2 nanomembranes into 3D microtube cavities on a nanophotonic microchip. The integration configuration allows for out of plane optical coupling between the in-plane nanowaveguides and the vertical microtube cavities as a compact and mechanically stable optical unit, which could enable refined vertical light transfer in 3D stacks of multiple photonic layers. In this vertical transmission scheme, resonant filtering of optical signals at telecommunication wavelengths is demonstrated based on subwavelength thick walled microcavities. Moreover, an array of microtube cavities is prepared and each microtube cavity is integrated with multiple waveguides which opens up interesting perspectives towards parallel and multi-routing through a single cavity device as well as high-throughput optofluidic sensing schemes.

  8. Vibrational optical activity

    Recent vibrational activity (VOA) research is discussed. The vibrational circular dichroism (VCD) experiments were carried out with a Fourier transform infrared spectrometer. One of the major anticipations from VOA spectroscopy is to be able to derive new pathways for determining the molecular structure. Shown is Fourier transform infrared absorption and VCD spectra of lyxopyranose in pyradine-d5 solvent. Raman optical activity measurements are discussed, and depolarized Raman and Raman optical activity spectra for (+)-alpha-pinene are presented. It was concluded that at present Raman optical activity can be measured in the entire vibrational spectral region, where as VCD has not been measured below 600 cm-1

  9. Modelling of Active Semiconductor Photonic Crystal Waveguides and Robust Designs based on Topology Optimization

    Chen, Yaohui; Wang, Fengwen; Ek, Sara; Jensen, Jakob Søndergaard; Sigmund, Ole; Mørk, Jesper

    2011-01-01

    In this paper, we present a theoretical analysis of slow-light enhanced light amplification in an active semiconductor photonic crystal line defect waveguide. The impact of enhanced light-matter interactions on propagation effects and local carrier dynamics are investigated in the framework of the...... Lorentz reciprocity theorem. We highlight topology optimization as a systematic and robust design methodology considering manufacturing imperfections in optimizing active photonic crystal device performances, and compare the performance of standard photonic crystal waveguides with optimized structures....

  10. Optical fiber waveguide sensor for the colorimetric detection of ammonia

    Schmitt, Katrin; Rist, Jonas; Peter, Carolin; Wöllenstein, Jürgen

    2011-06-01

    We present the development and characterization of a fiber-optic colorimetric gas sensor combined with the electronic circuitry for measurement control and RFID communication. The gas sensor detects ammonia using a 300 μm polyolefin fiber coated with a gas-sensitive polymer film. The spectral and time-dependent sensitivity of various polymer films was tested in transmission measurements. Light from a standard LED at λ = 590 nm was coupled into the polyolefin fiber through the front face. A prototype of the gas sensor with the direct coupling method was tested under realistic measurement conditions, i.e. battery-driven and in a completely autonomous mode. The sensor system showed good sensitivity to the ammonia concentrations and response times in the order of minutes. The achievable power consumption was below 100μW.The films contained the pH-sensitive dyes bromocresol purple or bromophenol blue embedded in either ethyl cellulose or polyvinyl butyral, and optionally tributyl phosphate as plasticizer. The bromophenol blue based films showed a strong reaction to ammonia, with saturation concentrations around 1000 ppm and response times of about 15 seconds to 100ppm. The colorimetric reaction was simulated using a simple kinetic model which was in good agreement with the experimental results.

  11. Optical absorption in transparent PDMS materials applied for multimode waveguides fabrication

    Cai, D. K.; Neyer, A.; Kuckuk, R.; Heise, H. M.

    2008-03-01

    The optical properties of transparent PDMS polymer materials, which can be integrated into general printed circuit board (PCB) for data communication, are of great interest due to the substantial market expectations for the near future. For the present paper, it was found that the absorption loss in polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) is mainly caused by the vibrational overtone and combination bands of the CH 3-groups of the polymer in the spectral datacom region of 600-900 nm. Based on observed positions of fundamental, overtone and combination bands of the methyl-group, as recorded within the mid- and near-infrared spectra, anharmonicity constants and normal vibration frequencies were determined. Thus, an empirical equation for estimating the wavelengths with the most significant intrinsic absorption loss due to the corresponding band positions was formulated, which was found to agree well with the experimental data. In addition, PDMS multimode waveguides were fabricated and the respective optical insertion loss was measured at 850 nm, which is commercially used for optical datacom transmission and finally the thermal stability of PDMS multimode waveguides was verified as well.

  12. The Design Multi Ratio Optical Splitter (MROS based on Plannar Waveguide for an Effective Power Usage

    Mohammad Syuhaimi Ab-Rahman

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, we present the design of Multi Ratio Optical Splitter (MROS based on planar waveguide with SU-8 polymer material. The technology ensures low cost fabrication and excellent performance as compared to conventional technique that uses fused coupler for optical splitter fabrication. The MROS is suggested to be used in passive customer access network FTTH-PON in power management in maximizing the consumption. With this, the distance can be extended as compare to the theoretical distance (20 km. It is the first time reported. The problems arose such as the loss of output power is also discussed. The simulation result shows that various factors; namely the width of waveguide, refractive index and wide-angle branching will increase the output power loss. To obtain maximum power, the optimization of those parameters’ value must be used. This designed optical splitter is operated at wavelength 1500 nm – 1600 nm. In this study, we characterized the trend of total output power with the effect of the parameters studied.

  13. Transferable Integrated Optical SU8 Devices: From Micronic Waveguides to 1D-Nanostructures

    Nolwenn Huby

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available We report on optical components for integrated optics applications at the micro- and nanoscale. Versatile shapes and dimensions are achievable due to the liquid phase processability of SU8 resist. On the one hand, by adjusting the UV-lithography process, waveguiding structures are patterned and released from their original substrate. They can be replaced on any other substrate and also immerged in liquid wherein they still show off efficient light confinement. On the other hand, filled and hollow 1D-nanostructures are achievable by the wetting template method. By exploiting the large range of available SU8 viscosities, nanowires of diameter ranging between 50 nm and 240 nm, as well as nanotubes of controllable wall thickness are presented. Optical injection, propagation, and coupling in such nanostructures are relevant for highly integrated devices.

  14. Measurement of film thickness up to several hundreds of nanometers using optical waveguide lightmode spectroscopy.

    Picart, Catherine; Gergely, Csilla; Arntz, Youri; Voegel, Jean-Claude; Schaaf, Pierre; Cuisinier, Frédéric J G; Senger, Bernard

    2004-10-15

    Up to now, most studies based on optical waveguide lightmode spectroscopy (OWLS) were dedicated to thin adlayers, assumed to be isotropic and homogeneous, for which data analysis was based on an approximation of the mode equations valid when the thickness is small with respect to the wavelength of the laser light. The aim of the present paper is to extend the use of OWLS to thicker deposited layers (up to approximately 400 nm). Both the simplified and extended models are compared in terms of optical parameters, i.e. the refractive index nA, the thickness dA, and the optical mass QA, for experimental data obtained with polyelectrolyte multilayer films. The deviation of these parameters can be quite large when derived using the simplified model instead of the extended model. This observation evidences that OWLS is well suited for the study of "thick" films if the appropriate model is applied to the data analysis. PMID:15494239

  15. Tunable all-optical plasmonic diode based on Fano resonance in nonlinear waveguide coupled with cavities.

    Fan, Cairong; Shi, Fenghua; Wu, Hongxing; Chen, Yihang

    2015-06-01

    Tunable all-optical plasmonic diode is proposed based on the Fano resonance in an asymmetric and nonlinear system, comprising metal-insulator-metal waveguides coupled with nanocavities. The spatial asymmetry of the system gives rise to the nonreciprocity of the field localizations at the nonlinear gap between the coupled cavities and to the nonreciprocal nonlinear response. Nonlinear Fano resonance, originating from the interference between the discrete cavity mode and the continuum traveling mode, is observed and effectively tuned by changing the input power. By combining the unidirectional nonlinear response with the steep dispersion of the Fano asymmetric line shape, a transmission contrast ratio up to 41.46 dB can be achieved between forward and backward transmission. Our all-optical plasmonic diode with compact structure can find important applications in integrated optical nanocircuits. PMID:26030529

  16. Ultrabroadband Electro-Optic Modulator Based on Hybrid Silicon-Polymer Dual Vertical Slot Waveguide

    Shouyuan Shi

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available We present a novel hybrid silicon-polymer dual slot waveguide for high speed and ultra-low driving voltage electro-optic (EO modulation. The proposed design utilizes the unique properties of ferroelectric materials such as LiNbO3 to achieve dual RF and optical modes within a low index nanoslot. The tight mode concentration and overlap in the slot allow the infiltrated organic EO polymers to experience enhanced nonlinear interaction with the applied electric field. Half-wavelength voltage-length product and electro-optic response are rigorously simulated to characterize the proposed design, which reveals ultrabroadband operation, up to 250 GHz, and subvolt driving voltage for a 1 cm long modulator.

  17. Nonlinear conversion in optical waveguide filled with NaNO2

    This paper contains the first experimental results of nonlinear conversion in optical waveguide filled with solid nonlinear media. The experimental sample was made from SiO2 fiber of the 1.6 cm length. During the pumping of the sample by the pulse laser, the generation of second harmonic radiation was observed at the whole length of the sample filled with NaNO2. Despite the visibility of this effect, the detected signal was rather weak due to the scattering inside the fiber. Nevertheless, the successful experiment presented in this work may lead to the future development of new nonlinear devices using photonic crystal fiber filled with solid nonlinear medium

  18. Extraction of optical Bloch modes in a photonic-crystal waveguide

    Huisman, S R; Stobbe, S; Herek, J L; Lodahl, P; Vos, W L; Pinkse, P W H

    2011-01-01

    We perform phase-sensitive near-field scanning optical microscopy on photonic-crystal waveguides. The observed intricate field patterns are analyzed by spatial Fourier transformations, revealing several guided TE- and TM-like modes. Using the reconstruction algorithm proposed by Ha, et al. (Opt. Lett. 34 (2009)), we decompose the measured two-dimensional field pattern in a superposition of propagating Bloch modes. This opens new possibilities to study specific modes in near-field measurements. We apply the method to study the transverse behavior of a guided TE-like mode, where the mode extends deeper in the surrounding photonic crystal when the band edge is approached.

  19. Study on photonic angular momentum states in coaxial magneto-optical waveguides

    Yang, Mu; Wu, Li-Ting; Guo, Tian-Jing; Guo, Rui-Peng; Cui, Hai-Xu; Cao, Xue-Wei; Chen, Jing

    2014-10-01

    By rigorously solving Maxwell's equations, we develop a full-wave electromagnetic theory for the study of photonic angular momentum states (PAMSs) in coaxial magneto-optical (MO) waveguides. Paying attention to a metal-MO-metal coaxial configuration, we show that the dispersion curves of the originally degenerated PAMSs experience a splitting, which are determined by the off-diagonal permittivity tensor element of the MO medium. We emphasize that this broken degeneracy in dispersion relation is accompanied by modified distributions of field component and transverse energy flux. A qualitative analysis about the connection between the split dispersion behavior and the field distribution is provided. Potential applications are discussed.

  20. Self-reflection of extremely short light pulses in nonlinear optical waveguides

    Kurasov, Alexander E.; Kozlov, Sergei A.

    2004-07-01

    An equation describing the generation of reflected radiation during the propagation of high-intensity extremely short pulses in a nonlinear optical waveguide is derived. The phenomena taking place during the strong self-inducted changes of the temporal structure of the forward wave are studied. It is shown that the duration of the backward pulse is much greater than the duration of the forward pulse and that the main part of the energy of the backward wave is carried by lower frequencies than the central frequency of the forward wave.

  1. High Concentrating GaAs Cell Operation Using Optical Waveguide Solar Energy System

    Nakamura, T.; Case, J. A.; Timmons, M. L.

    2004-01-01

    This paper discusses the result of the concentrating photovoltaic (CPV) cell experiments conducted with the Optical Waveguide (OW) Solar Energy System. The high concentration GaAs cells developed by Research Triangle Institute (RTI) were combined with the OW system in a "fiber-on-cell" configuration. The sell performance was tested up to the solar concentration of 327. Detailed V-I characteristics, power density and efficiency data were collected. It was shown that the CPV cells combined with the OW solar energy system will be an effective electric power generation device.

  2. Photobleaching of polydiacetylene waveguides: a characterization of the process and patterning of optical elements

    Palchetti, Luca; Li, Qu; Giorgetti, Emilia; Grando, Daniela; Sottini, Stefano

    1997-02-01

    The photobleaching process of poly-3butoxyl-carbonyl-methyl-urethane (poly-3BCMU) waveguides by means of an UV lamp and the 488-nm line of an Ar laser is characterized and modeled. The limits of the theory are discussed in light of experimental results, and we stress the role of the oxygen diffusion rate on the process. Finally, we adopt the photobleaching method to pattern a guided-wave micro-optic device and holographic diffraction gratings on spun poly-3BCMU films.

  3. Controlling Single-Photon Transport along an Optical Waveguide by using a Three-Level Atom

    TIAN Wei; CHEN Bin; XU Wei-Dong

    2012-01-01

    We theoretically investigate the single-photon transport properties in an optical waveguide embedded with a V-type three-level atom (VTLA) based on symmetric and asymmetric couplings between the photon and the VTLA.Our numerical results show that the transmission spectrum of the incident photon can be well controlled by virtue of both symmetric and asymmetric coupling interactions.A multifrequency photon attenuator is realized by controlling the asymmetric coupling interactions.Furthermore,the influences of dissipation of the VTLA for the realistic physical system on single-photon transport properties are also analyzed.

  4. SOI-Based 16×16 Thermo-Optic Waveguide Switch Matrix

    CHEN Yuan-Yuan; LI Yan-Ping; SUN Fei; YANG Di; CHEN Shao-Wu; YU Jin-Zhong

    2006-01-01

    @@ A 16 × 16 thermo-optic waveguide switch matrix has been designed and fabricated on silicon-on-insulator wafer.For reducing device length, blocking switch matrix configuration is chosen. The building block of the matrix is a 2 × 2 switch cell with a Mach-Zehnder interferometer configuration, where a multi-mode interferometer serves as splitter/combiners. Spot size converters and isolating grooves are integrated on the same chip to reduce loss and power consumption. Average power consumption of the switch cell is 220mW. The switching time of a switch cell is less than 3 μs.

  5. Study on photonic angular momentum states in coaxial magneto-optical waveguides

    By rigorously solving Maxwell's equations, we develop a full-wave electromagnetic theory for the study of photonic angular momentum states (PAMSs) in coaxial magneto-optical (MO) waveguides. Paying attention to a metal-MO-metal coaxial configuration, we show that the dispersion curves of the originally degenerated PAMSs experience a splitting, which are determined by the off-diagonal permittivity tensor element of the MO medium. We emphasize that this broken degeneracy in dispersion relation is accompanied by modified distributions of field component and transverse energy flux. A qualitative analysis about the connection between the split dispersion behavior and the field distribution is provided. Potential applications are discussed.

  6. Optical waveguiding and applied photonics technological aspects, experimental issue approaches and measurements

    Massaro, Alessandro

    2012-01-01

    Optoelectronics--technology based on applications light such as micro/nano quantum electronics, photonic devices, laser for measurements and detection--has become an important field of research. Many applications and physical problems concerning optoelectronics are analyzed in Optical Waveguiding and Applied Photonics.The book is organized in order to explain how to implement innovative sensors starting from basic physical principles. Applications such as cavity resonance, filtering, tactile sensors, robotic sensor, oil spill detection, small antennas and experimental setups using lasers are a

  7. All-channel tunable optical dispersion compensator based on linear translation of a waveguide grating router.

    Sinefeld, David; Ben-Ezra, Shalva; Doerr, Christopher R; Marom, Dan M

    2011-04-15

    We propose and demonstrate a compact tunable optical dispersion compensation (TODC) device with a 100 GHz free spectral range capable of mitigating chromatic dispersion impairments. The TODC is based on longitudinal movement of a waveguide grating router, resulting in chromatic dispersion compensation of ±1000 ps/nm. We employed our TODC device for compensating 42.8 Gbit/sec differential phase-shifting keying signal, transmitted over 50 km fiber with a -2 dB power penalty at 10⁻⁹. PMID:21499373

  8. A Theoretical Model of All-optical Switching Induced by a Soliton Pulse in Nano-waveguide Ring Resonator

    We propose a theoretical model of 1×2 all-optical switching in a silicon nano-waveguide ring resonator induced by a soliton pulse. All-optical switches made by silicon fiber or silicon waveguide have attracted much attention, because the low-absorption wavelength windows of silicon material just match optical fiber communication. However, to achieve all-optical switching in silicon is challenging owing to its relatively weak nonlinear optical properties and require high switching power, which is much higher than the signal power. Such high power is inappropriate for effective on-chip integration. To overcome this limitation, we have used a highly confined nano-waveguide ring resonator structure with soliton pulse input to enhance the nonlinearity and this leads to enhance the effect of refractive index change on the transmission response. The refractive index is changed by controlling the free-carrier concentration through two-photon absorption (TPA) effect. The result indicates that a refractive index change as small as 6.4×10−3 can reduce the switching power to 2.38 ×10−6 W. The nano-waveguide ring resonator all-optical switching described here is achieved by using the concept of strong light confinement, and the switching power is approximately three orders of magnitude lower than the available silicon optical switches. Such controllable switch is desired for achieving high performance in nanometer-size planar structures.

  9. Integration of silicon-loaded nanoplasmonic waveguides onto a micro-machined characterization beam for nonlinear optics applications

    Sederberg, S.; Elezzabi, A. Y.

    2015-10-01

    Silicon-loaded nanoplasmonic waveguides were integrated onto a micron-scale characterization beam to allow for accurate and efficient nonlinear optical characterization. The waveguides consist of a 95 nm × 340 nm silicon core that is capped by a 60 nm thick gold film. The characterization beam is formed by precision cleaving one waveguide end facet and by deep silicon etching the substrate area adjacent to the other end facet. This configuration allows input radiation to be coupled directly to the waveguides using a microscope objective and output radiation to be out-coupled with a lensed single-mode optical fiber. The fabrication steps are characterized via scanning electron microscopy at various points throughout the process. The fabricated devices are optically characterized using an ultrafast nonlinear pump-probe time-domain spectroscopy setup. Ultrafast all-optical modulation is measured in the waveguides on two timescales: τ1 = 1.98 ± 0.40 ps and τ2 = 17.9 ± 6.8 ps.

  10. Polymer waveguides self-organized by two-photon photochemistry for self-aligned optical couplings with wide misalignment tolerances

    Yoshimura, Tetsuzo; Takeda, Daisuke; Sato, Takuya; Kinugasa, Yoshihiko; Nawata, Hideyuki

    2016-03-01

    Self-organized optical waveguides formed in a photopolymer using two-photon photochemistry is proposed for self-aligned optical couplings involving nano-scale optical devices with wide tolerances in lateral misalignments. Simulations based on the finite-difference time-domain method revealed that on introducing a 400-nm write beam and a 780-nm write beam into the two-photon photopolymer respectively from two 600-nm-wide waveguides facing each other with 32 μm gap a self-aligned coupling waveguide called a two-photon self-organized lightwave network (SOLNET) is formed between the two waveguides. The lateral misalignment tolerance was found to be 3000 nm, which is five times larger than the misalignment limit of ~600 nm in waveguides formed by conventional one-photon photochemistry. Preliminary experiments demonstrated that the two-photon SOLNETs are formed between multimode optical fibers by introducing a 448-nm write beam and a 780-nm (or 856-nm) write beam from the fibers into a photosensitive organic/inorganic hybrid material, SUNCONNECT®, with doped camphorquinone (or biacetyl).

  11. Development of embedded Mach–Zehnder optical waveguide structures in polydimethylsiloxane thin films by proton beam writing

    Kada, W., E-mail: kada.wataru@gunma-u.ac.jp [Graduate School of Science and Technology, Gunma University, 1-5-1 Tenjincho, Kiryu, Gunma 376-8515 (Japan); Miura, K. [Graduate School of Science and Technology, Gunma University, 1-5-1 Tenjincho, Kiryu, Gunma 376-8515 (Japan); Kato, H. [Department of Electrical Engineering, Shibaura Institute of Technology, 3-7-5 Toyosu, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-8548 (Japan); Saruya, R.; Kubota, A. [Graduate School of Science and Technology, Gunma University, 1-5-1 Tenjincho, Kiryu, Gunma 376-8515 (Japan); Satoh, T.; Koka, M.; Ishii, Y.; Kamiya, T. [Takasaki Advanced Radiation Research Institute, Japan Atomic Energy Agency, 1233 Watanuki, Takasaki, Gunma 370-1292 (Japan); Nishikawa, H. [Department of Electrical Engineering, Shibaura Institute of Technology, 3-7-5 Toyosu, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-8548 (Japan); Hanaizumi, O. [Graduate School of Science and Technology, Gunma University, 1-5-1 Tenjincho, Kiryu, Gunma 376-8515 (Japan)

    2015-04-01

    A focused 750 keV proton microbeam was used to fabricate an embedded Mach–Zehnder (MZ) optical waveguide in a polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) film for interferometer application. The sample position was precisely controlled by a mechanical stage together with scanning microbeam to form an embedded MZ waveguide structure within an area of 0.3 mm × 40 mm. The MZ waveguides with core size of 8 μm was successfully embedded in PDMS film at a depth of 18 μm by 750 keV proton microbeam with fluences from 10 to 100 nC/mm{sup 2}. The MZ waveguides were coupled with an IR fiber-laser with a center wavelength of 1550 nm and evaluated by using the transmitted intensity images from an IR vidicon camera. The results indicate that the embedded MZ waveguide structure in PDMS achieved single spot light propagation, which is necessary for building optical switching circuits based on polymer MZ waveguides.

  12. Direct laser-writing of ferroelectric single-crystal waveguide architectures in glass for 3D integrated optics

    Stone, Adam; Jain, Himanshu; Dierolf, Volkmar; Sakakura, Masaaki; Shimotsuma, Yasuhiko; Miura, Kiyotaka; Hirao, Kazuyuki; Lapointe, Jerome; Kashyap, Raman

    2015-05-01

    Direct three-dimensional laser writing of amorphous waveguides inside glass has been studied intensely as an attractive route for fabricating photonic integrated circuits. However, achieving essential nonlinear-optic functionality in such devices will also require the ability to create high-quality single-crystal waveguides. Femtosecond laser irradiation is capable of crystallizing glass in 3D, but producing optical-quality single-crystal structures suitable for waveguiding poses unique challenges that are unprecedented in the field of crystal growth. In this work, we use a high angular-resolution electron diffraction method to obtain the first conclusive confirmation that uniform single crystals can be grown inside glass by femtosecond laser writing under optimized conditions. We confirm waveguiding capability and present the first quantitative measurement of power transmission through a laser-written crystal-in-glass waveguide, yielding loss of 2.64 dB/cm at 1530 nm. We demonstrate uniformity of the crystal cross-section down the length of the waveguide and quantify its birefringence. Finally, as a proof-of-concept for patterning more complex device geometries, we demonstrate the use of dynamic phase modulation to grow symmetric crystal junctions with single-pass writing.

  13. Optical modulation at around 1550 nm in a InGaAlAs optical waveguide containing a InGaAs/AlAs resonant tunnelling diode

    Figueiredo, J M L; Stanley, C R; Ironside, C N; McMeekin, S G; Leite, A M P

    1999-01-01

    We report electro-absorption modulation of light at around 1550 nm in a unipolar InGaAlAs optical waveguide containing a InGaAs/AlAs double-barrier resonant tunneling diode (DB-RTD). The RTD peak-to-valley transition increases the electric field across the waveguide, which shifts the core material absorption band-edge to longer wavelengths via the Franz-Keldysh effect, thus changing the light-guiding characteristics of the waveguide. Low-frequency characterisation of a device shows modulation up to 28 dB at 1565 nm. When dc biased close to the negative differential conductance (NDC) region, the RTD optical waveguide behaves as an electro-absorption modulator integrated with a wide bandwidth electrical amplifier, offering a potential advantage over conventional pn modulators.

  14. Amplified spontaneous emission in active channel waveguides produced by electron-beam lithography in LiF crystals

    In this letter we report the observation of amplified spontaneous emission of the red light from LiF:F2 centers in active channel waveguides realized by electron-beam lithography in lithium fluoride crystals. Low pumping power densities have been used in quasi-continuous-wave regime at room temperature; the appreciable values of the gain coefficients, 4.67 cm-1 with an exciting power density of 0.31 W/cm2 at 458 nm, make this material a good candidate for the realization of active integrated optical devices. [copyright] 2001 American Institute of Physics

  15. Optical modulation at around 1550 nm in an InGaAlAs optical waveguide containing an InGaAs/AlAs resonant tunneling diode

    Figueiredo, J.M.L.; Boyd, A.R.; Stanley, C.R.; Ironside, C. N.; McMeekin, S.G.; Leite, A. M. P.

    1999-01-01

    We report electroabsorption modulation of light at around 1550 nm in a unipolar InGaAlAs optical waveguide containing an InGaAs/AlAs double-barrier resonant tunneling diode ~RTD!. The RTD peak-to-valley transition increases the electric field across the waveguide, which shifts the core material absorption band edge to longer wavelengths via the Franz–Keldysh effect, thus changing the light-guiding characteristics of the waveguide. Low-frequency characterization of a device shows...

  16. Technique for determining the angular orientation of molecules bound to the surface of an arbitrary planar optical waveguide.

    Mendes, Sergio B; Bradshaw, John Thomas; Saavedra, S Scott

    2004-01-01

    A technique to determine the angular orientation of a molecular assembly bound to the surface of a planar optical waveguide of arbitrary structure is described. The approach is based on measuring the absorption dichroic ratio by using the waveguide evanescent fields with orthogonal polarizations (TE, TM) and the same mode order to probe two molecular assemblies, (i) a reference sample composed of an isotropic orientation distribution of dipoles and (ii) a sample of interest. The isotropic sample is used to characterize the waveguide structure, which then allows the orientation parameters of a molecular assembly under investigation to be determined from a measured dichroic ratio. The method developed here is particularly important for applications in gradient-index and multilayer planar waveguide platforms because in those cases the extension of previously reported approaches would require a full experimental characterization of the guiding structure, which would be problematic and may yield inaccurate results. PMID:14714646

  17. The optical properties of planar waveguides in LiB3O5 crystals formed by Cu+ implantation

    A planar optical waveguide has been formed in a LiB3O5 crystal using 6.0 MeV Cu+-ions with a dose of 1 x 1015 ions/cm2 at room temperature. Possible propagating modes were measured at a wavelength of 633 nm using the prism-coupling method. The refractive index profiles of the waveguide were reconstructed by an effective refractive index method and the beam propagation method was used to investigate the properties of the propagation modes in the formed waveguide. The results suggest that the fundamental TE0 and TM0 modes may be well-confined and propagate a longer distance inside the waveguide. The implantation process was also simulated using the transport of ions in matter code (TRIM), which indicates that the nuclear energy deposition may be the main factor for the refractive index change

  18. Active optical clock

    CHEN JingBiao

    2009-01-01

    This article presents the principles and techniques of active optical clock, a special laser combining the laser physics of one-atom laser, bad-cavity gas laser, super-cavity stabilized laser and optical atomic clock together. As a simple example, an active optical clock based on thermal strontium atomic beam shows a quantum-limited linewidth of 0.51 Hz, which is insensitive to laser cavity-length noise, and may surpass the recorded narrowest 6.7 Hz of Hg ion optical clock and 1.5 Hz of very recent optical lattice clock. The estimated 0.1 Hz one-second instability and 0.27 Hz uncertainty are limited only by the rela-tivistic Doppler effect, and can be improved by cold atoms.

  19. Integrating III-V, Si, and polymer waveguides for optical interconnects: RAPIDO

    Aalto, Timo; Harjanne, Mikko; Offrein, Bert-Jan; Caër, Charles; Neumeyr, Christian; Malacarne, Antonio; Guina, Mircea; Sheehan, Robert N.; Peters, Frank H.; Melanen, Petri

    2016-03-01

    We present a vision for the hybrid integration of advanced transceivers at 1.3 μm wavelength, and the progress done towards this vision in the EU-funded RAPIDO project. The final goal of the project is to make five demonstrators that show the feasibility of the proposed concepts to make optical interconnects and packet-switched optical networks that are scalable to Pb/s systems in data centers and high performance computing. Simplest transceivers are to be made by combining directly modulated InP VCSELs with 12 μm SOI multiplexers to launch, for example, 200 Gbps data into a single polymer waveguide with 4 channels to connect processors on a single line card. For more advanced transceivers we develop novel dilute nitride amplifiers and modulators that are expected to be more power-efficient and temperatureinsensitive than InP devices. These edge-emitting III-V chips are flip-chip bonded on 3 μm SOI chips that also have polarization and temperature independent multiplexers and low-loss coupling to the 12 μm SOI interposers, enabling to launch up to 640 Gbps data into a standard single mode (SM) fiber. In this paper we present a number of experimental results, including low-loss multiplexers on SOI, zero-birefringence Si waveguides, micron-scale mirrors and bends with 0.1 dB loss, direct modulation of VCSELs up to 40 Gbps, +/-0.25μm length control for dilute nitride SOA, strong band edge shifts in dilute nitride EAMs and SM polymer waveguides with 0.4 dB/cm loss.

  20. Complete magneto-optical TE-TM mode conversion in Cd1-xMnxTe waveguide for integrated optical isolator

    Complete magneto-optical mode conversion was obtained in a 500 nm-thick graded-refractive-index Cd1-xMnxTe waveguide grown on GaAs substrate. For the annealed waveguide, significant improvement of the complete mode conversion ratio was achieved up to 35 nm operational wavelength range. The Cd1-xMnxTe waveguide also showed very low optical loss of 0.2 dB/cm, high magneto-optical figure-of-merit of more than 1000 deg/dB/kG and isolation ratio of more than 20 dB. This result is an important step toward achieving a practical integrated optical isolator. (copyright 2006 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  1. Micromachining of ridge optical waveguides on top of He+-implanted β-BaB2O4 crystals by femtosecond laser ablation

    We report on a technique for the fabrication of ridge optical waveguides on top of β-BaB2O4 (BBO) crystals. The BBO crystals were first implanted by He+ ions to form planar optical waveguides. In the second step, the femtosecond laser ablation technique was employed for micromachining of ridge-type optical waveguides. A thorough study of material-specific ablation parameters for BBO has been performed in order to achieve ablated structures with smooth sidewalls. A further process of Ar+ ion smoothing in a plasma chamber was used to reduce the sidewall roughness of the ablated ridges from 75 to 35 nm root mean square. We demonstrated optical waveguiding in these femtosecond-ablated plasma-treated waveguides and measured total propagation losses of less than 10 dB/cm at 532 nm, making them suitable for nonlinear- and electro-optical applications

  2. Waveguide-type optical passive ring resonator gyro using frequency modulation spectroscopy technique

    Liang, Ning; Lijun, Guo; Mei, Kong; Tuoyuan, Chen

    2014-12-01

    This paper reports the experimental results of silica on a silicon ring resonator in a resonator micro optic gyroscope based on the frequency modulation spectroscopy technique by our research group. The ring resonator is composed of a 4 cm diameter silica waveguide. By testing at λ = 1550 nm, the FSR, FWHM and the depth of resonance are 3122 MHz, 103.07 MHz and 0.8 respectively. By using a polarization controller, the resonance curve under the TM mode can be inhibited. The depth of resonance increased from 0.8 to 0.8913, namely the finesse increase from 30.33 to 33.05. In the experiments, there is an acoustic-optical frequency shifter (AOFS) in each light loop. We lock the lasing frequency at the resonance frequency of the silica waveguide ring resonator for the counterclockwise lightwave; the frequency difference between the driving frequencies of the two AOFS is equivalent to the Sagnac frequency difference caused by gyro rotation. Thus, the gyro output is observed. The slope of the linear fit is about 0.330 mV/(°/s) based on the -900 to 900 kHz equivalent frequency and the gyro dynamic range is ±2.0 × 103 rad/s.

  3. Turnable Semiconductor Laser Spectroscopy in Hollow Optical Waveguides, Phase II SBIR

    Gregory J. Fetzer, Ph.D.

    2001-12-24

    In this study a novel optical trace gas sensor based on a perforated hollow waveguide (PHW) was proposed. The sensor has been given the acronym ESHOW for Environmental Sensor using Hollow Optical Waveguides. Realizations of the sensor have demonstrated rapid response time (<2s), low minimum detection limits (typically around 3 x 10-5 absorbance). Operation of the PHW technology has been demonstrated in the near-infrared (NIR) and mid0infrared (MIR) regions of the spectrum. Simulation of sensor performance provided in depth understanding of the signals and signal processing required to provide high sensitivity yet retain rapid response to gas changes. A dedicated sensor electronics and software foundation were developed during the course of the Phase II effort. Commercial applications of the sensor are ambient air and continuous emissions monitoring, industrial process control and hazardous waste site monitoring. There are numerous other applications for such a sensor including medical diagnosis and treatment, breath analysis for legal purposes, water quality assessment, combustion diagnostics, and chemical process control. The successful completion of Phase II resulted in additional funding of instrument development by the Nations Institute of Heath through a Phase I SBIR grant and a strategic teaming relationship with a commercial manufacture of medical instrumentation. The purpose of the NIH grant and teaming relationship is to further develop the sensor to monitor NO in exhaled breath for the purposes of asthma diagnosis.

  4. Waveguide-type optical passive ring resonator gyro using frequency modulation spectroscopy technique

    This paper reports the experimental results of silica on a silicon ring resonator in a resonator micro optic gyroscope based on the frequency modulation spectroscopy technique by our research group. The ring resonator is composed of a 4 cm diameter silica waveguide. By testing at λ = 1550 nm, the FSR, FWHM and the depth of resonance are 3122 MHz, 103.07 MHz and 0.8 respectively. By using a polarization controller, the resonance curve under the TM mode can be inhibited. The depth of resonance increased from 0.8 to 0.8913, namely the finesse increase from 30.33 to 33.05. In the experiments, there is an acoustic-optical frequency shifter (AOFS) in each light loop. We lock the lasing frequency at the resonance frequency of the silica waveguide ring resonator for the counterclockwise lightwave; the frequency difference between the driving frequencies of the two AOFS is equivalent to the Sagnac frequency difference caused by gyro rotation. Thus, the gyro output is observed. The slope of the linear fit is about 0.330 mV/(°/s) based on the −900 to 900 kHz equivalent frequency and the gyro dynamic range is ±2.0 × 103 rad/s. (semiconductor devices)

  5. Response Characterization of a Fiber Optic Sensor Array with Dye-Coated Planar Waveguide for Detection of Volatile Organic Compounds

    Jae-Sung Lee; Na-Rae Yoon; Byoung-Ho Kang; Sang-Won Lee; Sai-Anand Gopalan; Hyun-Min Jeong; Seung-Ha Lee; Dae-Hyuk Kwon; Shin-Won Kang

    2014-01-01

    We have developed a multi-array side-polished optical-fiber gas sensor for the detection of volatile organic compound (VOC) gases. The side-polished optical-fiber coupled with a polymer planar waveguide (PWG) provides high sensitivity to alterations in refractive index. The PWG was fabricated by coating a solvatochromic dye with poly(vinylpyrrolidone). To confirm the effectiveness of the sensor, five different sensing membranes were fabricated by coating the side-polished optical-fiber us...

  6. Low-cost fabrication of optical waveguides, interconnects and sensing structures on all-polymer-based thin foils

    Rezem, Maher; Kelb, Christian; Günther, Axel; Rahlves, Maik; Reithmeier, Eduard; Roth, Bernhard

    2016-03-01

    Micro-optical sensors based on optical waveguides are widely used to measure temperature, force and strain but also to detect biological and chemical substances such as explosives or toxins. While optical micro-sensors based on silicon technology require complex and expensive process technologies, a new generation of sensors based completely on polymers offer advantages especially in terms of low-cost and fast production techniques. We have developed a process to integrate micro-optical components such as embedded waveguides and optical interconnects into polymer foils with a thickness well below one millimeter. To enable high throughput production, we employ hot embossing technology, which is capable of reel-to-reel fabrication with a surface roughness in the optical range. For the waveguide fabrication, we used the thermoplastic polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) as cladding and several optical adhesives as core materials. The waveguides are characterized with respect to refractive indices and propagation losses. We achieved propagation losses are as low as 0.3 dB/cm. Furthermore, we demonstrate coupling structures and their fabrication especially suited to integrate various light sources such as vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSEL) and organic light emitting diodes (OLED) into thin polymer foils. Also, we present a concept of an all-polymer and waveguide based deformation sensor based on intensity modulation, which can be fabricated by utilizing our process. For future application, we aim at a low-cost and high-throughput reel-to-reel production process enabling the fabrication of large sensor arrays or disposable single-use sensing structures, which will open optical sensing to a large variety of application fields ranging from medical diagnosis to automotive sensing.

  7. Coherent all-optical switching by resonant quantum-dot distributions in photonic band-gap waveguides

    We study the detailed propagative characteristics of optical pulses in photonic band-gap (PBG) waveguides, coupled near resonantly to inhomogeneously broadened distributions of quantum dots. The line centers of the quantum-dot (QD) distributions are placed near a sharp discontinuity in the local electromagnetic density of states. Using finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) simulations of optical pulse dynamics and independent QD susceptibilities associated with resonance fluorescence, we demonstrate subpicosecond switching from pulse absorption to pulse amplification using steady-state optical holding and gate fields with power levels on the order of 1 milliwatt. In the case of collective response of QDs within the periodic dielectric microstructure, the gate power level is reduced to 200 microwatt for room temperature operation. In principle, this enables 200 Gbits per second optical information processing at wavelengths near 1.5 microns in various wavelength channels. The allowed pulse bandwidth in a given waveguide channel exceeds 0.5 THz allowing switching of subpicosecond laser pulses without pulse distortion. The switching contrast from absorption to gain is governed by the QD oscillator strength and dipole dephasing time scale. We consider dephasing time scales ranging from nanoseconds (low-temperature operation) to one picosecond (room-temperature operation). This all-optical transistor action is based on simple Markovian models of single-dot and collective-dot inversion and switching by coherent resonant pumping near the photon density of states discontinuity. The structured electromagnetic vacuum is provided by two-mode waveguide architectures in which one waveguide mode has a cutoff that occurs, with very large Purcell factor, near the QDs resonance, while the other waveguide mode exhibits nearly linear dispersion for fast optical propagation and modulation. Unlike optical switching based on Kerr nonlinearities in an optical cavity resonator, switching

  8. Silicon nanocrystals in silica – Novel active waveguides for nanophotonics

    Janda, P.; Valenta, J.; Ostatnický, T.; Skopalová, Eva; Pelant, Ivan; Elliman, R. G.; Tomasiunas, R.

    2006-01-01

    Roč. 121, - (2006), s. 267-273. ISSN 0022-2313 R&D Projects: GA AV ČR IAA1010316; GA ČR GP202/01/D030 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10100521 Keywords : nanocrystal * waveguide * silicon * photonics Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 1.441, year: 2006

  9. Femtosecond Laser Induced Optical Waveguides and Micro-mirrors Inside Glasses

    高仁喜; 张家骅; 张立功; 孙江亭; 孔祥贵; 宋宏伟; 郑杰

    2002-01-01

    Optical waveguides and micro-mirrors have been successfully induced inside fused silica glass and k9 glass, respec-tively, by focusing a 800 nm femtosecond (fs) pulsed laser with a repetition rate of I kHz. The change of refractiveindex was determined to be 0.001-0.008 in the fused silica glass and 0.006 in the k9 glass. The refractive indexchange is dependent on both the dose of irradiation and the power density of the fs pulsed laser. Photolumines-cence was observed in the irradiated region, and was attributed to the defects induced by fs laser irradiation. Wediscuss the relationship between the optical property and the luminescent property of the irradiated region.

  10. Active polarisation control of a quantum cascade laser using tuneable birefringence in waveguides.

    Dhirhe, D; Slight, T J; Holmes, B M; Ironside, C N

    2013-10-01

    We discuss the design, modelling, fabrication and characterisation of an integrated tuneable birefringent waveguide for quantum cascade lasers. We have fabricated quantum cascade lasers operating at wavelengths around 4450 nm that include polarisation mode converters and a differential phase shift section. We employed below laser threshold electroluminescence to investigate the single pass operation of the integrated device. We use a theory based on the electro-optic properties of birefringence in quantum cascade laser waveguides combined with a Jones matrix based description to gain an understanding of the electroluminescence results. With the quantum cascade lasers operating above threshold we demonstrated polarisation control of the output. PMID:24104336

  11. Theory and experiment of linear and nonlinear optical media and waveguides with anisotropy and dichroism

    Purvinis, Georgeanne M.

    Organic crystals and certain polymer films, such as ionically self-assembled monolayer (ISAM) films, are lossy and anisotropic. These materials may have a large chi(2) nonlinear response, and thus are conceivably capable of efficient second order processes. Anomalous dispersion phase-matched second harmonic generation (ADPM-SHG) in organic media is a second order wavelength conversion process that phase matches like-order modes in a waveguide (ex: TM0o → TM02o ), thus maximizing the overlap integral. Demonstration of ADPM-SHG in economical and easily fabricated polymer ISAM film is the ultimate experimental goal of this research. In order to achieve demonstration of ADPM-SHG in an ISAM film, both theoretical and material research contributions are accomplished. The predominant analysis approaches in literature are based on the finite element method, which is approximate and computationally intensive, thus prohibiting arbitrary crystallographic media orientations in devices. This restricted treatment in the literature may be insufficient with ISAM films, as SHG occurs in a spectral region of residual absorption, the film is uniaxial, and the optic axis may not be aligned the waveguide coordinate system. Thus, the theory objectives of the dissertation research are: (1) develop an exact solution for finding the polarization states in lossy anisotropic media using a new complex orthogonal similarity transformation with the complex symmetric impermeability tensor, (2) develop a rigorous transverse resonance analysis to find the eigenmodes of general lossy anisotropic planar waveguides with arbitrary principal axes orientations, and (3) integrate the results of steps 1--2 to determine the conversion efficiency of an ISAM planar waveguide using ADPM-SHG, thus illustrating the importance of the dissertation research by highlighting the errors resulting in algorithms published in other works. Experimentally, the dissertation focuses on designing anionic and cationic

  12. Ultra-high speed all-optical signal processing using silicon waveguides and a carbon nanotubes based mode-locked laser

    Ji, Hua

    This thesis concerns the use of nano-engineered silicon waveguides for ultra-high speed optical serial data signal processing. The fundamental nonlinear properties of nano-engineered silicon waveguides are characterized. Utilizing the nonlinear effect in nano-engineered silicon waveguides for...... demultiplexing of 1.28 Tbit/s optical time division multiplexing data signal is investigated. A sampling system for ultra-high speed signal waveforms based on nano-engineered silicon waveguide is explored. To set up a sampling source, using carbon nanotubes for generating ultra-short pulses is pursued. A silicon...

  13. Terahertz spin-wave waveguides and optical magnonics in one-dimensional NiO nanorods

    Patil, Ranjit A.; Su, Chiung-Wu; Chuang, Chin-Jung; Lai, Chien-Chih; Liou, Yung; Ma, Yuan-Ron

    2016-06-01

    The two-magnon (2M) spin waves with a magnon frequency of 43 THz, generated by a polarized laser, were first observed in one-dimensional (1D) NiO nanorods. The 1D NiO nanorods of ~700 nm length, which have perfectly in-plane antiferromagnetic spins lying on the (200) and (100) faces, are the smallest spin-wave waveguides. Due to the magneto-optical Faraday effect (MOFE), the significant change in the Faraday intensity can show the 2M information in the NiO nanorods. There are only two 2M-on and 2M-off states at various applied alternating-current magnetic fields and laser-incident angles, which make the 1D NiO nanorods excellent optical nanomagnonics.The two-magnon (2M) spin waves with a magnon frequency of 43 THz, generated by a polarized laser, were first observed in one-dimensional (1D) NiO nanorods. The 1D NiO nanorods of ~700 nm length, which have perfectly in-plane antiferromagnetic spins lying on the (200) and (100) faces, are the smallest spin-wave waveguides. Due to the magneto-optical Faraday effect (MOFE), the significant change in the Faraday intensity can show the 2M information in the NiO nanorods. There are only two 2M-on and 2M-off states at various applied alternating-current magnetic fields and laser-incident angles, which make the 1D NiO nanorods excellent optical nanomagnonics. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Cubic crystal structure and Raman scattering of 1D NiO nanorods. See DOI: 10.1039/c6nr02531e

  14. Dynamics of LiNbO/sub 3/ optical waveguide formation by CO/sub 2/ laser annealing

    In comparison with conventional heating in a furnace, surface heating with 10.6 μm radiation from a CO/sub 2/ laser can reduce by an order of magnitude the time required for formation of optical waveguides by diffusion of Ti into LiNbO/sub 3/ crystals. Waveguides formed this way have similar properties to those produced by other methods. To elucidate the dynamics of waveguide formation by laser heating, the authors investigated the temperature distribution in X-cut LiNbO/sub 3/ plates during the titanium oxide indiffusion process. The temperature distribution was determined from a combination of thermocouple, narrow-band infrared probe, optical pyrometer, and surface melting observations. For a nominal (pyrometer) temperature of 1000 C, the surface temperature does not exceed 1090 C

  15. Thermo-optic Imbert-Fedorov effect in a prism-waveguide coupling system with silicon-on-insulator

    Tang, Tingting; Li, Chaoyang; Luo, Li; Zhang, Yanfen; Yuan, Quan

    2016-07-01

    In this paper, a prism-waveguide coupling system based on silicon-on-insulator (SOI) is revisited. We find that thermo-optic Imbert-Fedorov (TOIF) effect displays in this four-layer optical system which has not been proposed before. Furthermore, we discuss the TOIF shifts in prism/SiO2/Si/SiO2 and prism/Au/Si/SiO2 waveguides with different parameters and study the observed phenomena from physical point of view. It is shown that the maximum IF shift can achieve 140 μm in a prism/Au/Si/SiO2 waveguide which is large enough to be directly measured by the calculation results. Accordingly, TOIF shift provides a temperature control method for the enhancement and modulation of IF shift.

  16. Plasmonic nanoantennas as integrated coherent perfect absorbers on SOI waveguides for modulators and all-optical switches

    Bruck, Roman

    2013-01-01

    The performance of plasmonic nanoantenna structures on top of SOI wire waveguides as coherent perfect absorbers for modulators and all-optical switches is explored. The absorption, scattering, reflection and transmission spectra of gold and aluminum nanoantenna-loaded waveguides were calculated by means of 3D finite-difference time-domain simulations for single waves propagating along the waveguide, as well as for standing wave scenarios composed from two counterpropagating waves. The investigated configurations showed losses of roughly 1% and extinction ratios greater than 25 dB for modulator and switching applications, as well as plasmon effects such as strong field enhancement and localization in the nanoantenna region. The proposed plasmonic coherent perfect absorbers can be utilized for ultracompact all-optical switches in coherent networks as well as modulators and can find applications in sensing or in increasing nonlinear effects.

  17. Optical temperature sensor with enhanced sensitivity by employing hybrid waveguides in a silicon Mach-Zehnder interferometer.

    Guan, Xiaowei; Wang, Xiaoyan; Frandsen, Lars H

    2016-07-25

    We report on a novel design of an on-chip optical temperature sensor based on a Mach-Zehnder interferometer configuration where the two arms consist of hybrid waveguides providing opposite temperature-dependent phase changes to enhance the temperature sensitivity of the sensor. The sensitivity of the fabricated sensor with silicon/polymer hybrid waveguides is measured to be 172 pm/°C, which is two times larger than a conventional all-silicon optical temperature sensor (~80 pm/°C). Moreover, a design with silicon/titanium dioxide hybrid waveguides is by calculation expected to have a sensitivity as high as 775 pm/°C. The proposed design is found to be design-flexible and robust to fabrication errors. PMID:27464088

  18. Sensitivity enhancement of evanescent waveguide optical sensor for detecting adulterant traces in petroleum products using SiON technology

    Dutta, Aradhana; Deka, Bidyut; Sahu, Partha Pratim

    2013-11-01

    The development of an evanescent waveguide optical sensor incorporating planar waveguide geometry using silicon oxynitride as the core layer on silica-silicon wafer and its implementation for detection of adulterant traces in petroleum products is presented in this paper. This work focuses on enhancement of sensitivity and analyzed by using Simple Effective Index Method (SEIM), based on sinusoidal modes. The embedded waveguide of length ~ 10,000 μm and core width ~ 50 μm have been developed using SiON technology and applied for checking adulteration so as to ensure the purity of the fuel such that the engine will give the desired performance including low emissions yielding better accuracy and high sensitivity within a very short pulse. The thin cladding layer acts as the analytes (mixture of adulterated fuel) that supports the waveguiding film having a refractive index smaller than that of the core. The main aim of this present work is to encompass a speedy choice to the time-consuming existing methods for detecting adulterated fuels, which generally requires some time to give the consequence. The developed sensor allows spot determination of the percentage concentration of adulterant in pure petrol without involving any chemical analysis. The waveguide based sensor is polarization independent and the sensitivity of the waveguide sensor is ~10 times more than that of the existing planar waveguide sensors and also 5 times more than that of asymmetric waveguide structure. Advantages include high sensitivity, simple fabrication and easy interrogation without involving the use of solvents or toxic chemicals.

  19. Design of Arrayed-Waveguide Grating Routers for use as optical OFDM demultiplexers.

    Lowery, Arthur James

    2010-06-21

    All-optical OFDM uses optical techniques to multiplex together several modulated lightsources, to form a band of subcarriers that can be considered as one wavelength channel. The subcarriers have a frequency separation equal to their modulation rate. This means that they can be demultiplexed without any cross-talk between them, usually with a Discrete Fourier Transform (DFT), implemented optically or electronically. Previous work has proposed networks of optical couplers to implement the DFT. This work shows that the topology of an Arrayed Grating Waveguide Router (AWGR) can be used to perform the demultiplexing, and that the AWGR can be considered as a serial-to-parallel converter followed by a DFT. The simulations show that the electrical bandwidths of the transmitter and receiver are critical to orthogonal demultiplexing, and give insight into how crosstalk occurs in all-optical OFDM and coherent-WDM systems using waveforms and spectra along the system. Design specifications for the AWGR are developed, and show that non-uniformity will lead to crosstalk. The compensation of dispersion and the applications of these techniques to 'coherent WDM' systems using Non-Return to Zero modulation is discussed. PMID:20588546

  20. Analysis of light propagation for a crossing of thin silicon wires using vertical tunnelling coupling with a thick optical channel waveguide

    Using silicon photonic wires in a silicon-on-insulator structure as an example, we examine the problem of crossings of thin, high-index-contrast channel waveguides. To ensure high optical wave transmission efficiency at as low a level of parasitic scattering as possible, we propose using a structure with vertical coupling between a thin tapered silicon waveguide and a thick polymer waveguide, separated by a thin buffer oxide layer. Numerical simulation is used to find conditions under which such a structure (3 × 90 μm in dimensions) ensures 98 % and 99 % transmission efficiency at ∼1.55 μm in 35- and 26-nm spectral ranges, respectively, for direct propagation and 99.99 % transmission in the transverse direction. The optical element in question is proposed for use in optical microchips with multiple channel waveguide crossings. (integrated optical waveguides)

  1. 4x4 optoelectronic switch matrix integrating an MSM array with polyimide optical waveguides

    Gouin, Francois L.; Robitaille, Lucie; Callender, Claire L.; Noad, Julian P.; Almeida, Carlos

    1997-12-01

    Optical fibers offer the wide bandwidth, low losses and low interference required in broadband network applications. Currently, routing the signals to their destination is done by converting the incoming optical signals to an electrical form, carrying out the switching function using electronic circuitry then reconverting to light for the next transmission stage. Recently, we have reported a 3 by 3 optoelectronic switch which combines the functions of conversion and switching. This matrix monolithically integrates metal-semiconductor-metal (MSM) detectors with amplifiers. Very good isolation and crosstalk characterize this switch matrix, but the packaging requires the alignment of nine fibers, the square of the number of inputs, to the various detector crosspoints. In this presentation, we report the fabrication and evaluation of 4 by 4 optoelectronic switching matrices integrating MSM detectors with polyimide waveguides which perform the optical signal distribution on the wafer. These waveguides were fabricated on top of the semiconductor using a photolithographic process. The detector electrodes were formed using a transparent ITO film to maximize the responsivity. The incoming light is distributed using the 'tap' approach, which is more compact than the Y-branching configuration. Two 2 by 4 monolithic arrays were assembled on an alumina circuit using microwave hybrid circuit technology. The bandwidth of the assembled switch exceeds 1 GHz and with improved circuit design, should approach the 5 - 10 GHz bandwidth of the individual MSMs. A similar switch is based on a 4 by 4 monolithic array. The isolation is typically better than 35 dB. These characteristics are compared to the performance of the 3 by 3 OEIC switch and another 4 by 4 switch array assembled using four GaAs MESFET SP4T switches.

  2. All optical wavelength conversion and parametric amplification in Ti:PPLN channel waveguides for telecommunication applications

    Nouroozi, Rahman

    2010-10-19

    Efficient ultra-fast integrated all-optical wavelength converters and parametric amplifiers transparent to the polarization, phase, and modulation-level and -format are investigated. The devices take advantage of the optical nonlinearity of Ti:PPLN waveguides exploiting difference frequency generation (DFG). In a DFG, the signal ({lambda}{sub s}) is mixed with a pump ({lambda}{sub p}) to generate a wavelength shifted idler (1/{lambda}{sub i}=1/{lambda}{sub p}-1/{lambda}{sub s}). Efficient generation of the pump in Ti:PPLN channel guides is investigated using different approaches. In the waveguide resonators, first a resonance of the fundamental wave alone is considered. It is shown that the maximum power enhancement of the fundamental wave, and therefore the maximum second-harmonic generation (SHG) efficiency, can be achieved with low loss matched resonators. By this way, SHG efficiency of {proportional_to}10300%/W (10.3 %/mW) has been achieved in a 65 mm long waveguide resonator. Its operation for cSHG/DFG requires narrowband reflector for fundamental wave only. Thus, the SH (pump) wave resonator is investigated. The SH-wave resonator enhances the intracavity SH power only. Based on this scheme, an improvement of {proportional_to}10 dB for cSHG/DFG based wavelength conversion efficiency has been achieved with 50 mW of coupled fundamental power in a 30 mm long Ti:PPLN. However, operation was limited to relatively small fundamental power levels (<50 mW) due to the onset of photorefractive instabilities destroying the cavity stabilization. The cSHG/DFG efficiency can be considerably improved by using a double-pass configuration in which all the interacting waves were reflected by a broadband dielectric mirror deposited on the one endface of the waveguide. Three different approaches are investigated and up to 9 dB improvement of the wavelength conversion efficiency in comparison with the single-pass configuration is achieved. Polarization-insensitive wavelength

  3. High-Speed Near Infrared Optical Receivers Based on Ge Waveguide Photodetectors Integrated in a CMOS Process

    Gianlorenzo Masini

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available We discuss our approach to monolithic intergration of Ge photodectors with CMOS electronics for high-speed optical transceivers. Receivers based on Ge waveguide photodetectors achieve a sensitivity of −14.2 dBm (10−12 bit error rate (BER at 10 Gbps and 1550 nm.

  4. Polarization diversity circuit for a silicon optical switch using silica waveguides integrated with photonic crystal thin film waveplates

    Sugiyama, Koki; Chiba, Takafumi; Kawashima, Takayuki; Kawakami, Shojiro; Takahashi, Hiroshi; Tsuda, Hiroyuki

    2016-03-01

    We propose a compact polarization diversity optical circuit using silica waveguides and photonic crystal waveplates. By setting these circuits at the front and rear of the silicon optical devices, the polarization dependence of the silicon devices can be suppressed. Photonic crystals can be produced artificially using nanolithography, so that the retardation and orientation of the photonic crystal waveplate can be locally varied on a single chip. This enables to dramatically reduce the size of the polarization diversity circuit, which consists of a 1x2 multimode interference (MMI) coupler, two arm waveguides with quarter-waveplates (QWPs), a 2x2 MMI coupler, and output waveguides with half-waveplates (HWPs). The input light, including the transverse electric (TE) and transverse magnetic (TM) modes, is split by the 1x2 MMI coupler. The optical axes of the two QWPs, spaced 125 μm apart, are set to be orthogonal to each other, so that the phases of the TE modes in the two arm waveguides differ by 90 degrees, and those of the TM modes differ by -90 degrees. The TE mode and the TM mode are separated at the outputs of the 2x2 MMI coupler, and the polarization of the light at one of the outputs is aligned to that at the other output by the HWP. In this paper, we designed a 4x8 polarization diversity circuit for a 4x4 silicon optical switch.

  5. Influence of phosphorous precursors on spectroscopic properties of Er3+-activated SiO2-HfO2-P2O5 planar waveguides

    (70-x)SiO2-30HfO2 -xP2O5 (x= 5, 10 mol %) glass planar waveguides activated by 0.5 mol% Er3+ ions were prepared by sol-gel route. Several phosphorous precursors have been investigated for the synthesis of a dielectric stable sol useful for the realization of planar waveguides. The waveguides were investigated by different diagnostic techniques. The optical properties such as refractive index, thickness, number of propagating modes and attenuation coefficient were measured at 632.8 and 543.5 nm by prism coupling technique. Transmission measurements were carried out in order to assess the transparency of the deposited films. Photoluminescence measurements and lifetime decay curves of the Er3+ transition (4I13/2 → 4I15/2) were performed in order to investigate the role of P2O5

  6. Fabrication of a miniaturized capillary waveguide integrated fiber-optic sensor for fluoride determination.

    Xiong, Yan; Wang, Chengjie; Tao, Tao; Duan, Ming; Tan, Jun; Wu, Jiayi; Wang, Dong

    2016-05-10

    Fluoride concentration is a key aspect of water quality and essential for human health. Too much or too little fluoride intake from water supplies is harmful to public health. In this study, a capillary waveguide integrated fiber-optic sensor was fabricated for fluoride measurement in water samples. The sensor was modularly designed with three parts, i.e., a light source, capillary flow cell and detector. When light propagated from a light emitting diode (LED) to the capillary waveguide cell through an excitation fiber, it interacted with the sensing reagent, and its intensity changed with different fluoride concentrations. Then, the light propagated to the detector through a detection fiber for absorption determination of fluoride according to Beer's law. This miniaturized sensor showed advantages of fast analysis (9.2 s) and small reagent demand (200 μL) per sample, and it also had a low detection limit (8 ppb) and high selectivity for fluoride determination. The sensor was applied to fluoride determination in different water samples. The results obtained were compared with those obtained by conventional spectrophotometry and ion chromatography, showing agreement and validating the sensor's potential application. PMID:27067512

  7. Reconstruction of the experimental autocorrelation function and determination of the parameters of the statistical roughness of a surface from laser radiation scattering in an integrated-optical waveguide

    The possibility of using the waveguide scattering of laser radiation for obtaining information on the statistical properties of irregularities from the noisy data obtained in the far-field zone is shown. A complex algorithm for reconstructing the experimental autocorrelation function of the surface roughness of an integrated-optical waveguide substrate is described. This algorithm is based on a combination of the classical regularisation and quasi-optimal filtering. (waveguides)

  8. Reconfigurable liquid-core/liquid-cladding optical waveguides with dielectrophoresis-driven virtual microchannels on an electromicrofluidic platform.

    Fan, Shih-Kang; Lee, Hsuan-Ping; Chien, Chia-Chi; Lu, Yi-Wen; Chiu, Yi; Lin, Fan-Yi

    2016-02-23

    An electrically reconfigurable liquid-core/liquid-cladding (L(2)) optical waveguide with core liquid γ-butyrolactone (GBL, ncore = 1.4341, εcore = 39) and silicone oil (ncladding = 1.401, εcladding = 2.5) as cladding liquid is accomplished using dielectrophoresis (DEP) that attracts and deforms the core liquid with the greater permittivity to occupy the region of strong electric field provided by Teflon-coated ITO electrodes between parallel glass plates. Instead of continuously flowing core and cladding liquids along a physical microchannel, the DEP-formed L(2) optical waveguide guides light in a stationary virtual microchannel that requires liquids of limited volume without constant supply and creates stable liquid/liquid interfaces for efficient light guidance in a simply fabricated microfluidic device. We designed and examined (1) stationary and (2) moving L(2) optical waveguides on the parallel-plate electromicrofluidic platform. In the stationary L-shaped waveguide, light was guided in a GBL virtual microchannel core for a total of 27.85 mm via a 90° bend (radius 5 mm) before exiting from the light outlet of cross-sectional area 100 μm × 100 μm. For the stationary spiral waveguide, light was guided in a GBL core containing Rhodamine 6G (R6G, 1 mM) and through a series of 90° bends with decreasing radii from 5 mm to 2.5 mm. With the stationary straight waveguide, the propagation loss was measured to be 2.09 dB cm(-1) in GBL with R6G (0.01 mM). The moving L-shaped waveguide was implemented on a versatile electromicrofluidic platform on which electrowetting and DEP were employed to generate a precise GBL droplet and form a waveguide core. On sequentially applying appropriate voltage to one of three parallel L-shaped driving electrodes, the GBL waveguide core was shifted; the guided light was switched at a speed of up to 0.929 mm s(-1) (switching period 70 ms, switching rate 14.3 Hz) when an adequate electric signal (173.1 VRMS, 100 kHz) was applied. PMID

  9. Low-power variable optical attenuator based on a hybrid SiON-polymer S-bend waveguide.

    Wang, Lingfang; Song, Qianqian; Wu, Jieyun; Chen, Kaixin

    2016-02-10

    We propose a low-power variable optical attenuator based on the configuration of a hybrid silicon oxynitride (SiON)-polymer S-bend waveguide and two grooves in both sides of the S-bend waveguide core. With such a configuration, the opposite thermo-optic characteristics of SiON and polymer materials can be fully utilized. As a consequence, the heat utilization efficiency is increased. Theoretical simulation shows that an optical attenuation of ∼50  dB can be achieved with an applied electrical power of 3.6 mW. A typical fabricated device, which has a total length of 8 mm, shows a maximum optical attenuation of 46 dB with an applied electrical power of 16.2 mW and an insertion loss of 5.4 dB. PMID:26906360

  10. Silicon rib waveguide electro-absorption optical modulator using transparent conductive oxide bilayer

    Ayata, Masafumi; Nakano, Yoshiaki; Tanemura, Takuo

    2016-04-01

    We propose a novel ultra compact electro-absorption optical modulator based on a silicon rib waveguide and numerically demonstrate its performance. The proposed design employs two types of transparent conductive oxide (TCO) layers with different carrier densities to achieve both high modulation efficiency and low optical insertion loss. The thin TCO layer with high carrier density enables efficient modulation through the metal-oxide-semiconductor structure. On the other hand, the upper TCO layer with low carrier density allows low-resistance electrical contact for the top electrode without large optical loss. Using an indium tin oxide bilayer with optimized carrier densities, we numerically demonstrate a 4.3 dB extinction ratio and a 2.6 dB optical insertion loss with 1 µm device length. We estimate that the modulator operates under a low driving voltage of 1.3 V, exhibiting an ultra low energy consumption of 22.5 fJ/bit and a broad RC modulation bandwidth of over 40 GHz.

  11. Fabrication and integration of micro/nano-scale polymer optical waveguides and devices for optical printed circuit board (O-PCB) application

    Lee, El-Hang; Lee, Seung Gol; O, Beom Hoan; Park, Se Geun; Kim, Kyong Heon; Kang, Jin Ku; Chin, I.; Kwon, Y. K.; Choi, Young Wan

    2005-04-01

    We report on the results of our study on the design, fabrication and integration of micro/nano-scale waveguide arrays and devices for applications for a modular system that we newly proposed and call "optical printed circuit board (O-PCB)," which we envision to use as a platform for VLSI micro/nano-photonic applications. The O-PCBs are designed to perform the functions of transporting, switching, routing and distributing optical signals on flat modular boards or substrates. We have designed and assembled O-PCBs using polymer-based optical waveguide arrays and circuits. We describe the procedures for the synthesis of polymers, procedures of forming masters and stamps, and procedures of forming waveguides using embossing techniques. We also describe the procedures of design, fabrication and construction of O-PCBs and describe the procedures for light coupling between light sources, detectors, waveguides and other functional devices. We also describe design of power beam splitters and waveguide filters using photonic band-gap crystals for VLSI photonic integration application. We also discuss the characteristics of the assembled O-PCBs and discuss their potential applications.

  12. Active Optical Lattice Filters

    Gary Evans; MacFarlane, Duncan L.; Govind Kannan; Jian Tong; Issa Panahi; Vishnupriya Govindan; L. Roberts Hunt

    2005-01-01

    Optical lattice filter structures including gains are introduced and analyzed. The photonic realization of the active, adaptive lattice filter is described. The algorithms which map between gains space and filter coefficients space are presented and studied. The sensitivities of filter parameters with respect to gains are derived and calculated. An example which is relevant to adaptive signal processing is also provided.

  13. Multiple slow light bands in photonic crystal coupled resonator optical waveguides constructed with a portion of photonic quasicrystals

    Coupled resonator optical waveguides (CROWs) in complex two-dimensional (2D) photonic crystals (PCs) constructed with a portion of 12-fold photonic quasicrystals (PQs) are proposed. We show that enhanced transmission and slow light can be simultaneously achieved in such waveguides as well as general CROWs. Moreover, due to higher degree of flexibility and tunability of PQs for defect mode properties compared to conventional periodic PCs, multiple slow light bands can be flexibly obtained in CROWs constructed with complex 2D PCs. Our results may lead to the development of a variety of novel ultracompact devices for photonic integrated circuits.

  14. Efficient Second Harmonic Generation in 3D Nonlinear Optical-Lattice-Like Cladding Waveguide Splitters by Femtosecond Laser Inscription

    Weijie Nie; Yuechen Jia; Vázquez de Aldana, Javier R.; Feng Chen

    2016-01-01

    Integrated photonic devices with beam splitting function are intriguing for a broad range of photonic applications. Through optical-lattice-like cladding waveguide structures fabricated by direct femtosecond laser writing, the light propagation can be engineered via the track-confined refractive index profiles, achieving tailored output beam distributions. In this work, we report on the fabrication of 3D laser-written optical-lattice-like structures in a nonlinear KTP crystal to implement 1 ×...

  15. An Electro-Optic Modulator Based on GeO2-Doped Silica Ridge Waveguides with Thermal Poling

    曹霞; 何赛灵

    2003-01-01

    A Mach-Zehnder electro-optic modulator is designed and fabricated based on upper-clad GeO2-doped silica ridge waveguides with thermal poling. The electro-optic coefficient obtained is about 0.05 pm/V and is polarizationinsensitive. An extinction ratio of over 17dB is achieved. The transmission loss of the modulator for the TE mode is 2-3 dB higher than that for the TM mode after the poling.

  16. All-optical switches, unidirectional flow, and logic gates with discrete solitons in waveguide arrays.

    Al Khawaja, U; Al-Marzoug, S M; Bahlouli, H

    2016-05-16

    We propose a mechanism by which a number of useful all-optical operations, such as switches, diodes, and logic gates, can be performed with a single device. An effective potential well is obtained by modulating the coupling between the waveguides through their separations. Depending on the power of a control soliton injected through the potential well, an incoming soliton will either completely transmit or reflect forming a controllable switch. We show that two such switches can work as AND, OR, NAND, and NOR logic gates. Furthermore, the same device may also function as a perfect soliton diode with adjustable polarity. We discuss the feasibility of realising such devices with current experimental setups. PMID:27409929

  17. A wide wavelength range optical switch using a flexible photonic crystal waveguide and silicon rods

    We theoretically and experimentally demonstrated that the transmittance of a two-dimensional photonic crystal waveguide (PCW) can be controlled in the 90 nm wavelength range by changing the difference in height between the PCW and silicon column rods that have the same central axis and height as the PCW air holes. Simulations conducted with a three-dimensional finite difference time domain method showed that the transmittance change of a PCW with four air holes in the light propagating direction was −8.5 dB when the height difference was only half the thickness of the slab. We fabricated an optical switch on a single chip by using a single-mask three-step process that consists of electron beam lithography, inductive coupled plasma reactive ion etching and release with hydrofluoric acid vapor. We measured −4.4 dB attenuations at wavelengths ranging from 1470 to 1500 nm.

  18. Modeling of gain saturation effects in active semiconductor photonic crystal waveguides

    Chen, Yaohui; Mørk, Jesper

    2012-01-01

    In this paper, we present a theoretical analysis of slow-light enhanced light amplification in an active semiconductor photonic crystal line defect waveguide. The impact of enhanced light-matter interactions on carrier-depletion-induced modal gain saturation is investigated.......In this paper, we present a theoretical analysis of slow-light enhanced light amplification in an active semiconductor photonic crystal line defect waveguide. The impact of enhanced light-matter interactions on carrier-depletion-induced modal gain saturation is investigated....

  19. Phase shift multiplication effect of all-optical analog to electromagnetically induced transparency in two micro-cavities side coupled to a waveguide system

    Wang, Boyun; Wang, Tao, E-mail: wangtao@hust.edu.cn; Tang, Jian; Li, Xiaoming; Dong, Chuanbo [Wuhan National Laboratory for Optoelectronics, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074 (China)

    2014-01-14

    We propose phase shift multiplication effect of all-optical analog to electromagnetically induced transparency in two photonic crystal micro-cavities side coupled to a waveguide system through external optical pump beams. With dynamically tuning the propagation phase of the line waveguide, the phase shift of the transmission spectrum in two micro-cavities side coupled to a waveguide system is doubled along with the phase shift of the line waveguide. π-phase shift and 2π-phase shift of the transmission spectrum are obtained when the propagation phase of the line waveguide is tuned to 0.5π-phase shift and π-phase shift, respectively. All observed schemes are analyzed rigorously through finite-difference time-domain simulations and the coupled-mode formalism. These results show a new direction to the miniaturization and the low power consumption of microstructure integration photonic devices in optical communication and quantum information processing.

  20. Analysis of birefringence in magneto-optical waveguides based on nanoparticles doped sol–gel matrix with an optimized substrate

    Lebbal, M.R., E-mail: Lebbalmohamedredha@yahoo.fr; Boumaza, T.; Bouchemat, M.

    2015-01-01

    The elimination of birefringence remains a key challenge in integrated optical systems. In this work, we present birefringence study based on the controlling of layer thickness of planar waveguides, using deposited layers based on magnetic nanoparticles. The birefringence can be reduced with a planar device, depending on a glass substrate. The simulation carried out by MATLAB allowed us to deduce the conditions to decrease the phase mismatch and increase the conversion ratio of modes. - Highlights: • We simulate the birefringence in isotropic and anisotropic waveguides. • The perpendicularly applied gelation field is very promising in decreasing the birefringence. • It is very promising to use the glass substrate and adjust the thin layer thickness. • The glass substrate contributes in increasing the range of mono-mode waveguide. • The optimal thickness is taken close to the cut-off thickness of the 2nd mode TE.

  1. Analysis of birefringence in magneto-optical waveguides based on nanoparticles doped sol–gel matrix with an optimized substrate

    The elimination of birefringence remains a key challenge in integrated optical systems. In this work, we present birefringence study based on the controlling of layer thickness of planar waveguides, using deposited layers based on magnetic nanoparticles. The birefringence can be reduced with a planar device, depending on a glass substrate. The simulation carried out by MATLAB allowed us to deduce the conditions to decrease the phase mismatch and increase the conversion ratio of modes. - Highlights: • We simulate the birefringence in isotropic and anisotropic waveguides. • The perpendicularly applied gelation field is very promising in decreasing the birefringence. • It is very promising to use the glass substrate and adjust the thin layer thickness. • The glass substrate contributes in increasing the range of mono-mode waveguide. • The optimal thickness is taken close to the cut-off thickness of the 2nd mode TE

  2. Active Optics in Modern, Large Optical Telescopes

    Noethe, Lothar

    2001-01-01

    Active optics is defined as the control of the shape and the alignment of the components of an optical system at low temporal frequencies. For modern large telescopes with flexible monolithic or segmented primary mirrors and also flexible structures this technique is indispensable to reach a performance which is either diffraction limited for an operation in space or limited by the atmosphere for an operation on the ground. This article first describes the theory of active optics, both of the...

  3. From quantum pulse gate to quantum pulse shaper-engineered frequency conversion in nonlinear optical waveguides

    Full control over the spatiotemporal structure of quantum states of light is an important goal in quantum optics, to generate, for instance, single-mode quantum pulses or to encode information on multiple modes, enhancing channel capacities. Quantum light pulses feature an inherent, rich spectral broadband-mode structure. In recent years, exploring the use of integrated optics as well as source engineering has led to a deep understanding of the pulse-mode structure of guided quantum states of light. In addition, several groups have started to investigate the manipulation of quantum states by means of single-photon frequency conversion. In this paper, we explore new routes towards complete control of the inherent pulse-modes of ultrafast pulsed quantum states by employing specifically designed nonlinear waveguides with adapted dispersion properties. Starting from our recently proposed quantum pulse gate (QPG), we further generalize the concept of spatiospectral engineering for arbitrary χ(2)-based quantum processes. We analyse the sum-frequency generation-based QPG and introduce the difference-frequency generation-based quantum pulse shaper (QPS). Together, these versatile and robust integrated optical devices allow for arbitrary manipulations of the pulse-mode structure of ultrafast pulsed quantum states. The QPG can be utilized to select an arbitrary pulse mode from a multimode input state, whereas the QPS enables the generation of specific pulse modes from an input wavepacket with a Gaussian-shaped spectrum.

  4. Modeling nonlinear optical phenomena in silicon-nanocrystal composites and waveguides

    A high demand in relation to simple propagation equations describing nonlinear optical phenomena in silicon-nanocrystal composites is caused by the impracticality of solving Maxwell’s equations while treating thousands of silicon nanocrystals in the composites individually. Recently, we derived such equations for the case of two optical fields using a number of simplifying assumptions (Rukhlenko 2013 Opt. Express 21 2832–46). In particular, we neglected the effects of cross-phase modulation and cross-two-photon absorption due to the interaction between waves of different frequencies, set equal different kinds of mode-overlap factors, and assumed a uniform effective mode area for both fields regardless of their polarizations. Also, it was assumed that the fields interact inside a highly birefringent silicon-nanocrystal waveguide, which provides tight lateral confinement of its propagating modes and ensures the absence of phase matching between them. Here we abandon these approximations and generalize the coupled-amplitude equations for the case of an arbitrary number of quasi-monochromatic optical fields interacting through the third-order nonlinear polarization of silicon nanocrystals. We derive two sets of equations enabling one to study theoretically the anisotropy of such effects as Raman amplification, four-wave mixing, and wavelength conversion—one for unbounded silicon-nanocrystal composites and the other for different kinds of silicon-nanocrystal waveguides—and provide an overview of the material parameters entering these equations. (paper)

  5. Electro-optical logic gates based on graphene-silicon waveguides

    Chen, Weiwei; Yang, Longzhi; Wang, Pengjun; Zhang, Yawei; Zhou, Liqiang; Yang, Tianjun; Wang, Yang; Yang, Jianyi

    2016-08-01

    In this paper, designs of electro-optical AND/NAND, OR/ NOR, XOR/XNOR logic gates based on cascaded silicon graphene switches and regular 2×1 multimode interference combiners are presented. Each switch consists of a Mach-Zehnder interferometer in which silicon slot waveguides embedded with graphene flakes are designed for phase shifters. High-speed switching function is achieved by applying an electrical signal to tune the Fermi levels of graphene flakes causing the variation of modal effective index. Calculation results show the crosstalk in the proposed optical switch is lower than -22.9 dB within a bandwidth from 1510 nm to 1600 nm. The designed six electro-optical logic gates with the operation speed of 10 Gbit/s have a minimum extinction ratio of 35.6 dB and a maximum insertion loss of 0.21 dB for transverse electric modes at 1.55 μm.

  6. The 650-nm variable optical attenuator based on polymer/silica hybrid waveguide

    Yue-Yang, Yu; Xiao-Qiang, Sun; Lan-Ting, Ji; Guo-Bing, He; Xi-Bin, Wang; Yun-Ji, Yi; Chang-Ming, Chen; Fei, Wang; Da-Ming, Zhang

    2016-05-01

    Visible light variable optical attenuators (VOA) are essential devices in the application of channel power regulation and equalization in wavelength-division multiplexing cross-connect nodes in plastic optical fiber (POF) transmission systems. In this paper, a polymer/silica hybrid waveguide thermo–optic attenuator based on multimode interference (MMI) coupler is designed and fabricated to operate at 650 nm. The single-mode transmission condition, MMI coupler, and transition taper dimensions are optimized through the beam propagation method. Thermal analysis based on material properties provides the optimized heater placement angle. The fabricated VOA presents an attenuation of 26.5 dB with a 21-mW electrical input power at 650 nm. The rise time and fall time are 51.99 and 192 μs, respectively. The time–stability measurement results prove its working reliability. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 61205032, 61475061, 61405070, 61177027, 61275033, and 61261130586) and the Science and Technology Development Plan of Jilin Province, China (Grant No. 20140519006JH).

  7. M-line spectroscopic, spectroscopic ellipsometric and microscopic measurements of optical waveguides fabricated by MeV-energy N+ ion irradiation for telecom applications

    Irradiation with N+ ions of the 1.5–3.5 MeV energy range was applied to optical waveguide formation. Planar and channel waveguides have been fabricated in an Er-doped tungsten–tellurite glass, and in both types of bismuth germanate (BGO) crystals: Bi4Ge3O12 (eulytine) and Bi12GeO20 (sillenite). Multi-wavelength m-line spectroscopy and spectroscopic ellipsometry were used for the characterisation of the ion beam irradiated waveguides. Planar waveguides fabricated in the Er-doped tungsten–tellurite glass using irradiation with N+ ions at 3.5 MeV worked even at the 1550 nm telecommunication wavelength. 3.5 MeV N+ ion irradiated planar waveguides in eulytine-type BGO worked up to 1550 nm and those in sillenite-type BGO worked up to 1330 nm. - Highlights: ► Waveguides were fabricated in glass and crystals using MeV energy N+ ions. ► SRIM simulation and spectroscopic ellipsometry yielded similar waveguide structures. ► Multi-wavelength m-line spectroscopy was used to study the waveguides. ► Waveguides fabricated in an Er-doped tungsten–tellurite glass worked up to 1.5 μm. ► Waveguides in Bi12GeO20 remained operative up to 1.5 μm

  8. Comb-like optical transmission spectrum resulting from a four-cornered two-waveguide-connected network

    In this Letter a four-cornered two-waveguide-connected network (FCTWCN) is proposed to generate comb-like optical transmission spectrum, where nearest-neighbor nodes are connected by two segments of one-dimensional waveguides. We investigate the band structure and transmission spectrum of electromagnetic waves propagating through FCTWCNs and find that the transmission through a FCTWCN exhibits periodic comb-like characteristic and the range, number and width of continuous equidistant frequency bands can be controlled by adjusting the lengths of the two types of segments. The comb-like frequency bands may be useful for the designing of optical switches, optical narrowband filters, high capacity telecommunications, and multichannel filters, etc.

  9. Fabrication of lithographically defined optical coupling facets for silicon-on-insulator waveguides by inductively coupled plasma etching

    We present a technique to lithographically define and fabricate all required optical facets on a silicon-on-insulator photonic integrated circuit by an inductively coupled plasma etch process. This technique offers 1 μm positioning accuracy of the facets at any location within the chip and eliminates the need of polishing. Facet fabrication consists of two separate steps to ensure sidewall verticality and minimize attack on the end surfaces of the waveguides. Protection of the waveguides by a thermally evaporated aluminum layer before the 40-70 μm deep optical facet etching has been proven essential in assuring the facet smoothness and integrity. Both scanning electron microscopy analysis and optical measurement results show that the quality of the facets prepared by this technique is comparable to the conventional facets prepared by polishing

  10. Efficient active waveguiding properties of Mo6 nano-cluster-doped polymer nanotubes

    Bigeon, J.; Huby, N.; Amela-Cortes, M.; Molard, Y.; Garreau, A.; Cordier, S.; Bêche, B.; Duvail, J.-L.

    2016-06-01

    We investigate 1D nanostructures based on a Mo6@SU8 hybrid nanocomposite in which photoluminescent Mo6 clusters are embedded in the photosensitive SU8 resist. Tens of micrometers long Mo6@SU8-based tubular nanostructures were fabricated by the wetting template method, enabling the control of the inner and outer diameter to about 190 nm and 240 nm respectively, as supported by structural and optical characterizations. The image plane optical study of these nanotubes under optical pumping highlights the efficient waveguiding phenomenon of the red luminescence emitted by the clusters. Moreover, the wave vector distribution in the Fourier plane determined by leakage radiation microscopy gives additional features of the emission and waveguiding. First, the anisotropic red luminescence of the whole system can be attributed to the guided mode along the nanotube. Then, a low-loss propagation behavior is evidenced in the Mo6@SU8-based nanotubes. This result contrasts with the weaker waveguiding signature in the case of UV210-based nanotubes embedding PFO (poly(9,9-di-n-octylfluorenyl-2,7-diyl)). It is attributed to the strong reabsorption phenomenon, owing to overlapping between absorption and emission bands in the semi-conducting conjugated polymer PFO. These results make this Mo6@SU8 original class of nanocomposite a promising candidate as nanosources for submicronic photonic integration.

  11. Influence of SiO2/In2O3 film acoustical waveguide on the mode index of Ti:LiNbO3 optical waveguide in acousto-optical mode converter

    Lin, Hang-you; Ning, Ji-ping; Geng, Fan

    2004-04-01

    TE/TM mode converter is a key element of integrated acoustooptical tunable filter (AOTF). Employing SiO2/In2O3 film as acoustical waveguide can suppress sidelobes effectively and simplify fabrication technique in integrated quasi-collinear AOTF. In this report, the eigenvalue equation and the field solution of such configuration has been obtained by using modified Wenzel-Kramers-Brillouin (WKB) method. The results are compared with those by using vector finite element method (VFEM). When the optical waveguides are covered by such oxide film, the difference of mode indices of both polarizations and the effective propagation velocity of surface acoustical wave (SAW) will decrease, and these decreases lead the shift of optical wavelength, which mainly results in the change of the former.

  12. Optical Sensors Based on Single on Arm Thin Film Waveguide Interferometer

    Sarkisov, S. S.; Diggs, D.; Curley, M.; Adamovsky, Grigory (Technical Monitor)

    2000-01-01

    Single-arm dual-mode optical waveguide interferometer utilizes interference between two modes of different order. Sensing effect results from the change in propagation conditions of the modes caused by the environment. The waveguide is made as an open asymmetric structure containing a dye-doped polymer film onto a quartz substrate. It is more sensitive to the change of environment than its conventional polarimetric analog using orthogonal modes (TE and TM) of the same order. The sensor still preserves the option of operating in polarimetric regime using a variety of mode combinations such as TE(sub 0)/TM(sub 0) (conventional) TE(sub 0)/TM(sub 1), TE(sub 1)/TM(sub 0), or TE(sub 1)/TM(sub 1) but can also work in nonpolarimetric regime using combinations TE(sub 0)/TE(sub 1) or TM(sub 0)/TM(sub 1). Utilization of different mode combinations simultaneously makes the device more versatile. Application of the sensor to gas sensing is based on doping polymer film with an organic indicator dye targeting a particular gaseous reagent. Change of the optical absorption spectrum of the dye caused by the gaseous pollutant results in change of the reactive index of the dye-doped polymer film that can be detected by the sensor. As indicator dyes we utilize Bromocresol Purple doped into polymer poly(methyl) methacrylate that is sensitive to small concentrations of ammonia. The indicator dye demonstrated an irreversible increase in optical absorption near the peak at 350 nm being exposed to 5% ammonia in pure nitrogen at 600 Torr. The dye also showed reversible growth of the absorption peak near 600 nm after exposure to a vapor of standard medical ammonia spirit (65% alcohol). We have built a breadboard prototype of the sensor with He-Ne laser as a light source and with a single mode fiber input and a multimode fiber output. The prototype showed a sensitivity to temperature change of the order of 2 C per 2pi phase shift. The sensitivity of the sensor to the presence of dTy ammonia is

  13. CMOS-compatible 2-bit optical spectral quantization scheme using a silicon-nanocrystal-based horizontal slot waveguide

    Kang, Zhe; Yuan, Jinhui; Zhang, Xianting; Wu, Qiang; Sang, Xinzhu; Farrell, Gerald; Yu, Chongxiu; Li, Feng; Tam, Hwa Yaw; Wai, P. K. A.

    2014-11-01

    All-optical analog-to-digital converters based on the third-order nonlinear effects in silicon waveguide are a promising candidate to overcome the limitation of electronic devices and are suitable for photonic integration. In this paper, a 2-bit optical spectral quantization scheme for on-chip all-optical analog-to-digital conversion is proposed. The proposed scheme is realized by filtering the broadened and split spectrum induced by the self-phase modulation effect in a silicon horizontal slot waveguide filled with silicon-nanocrystal. Nonlinear coefficient as high as 8708 W-1/m is obtained because of the tight mode confinement of the horizontal slot waveguide and the high nonlinear refractive index of the silicon-nanocrystal, which provides the enhanced nonlinear interaction and accordingly low power threshold. The results show that a required input peak power level less than 0.4 W can be achieved, along with the 1.98-bit effective-number-of-bit and Gray code output. The proposed scheme can find important applications in on-chip all-optical digital signal processing systems.

  14. Step Index Optical Waveguides In Automated Concrete And Concrete Elements Production Requirements Results Of Application And Experience

    Habel, Wolfgang

    1990-01-01

    As is the case in other industrial branches, automation of production flow lines in the building industry also requires an interference-proof and reliable data communication between hardware installed close to the production proceess and the control units in the control room area. In particular, the presence of electromagnetically inteference-intensive plants compels to utilize the optical waveguide technique for an economically justifiable solution to the communication problem. The special question will be whether the optical waveguide with its advantageous properties as well as the components pertinent to them in the raw ambient process fields of the building production plants will be employable with a permanent operational reliability and how the technological particularities of assembly and commissioning may be accomplished under these conditions. As a result of investigations into selected application cases an optical waveguide communication module was developed and tested within the framework of applied research for being utilized under the hard conditions typical for production. The same applies to necessary assembling applicances which allow a qualitative glueing of optical fibres under more difficult assembly conditions.

  15. Summary of radiation-induced transient absorption and recovery in fiber optic waveguides. [Pulsed electrons and x-rays

    Skoog, C.D.

    1976-11-01

    The absorption induced in fiber optic waveguides by pulsed electron and X-ray radiation has been measured as a function of optical wavelength from 450 to 950 nm, irradiation temperature from -54 to 71/sup 0/C, and dose from 1 to 500 krads. The fibers studied are Ge-doped silica core fibers (Corning Low Loss), ''pure'' vitreous silica core fibers (Schott, Bell Laboratories, Fiberoptic Cable Corp., and Valtec Fiberoptics), polymethyl-methacrylate core fibers (DuPont CROFON and PFX), and polystyrene core fibers (International Fiber Optics and Polyoptics). Models that have been developed to account for the observed absorption recovery are also summarized.

  16. Active X-ray Optics

    Hudec, René; Inneman, A.; Pina, L.; Černá, D.; Tichý, V.

    Bellingham: SPIE, 2013 - (Juha, L.; Bajt, S.; London, R.; Hudec, R.; Pína, L.), 877718/1-877718/7. (Proceedings of SPIE. 8777). ISBN 9780819495792. [Damage to VUV, EUV, and X-ray Optics IV; and EUV and X-ray Optics: Synergy between Laboratory and Space III. Praha (CZ), 15.04.2013-18.04.2013] Institutional support: RVO:67985815 Keywords : X-ray optics * active optics * active X-ray optics Subject RIV: BN - Astronomy, Celestial Mechanics, Astrophysics

  17. Efficient Second Harmonic Generation in 3D Nonlinear Optical-Lattice-Like Cladding Waveguide Splitters by Femtosecond Laser Inscription

    Nie, Weijie; Jia, Yuechen; Vázquez de Aldana, Javier R.; Chen, Feng

    2016-02-01

    Integrated photonic devices with beam splitting function are intriguing for a broad range of photonic applications. Through optical-lattice-like cladding waveguide structures fabricated by direct femtosecond laser writing, the light propagation can be engineered via the track-confined refractive index profiles, achieving tailored output beam distributions. In this work, we report on the fabrication of 3D laser-written optical-lattice-like structures in a nonlinear KTP crystal to implement 1 × 4 beam splitting. Second harmonic generation (SHG) of green light through these nonlinear waveguide beam splitter structures provides the capability for the compact visible laser emitting devices. With Type II phase matching of the fundamental wavelength (@ 1064 nm) to second harmonic waves (@ 532 nm), the frequency doubling has been achieved through this three-dimensional beam splitter. Under 1064-nm continuous-wave fundamental-wavelength pump beam, guided-wave SHG at 532 nm are measured with the maximum power of 0.65 mW and 0.48 mW for waveguide splitters (0.67 mW and 0.51 mW for corresponding straight channel waveguides), corresponding to a SH conversion efficiency of approximately ~14.3%/W and 13.9%/W (11.2%/W, 11.3%/W for corresponding straight channel waveguides), respectively. This work paves a way to fabricate compact integrated nonlinear photonic devices in a single chip with beam dividing functions.

  18. Efficient Second Harmonic Generation in 3D Nonlinear Optical-Lattice-Like Cladding Waveguide Splitters by Femtosecond Laser Inscription.

    Nie, Weijie; Jia, Yuechen; Vázquez de Aldana, Javier R; Chen, Feng

    2016-01-01

    Integrated photonic devices with beam splitting function are intriguing for a broad range of photonic applications. Through optical-lattice-like cladding waveguide structures fabricated by direct femtosecond laser writing, the light propagation can be engineered via the track-confined refractive index profiles, achieving tailored output beam distributions. In this work, we report on the fabrication of 3D laser-written optical-lattice-like structures in a nonlinear KTP crystal to implement 1 × 4 beam splitting. Second harmonic generation (SHG) of green light through these nonlinear waveguide beam splitter structures provides the capability for the compact visible laser emitting devices. With Type II phase matching of the fundamental wavelength (@ 1064 nm) to second harmonic waves (@ 532 nm), the frequency doubling has been achieved through this three-dimensional beam splitter. Under 1064-nm continuous-wave fundamental-wavelength pump beam, guided-wave SHG at 532 nm are measured with the maximum power of 0.65 mW and 0.48 mW for waveguide splitters (0.67 mW and 0.51 mW for corresponding straight channel waveguides), corresponding to a SH conversion efficiency of approximately ~14.3%/W and 13.9%/W (11.2%/W, 11.3%/W for corresponding straight channel waveguides), respectively. This work paves a way to fabricate compact integrated nonlinear photonic devices in a single chip with beam dividing functions. PMID:26924255

  19. Norm-Conserving Finite-Difference Beam-Propagation Method for TM Wave Analysis in Step-Index Optical Waveguides

    Yamauchi, Junji; Matsubara, Kenji; Tsuda, Takeshi; Nakano, Hisamatsu

    2000-01-01

    Nonconservation of power is a perplexing problemin the propagating beam analysis of transverse magnetic (TM)waves in a -variant step-index optical waveguide. To conservethe power in terms of a squared norm, a modified finite-difference(FD) formula is introduced that allows a general positionof a core-cladding interface. The use of the modified formulacontributes to a reduction in a field profile error caused by astaircase approximation with subsequent conservation of power,particularly for a ...

  20. Analysis of birefringence in magneto-optical waveguides based on nanoparticles doped sol-gel matrix with an optimized substrate

    Lebbal, M. R.; Boumaza, T.; Bouchemat, M.

    2015-01-01

    The elimination of birefringence remains a key challenge in integrated optical systems. In this work, we present birefringence study based on the controlling of layer thickness of planar waveguides, using deposited layers based on magnetic nanoparticles. The birefringence can be reduced with a planar device, depending on a glass substrate. The simulation carried out by MATLAB allowed us to deduce the conditions to decrease the phase mismatch and increase the conversion ratio of modes.

  1. Single-mode propagation in optical waveguides and fibres: a critical review of its treatment in physics textbooks

    The derivation and description of the modes in optical waveguides and fibres are reviewed. The version frequently found in undergraduate textbooks is shown to be incorrect and misleading due to the assumption of an axial ray of light corresponding to the lowest order mode. It is pointed out that even the lowest order must still be represented in an elementary treatment by a ray reflecting between opposite core and cladding boundaries

  2. Ultrafast laser writing of optical waveguides in ceramic Yb:YAG: a study of thermal and non-thermal regimes

    We report the improvement of ultrafast laser written optical waveguides in Yb:YAG ceramics by tailoring the presence of heat accumulation effects. From a combination of ytterbium micro-luminescence and micro-Raman structural analysis, maps of lattice defects and stress fields have been obtained. We show how laser annealing can strongly reduce the concentration of defects and also reduce compressive stress, leading to an effective 50% reduction in the propagation losses and to more extended and symmetric propagation modes. (orig.)

  3. Ultrafast laser writing of optical waveguides in ceramic Yb:YAG: a study of thermal and non-thermal regimes

    Benayas, A.; Jaque, D. [Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Departamento de Fisica de Materiales, Madrid (Spain); Silva, W.F.; Jacinto, C. [Universidade Federal de Alagoas, Grupo de Fotonica e Fluidos Complexos, Instituto de Fisica, Maceio, Alagoas (Brazil); Rodenas, A.; Thomsom, R.R.; Psaila, N.D.; Reid, D.T.; Kar, A.K. [Heriot-Watt University, School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Edinburgh (United Kingdom); Vazquez de Aldana, J. [Universidad de Salamanca, Grupo de Optica, Departamento de Fisica Aplicada, Facultad de Ciencias Fisicas, Salamanca (Spain); Chen, F.; Tan, Y. [Shandong University, School of Physics, Jinan (China); Torchia, G.A. [CONICET-CIC, Centro de Investigaciones Opticas, La Plata (Argentina)

    2011-07-15

    We report the improvement of ultrafast laser written optical waveguides in Yb:YAG ceramics by tailoring the presence of heat accumulation effects. From a combination of ytterbium micro-luminescence and micro-Raman structural analysis, maps of lattice defects and stress fields have been obtained. We show how laser annealing can strongly reduce the concentration of defects and also reduce compressive stress, leading to an effective 50% reduction in the propagation losses and to more extended and symmetric propagation modes. (orig.)

  4. Extension of the broadband single-mode integrated optical waveguide technique to the ultraviolet spectral region and its applications.

    Wiederkehr, Rodrigo S; Mendes, Sergio B

    2014-03-21

    We report here the fabrication, characterization, and application of a single-mode integrated optical waveguide (IOW) spectrometer capable of acquiring optical absorbance spectra of surface-immobilized molecules in the visible and ultraviolet spectral region down to 315 nm. The UV-extension of the single-mode IOW technique to shorter wavelengths was made possible by our development of a low-loss single-mode dielectric waveguide in the UV region based on an alumina film grown by atomic layer deposition (ALD) over a high quality fused silica substrate, and by our design/fabrication of a broadband waveguide coupler formed by an integrated diffraction grating combined with a highly anamorphic optical beam of large numerical aperture. As an application of the developed technology, we report here the surface adsorption process of bacteriochlorophyll a on different interfaces using its Soret absorption band centred at 370 nm. The effects of different chemical compositions at the solid-liquid interface on the adsorption and spectral properties of bacteriochlorophyll a were determined from the polarized UV-Vis IOW spectra acquired with the developed instrumentation. The spectral extension of the single-mode IOW technique into the ultraviolet region is an important advance as it enables extremely sensitive studies in key characteristics of surface molecular processes (e.g., protein unfolding and solvation of aromatic amino-acid groups under surface binding) whose spectral features are mainly located at wavelengths below the visible spectrum. PMID:24466569

  5. SOLITONS: Dark spatial optical solitons in planar gradient waveguides in the Z-cut of the 3m symmetry crystals

    Frolova, M. N.; Borodin, M. V.; Shandarov, S. M.; Shandarov, V. M.; Larionov, Yu M.

    2003-11-01

    The propagation of light beams is studied in a planar photorefractive waveguide fabricated by high-temperature diffusion of metal ions in the Z-cut substrate of the 3m symmetry crystal. The wave equations are obtained for single-mode light beams with TE and TM polarisations in planar diffusion waveguides, which take into account the two-dimensional distribution of the optical field. Expressions are found for a nonlinear change in the refractive index when the photovoltaic mechanism makes a dominant contribution to the photorefractive effect. The propagation of single-mode light beams is analysed numerically for a Ti:Fe:LiNbO3 waveguide fabricated by the successive diffusion of titanium and iron into lithium niobate. It is shown that single-mode light beams with a smooth amplitude envelope can propagate without significant changes in the region of a dip in the intensity modelling a dark soliton. The relations between the amplitude and width of a dark spatial soliton are obtained for the TM modes of a photorefractive planar waveguide.

  6. Planar optical waveguide based sandwich assay sensors and processes for the detection of biological targets including early detection of cancers

    Martinez, Jennifer S.; Swanson, Basil I.; Shively, John E.; Li, Lin

    2009-06-02

    An assay element is described including recognition ligands adapted for binding to carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) bound to a film on a single mode planar optical waveguide, the film from the group of a membrane, a polymerized bilayer membrane, and a self-assembled monolayer containing polyethylene glycol or polypropylene glycol groups therein and an assay process for detecting the presence of CEA is described including injecting a possible CEA-containing sample into a sensor cell including the assay element, maintaining the sample within the sensor cell for time sufficient for binding to occur between CEA present within the sample and the recognition ligands, injecting a solution including a reporter ligand into the sensor cell; and, interrogating the sample within the sensor cell with excitation light from the waveguide, the excitation light provided by an evanescent field of the single mode penetrating into the biological target-containing sample to a distance of less than about 200 nanometers from the waveguide thereby exciting any bound reporter ligand within a distance of less than about 200 nanometers from the waveguide and resulting in a detectable signal.

  7. Active Optics in LAMOST

    Ding-Qiang Su; Xiang-Qun Cui

    2004-01-01

    Large Sky Area Multi-Object Fiber Spectroscopic Telescope (LAMOST)is one of the major national projects under construction in China. Active optics is one of the most important technologies for new large telescopes. It is used for correcting telescope errors generated by gravitational and thermal changes. Here,however, we use this technology to realize the configuration of LAMOST, -a task that cannot be done in the traditional way. A comprehensive and intensive research on the active optics used in LAMOST is also reported, including an open-loop control method and an auxiliary closed-loop control method. Another important development is in our pre-calibration method of open-loop control, which is with some new features: simultaneous calculation of the forces and displacements of force actuators and displacement actuators; the profile of mirror can be arbitrary;the mirror surface shape is not expressed by a fitting polynomial, but is derived from the mirror surface shape formula which is highly accurate; a proof is given that the solution of the pre-calibration method is the same as the least squares solution.

  8. Electromagnetic Wave Propagation in a Quasi-1D Rhombic Linear Optical Waveguide Array

    Maimistov, Andrey I

    2016-01-01

    The quasi-one-dimensional rhombic array of the waveguides is considered. System of equations describing coupled waves in the waveguide in the linear limit is solved exactly. The electric field distribution was found both for the diffractionless (or dispersionless) flat band modes and for the dispersive modes.

  9. Optical properties of THz quantum cascade laser with subwavelength metallic waveguide

    Full text: In this contribution we summarize the results from THz time-domain investigation on THz quantum cascade lasers (QCL) with double-metal waveguides. Such waveguides are characteristic with high subwavelength confinement of the laser mode that has impact on the cavity loss and the gain dynamics. Performed modulation experiments provide detailed information on laser performance at different operation conditions. (author)

  10. On Stability of Flat Band Modes in a Rhombic Nonlinear Optical Waveguide Array

    Maimistov, Andrey I

    2016-01-01

    The quasi-one-dimensional rhombic array of the waveguides is considered. In the nonlinear case the system of equations describing coupled waves in the waveguides has the solutions that represent the superposition of the flat band modes. The property of stability of these solutions is considered. It was found that the flat band solution is unstable until the power threshold be attained.

  11. Optical spectroscopy and optical waveguide fabrication in Eu3+ and Eu3+/Tb3+ doped zinc–sodium–aluminosilicate glasses

    Optical and spectroscopic properties of 2.0% Eu(PO3)3 singly doped and 5.0% Tb(PO3)3–2.0% Eu(PO3)3 codoped zinc–sodium–aluminosilicate glasses were investigated. Reddish-orange light emission, with x=0.64 and y=0.36 CIE1931 chromaticity coordinates, is obtained in the europium singly doped glass excited at 393 nm. Such chromaticity coordinates are close to those (0.67,0.33) standard of the National Television System Committee for the red phosphor. When the sodium–zinc–aluminosilicate glass is co-doped with Tb3+ and Eu3+, reddish-orange light emission, with (0.61,0.37) CIE1931 chromaticity coordinates, is obtained upon Tb3+ excitation at 344 nm. This reddish-orange luminescence is generated mainly by 5D0→7F1 and 5D0 →7F2 emissions of Eu3+, europium being sensitized by terbium through a non-radiative energy transfer. From an analysis of the Tb3+ emission decay curves it is inferred that the Tb3+→Eu3+ energy transfer might take place between Tb3+ and Eu3+ clusters through a short-range interaction mechanism, so that an electric dipole–quadrupole interaction appears to be the most probable transfer mechanism. The efficiency of this energy transfer is about 62% upon excitation at 344 nm. In the singly doped and codoped glasses multimode optical waveguides were successfully produced by Ag+–Na+ ion exchange, and they could be characterized at various wavelengths. -- Highlights: • Reddish-orange light emission can be generated from Tb3+ and Eu3+ codoped zinc–sodium–aluminosilicate glasses excited at 344 nm. • The Eu3+ is sensitized by Tb3+ through a non-radiative energy transfer. • Highly multimode waveguides can be fabricated by diluted silver–sodium exchange. • This type of AlGaN LEDs pumped glass phosphors might be useful for generation of reddish-orange light

  12. Annealed proton exchanged optical waveguides in lithium niobate differences between the X- and Z-cuts

    Nekvindova, P; Cervena, J; Budnar, M; Razpet, A; Zorko, B; Pelicon, P; 10.1016/S0925-3467(01)00186-0

    2002-01-01

    Summarizes results and assessments of our systematic fabrication and characterization of proton exchanged (PE) and annealed proton exchanged (APE) waveguides in lithium niobate. This study focused on different behavior of crystallographically diverse X(1120) and Z (0001) substrate cuts during waveguide fabrication, and differences in characteristics of the resulting waveguides. Non-toxic adipic acid was used as a proton source, and the waveguides properties were defined by mode spectroscopy (waveguide characteristics) and neutron depth profiling (NDP, lithium concentration and distribution), infrared vibration spectra and elastic recoil detection analysis (ERDA, concentration and depth distribution of hydrogen). It was discovered that the X-cut structure is more permeable for moving particles (lithium and hydrogen ions), which leads to a higher effectiveness of the PE process within the X-cut. The explanation of this phenomenon is based on fitting X-cut orientation towards cleavage planes of lithium niobate c...

  13. Reduction of insertion loss after annealing of silicon oxynitride optical waveguides

    He De-Yan(贺德衍); K.A.Mc-Greer

    2002-01-01

    The insertion losses of silicon oxynitride (SiON) waveguides have been measured in the 1550 nm wavelength region.The waveguide structure consisted of a 2.0μm SiON waveguide core with a refractive index of 1.50, a 0.5μm SiO2 uppercladding and a 5.0μm SiO2 lower cladding with a refractive index of 1.45. It was found that the wavelength-dependentinsertion losses of the waveguide were greatly reduced by annealing, and the loss was decreased more than 5.7 dB/cm at1550 nm after annealing at optimum conditions. The former was attributed to the reduction of the absorption caused by N-H and Si-H vibration modes, and the latter was due to the improvement of the interface roughness and homogeneity in the waveguides after annealing.

  14. Modeling and experimental electro-optic response of dielectric lithium niobate waveguides used as electric field sensors

    In this paper, the static optical transfer function of dielectric lithium niobate (LiNbO3) electro-optic sensors is modeled and experimentally measured. This function represents the transmitted optical power at the output of an optical waveguide in a LiNbO3 crystal which acts as an electric field sensor. The sensor is electrode-less and operates as a dielectric probe. Under such a condition, the electric field is present in the dielectric media surrounding the waveguide and the measured field intensity is determined by the boundary condition between the media and the LiNbO3 crystal. The electro-optic transfer function is theoretically modeled and experimentally measured. Such a transfer function shows a sinusoidal shape, from which the half-wave electric field, the optical extinction ratio and the linear and nonlinear regions can be determined. LiNbO3 electric field sensors are inherently wide band, and a sensing scheme is tested, showing a high-linearity sensing detection of high-intensity and wide-band electric fields

  15. Estimation on the deterioration rate of a glass fiber optical waveguide due to natural radiation

    X-ray induced coloration and thermal bleaching of silica glasses doped with B2O3, GeO2 or P2O5 have been studied to estimate the deterioration rate of glass fibers for optical waveguide, due to natural radiation. The P2O5 doped silica glass showed an absorption in the visible range by the irradiation of 103 -- 104 Roentgen, while the other two did not show any detectable absorption. The absorption spectra for P2O5 doped glass could be resolved into two absorption bands of Gaussian type having the maximum absorption at 3 eV and 2.28 eV. The band at the shorter wavelength was much larger than the other and substantially determined the absorption at the wavelength of practical communication, say, 850 nm, giving the increase in the loss of 0.4 dB.km-1.r-1. The rate of thermal bleaching of X-ray induced color at 850 nm was determined to be proportional to the absorbance with the rate constant of about 5 x 10-6 (h-1) at room temperature. From these results and the data on the ionization rate in air, the increase in loss of the P2O5 doped glass fiber to be subjected to natural radiation was estimated to be 0.5 -- 1 dB.km-1 for 10 -- 15 years. (author)

  16. Omnidirectional Photonic Band Gap Using Low Refractive Index Contrast Materials and its Application in Optical Waveguides

    Vidal Faez, Angelo

    2012-07-01

    Researchers have argued for many years that one of the conditions for omnidirectional reflection in a one-dimensional photonic crystal is a strong refractive index contrast between the two constituent dielectric materials. Using numerical simulations and the theory of Anderson localization of light, in this work we demonstrate that an omnidirectional band gap can indeed be created utilizing low refractive index contrast materials when they are arranged in a disordered manner. Moreover, the size of the omnidirectional band gap becomes a controllable parameter, which now depends on the number of layers and not only on the refractive index contrast of the system, as it is widely accepted. This achievement constitutes a major breakthrough in the field since it allows for the development of cheaper and more efficient technologies. Of particular interest is the case of high index contrast one-dimensional photonic crystal fibers, where the propagation losses are mainly due to increased optical scattering from sidewall roughness at the interfaces of high index contrast materials. By using low index contrast materials these losses can be reduced dramatically, while maintaining the confinement capability of the waveguide. This is just one of many applications that could be proven useful for this discovery.

  17. Integrated optical devices based on sol – gel waveguides using the temperature dependence of the effective refractive index

    Pavlov, S V; Trofimov, N S; Chekhlova, T K [Peoples' Friendship University of Russia, Moscow (Russian Federation)

    2014-07-31

    A possibility of designing optical waveguide devices based on sol – gel SiO{sub 2} – TiO{sub 2} films using the temperature dependence of the effective refractive index is shown. The dependences of the device characteristics on the parameters of the film and opticalsystem elements are analysed. The operation of a temperature recorder and a temperature limiter with a resolution of 0.6 K mm{sup -1} is demonstrated. The film and output-prism parameters are optimised. (fibreoptic and nonlinear-optic devices)

  18. Integrated Optical Switching Matrices Constructed from Digital Optical Switches Based on Polymeric Rib Waveguides

    Hauffe, Ralf

    2002-01-01

    Die Arbeit beschäftigt sich mit dem Design und der Realisierung von photonischen Schaltmatrizen für "Optical Cross Connects", die in optisch transparenten Telekommunikationsnetzen benötigt werden, um eine dynamische Umkonfiguration der Netze bei gleichzeitiger Erhaltung von Bitraten-, Wellenlängen- und Protokoll-Transparenz zu ermöglichen. Insbesondere wurden 4x4 Schaltmatrizen basierend auf polymeren Wellenleiterstrukturen untersucht und deren Nebensprechen minimiert. Das Hauptergebnis diese...

  19. Hybrid graphene plasmonic waveguide modulators

    Ansell, D.; Radko, I. P.; Han, Z.; Rodriguez, F. J.; Bozhevolnyi, S. I.; Grigorenko, A. N.

    2015-11-01

    The unique optical and electronic properties of graphene make possible the fabrication of novel optoelectronic devices. One of the most exciting graphene characteristics is the tunability by gating which allows one to realize active optical devices. While several types of graphene-based photonic modulators have already been demonstrated, the potential of combining the versatility of graphene with subwavelength field confinement of plasmonic waveguides remains largely unexplored. Here we report fabrication and study of hybrid graphene-plasmonic waveguide modulators. We consider several types of modulators and identify the most promising one for telecom applications. The modulator working at the telecom range is demonstrated, showing a modulation depth of >0.03 dB μm-1 at low gating voltages for an active device area of just 10 μm2, characteristics which are already comparable to those of silicon-based waveguide modulators while retaining the benefit of further device miniaturization. Our proof-of-concept results pave the way towards on-chip realization of efficient graphene-based active plasmonic waveguide devices for optical communications.

  20. Highly tunable Terahertz filter with magneto-optical Bragg grating formed in semiconductor-insulator-semiconductor waveguides

    Kangwen Li

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available A highly tunable terahertz (THz filter with magneto-optical Bragg grating formed in semiconductor-insulator-semiconductor waveguides is proposed and demonstrated numerically by means of the Finite Element Method. The results reveal that a sharp peak with high Q-value presents in the band gap of Bragg grating waveguide with a defect, and the position of the sharp peak can be modified greatly by changing the intensity of the transverse magnetic field applied to the device. Compared to the situation without magnetic field applied, the shift of the filtered frequency (wavelength reaches up to 36.1 GHz (11.4 μm when 1 T magnetic field is applied. In addition, a simple model to predict the filtered frequency and an effective way to improve the Q-value of the filter are proposed by this paper.

  1. High-speed electro-optic switch using buried electrode structure in polymer Mach-Zehnder waveguide

    Sun, Jingwen; Sun, Jian; Yi, Yunji; Qv, Lucheng; Sun, Shiqi; Wang, Fei; Wang, Xibin; Zhang, Daming

    2016-02-01

    A low-cost and high-speed electro-optic (EO) switch using the guest-host EO material Disperse Red 1/Polymethyl Methacrylate (DR1/PMMA) was designed and fabricated. The DR1/PMMA material presented a low processing cost, an excellent photostability and a large EO coefficient of 13.1 pm/V. To improve the performance of the switch, the in-plane buried electrode structure was introduced in the polymer Mach-Zehnder waveguide to improve the poling and modulating efficiency. The characteristic parameters of the waveguide and the electrodes were carefully designed and the fabrication process was strictly controlled. Under 1550 nm, the insertion loss of the device was 12.7 dB. The measured switching rise time and fall time of the switch were 50.00 ns and 54.29 ns, respectively.

  2. Nanocrystal waveguide (NOW) laser

    Simpson, John T.; Simpson, Marcus L.; Withrow, Stephen P.; White, Clark W.; Jaiswal, Supriya L.

    2005-02-08

    A solid state laser includes an optical waveguide and a laser cavity including at least one subwavelength mirror disposed in or on the optical waveguide. A plurality of photoluminescent nanocrystals are disposed in the laser cavity. The reflective subwavelength mirror can be a pair of subwavelength resonant gratings (SWG), a pair of photonic crystal structures (PC), or a distributed feedback structure. In the case of a pair of mirrors, a PC which is substantially transmissive at an operating wavelength of the laser can be disposed in the laser cavity between the subwavelength mirrors to improve the mode structure, coherence and overall efficiency of the laser. A method for forming a solid state laser includes the steps of providing an optical waveguide, creating a laser cavity in the optical waveguide by disposing at least one subwavelength mirror on or in the waveguide, and positioning a plurality of photoluminescent nanocrystals in the laser cavity.

  3. Optical Cherenkov radiation in an As2S3 slot waveguide with four zero-dispersion wavelengths

    Wang, Shaofei; Hu, Jungao; Guo, Hairun; Zeng, Xianglong

    2013-01-01

    We propose an approach for an efficient generation of optical Cherenkov radiation (OCR) in the near-infrared by tailoring the waveguide dispersion for a zero group-velocity mismatching between the radiation and the pump soliton. Based on an As2S3 slot waveguide with subwavelength dimensions......, dispersion profiles with four zero dispersion wavelengths are found to produce a phase-matching nonlinear process leading to a broadband resonant radiation. The broadband OCR investigated in the chalcogenide waveguide may find applications in on-chip wavelength conversion and near-infrared pulse generation....

  4. All-Optical Generation and Steering of Spatial Solitons in Discrete Waveguide Array

    Merchant, Clark A.; Mel'nikov, Igor V.; Aitchison, J. Stewart

    2005-01-01

    We numerically study Stokes beam generation in an array of discrete waveguides. The feasibility of generation and steering of spatial solitons due to nonlinear Raman response is demonstrated for the first time

  5. Optical gain in nanocrystalline silicon: comparision of planar waveguide geometry with a non-waveguiding ensemble of nanocrystals

    Luterová, Kateřina; Cazzanelli, M.; Likforman, J. P.; Navarro, D.; Valenta, J.; Ostatnický, T.; Dohnalová, Kateřina; Cheylan, S.; Gilliot, P.; Hönerlage, B.; Pavesi, L.; Pelant, Ivan

    2005-01-01

    Roč. 27, - (2005), s. 750-755. ISSN 0925-3467 R&D Projects: GA AV ČR(CZ) IAA1010316; GA ČR(CZ) GP202/01/D030; GA ČR(CZ) GA202/03/0789; GA MŠk(CZ) ME 486 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z1010914 Keywords : silicon nanocrystals * optical gain Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 1.162, year: 2005

  6. Magneto-optical mode conversion in a hybrid glass waveguide made by sol-gel and ion-exchange techniques

    Royer, François; Amata, Hadi; Parsy, François; Jamon, Damien; Ghibaudo, Elise; Broquin, Jean-Emmanuel; Neveu, Sophie

    2012-01-01

    The integration of magneto-optical materials with classical technologies being still a difficult problem, this study explores the possibility to realize a mode converter based on a hybrid structure. A composite magneto-optical layer made of a silica/zirconia matrix doped by magnetic nanoparticles is coated on the top face of ion-exchanged glass waveguides. Optical characterizations that have been carried out demonstrated the efficiency of these hybrid structures in terms of lateral confinement. Furthermore, TE to TM mode conversion has been observed when a longitudinal magnetic field is applied to the device. The amount of this conversion is analysed taking into account the magneto-optical confinement and the modal birefringence of the structure.

  7. Quasi-phase-matching of high-order-harmonic generation using polarization beating in optical waveguides

    Liu, Lewis Z.; O'Keeffe, Kevin; Hooker, Simon M.

    2013-01-01

    A scheme for quasi-phase-matching high-harmonic generation is proposed in which polarization beating within a hollow core birefringent waveguide modulates the generation of harmonics. The evolution of the polarization of a laser pulse propagating in a birefringent waveguide is calculated and is shown to periodically modulate the harmonic generation process. The optimum conditions for achieving quasi-phase-matching using this scheme are explored and the growth of the harmonic intensity as a fu...

  8. Improved design of a polarization converter based on semiconductor optical waveguide bends.

    Obayya, S S; Rahman, B M; Grattan, K T; El-Mikati, H A

    2001-10-20

    By using an efficient vector finite-element-based beam-propagation method, we present an improved design of a polarization converter. This design relies on the use of a single-section deeply etched bent semiconductor waveguide with slanted sidewalls. By careful adjustment of the bend radius, the waveguide width, and the sidewall angle we obtained a nearly 100% polarization conversion ratio with no appreciable radiation loss and a bending angle of less than 180 degrees . PMID:18364819

  9. Active control of electromagnetic radiation through an enhanced thermo-optic effect.

    Sheng, Chong; Liu, Hui; Zhu, Shining; Genov, Dentcho A

    2015-01-01

    The control of electromagnetic radiation in transformation optical metamaterials brings the development of vast variety of optical devices. Of a particular importance is the possibility to control the propagation of light with light. In this work, we use a structured planar cavity to enhance the thermo-optic effect in a transformation optical waveguide. In the process, a control laser produces apparent inhomogeneous refractive index change inside the waveguides. The trajectory of a second probe laser beam is then continuously tuned in the experiment. The experimental results agree well with the developed theory. The reported method can provide a new approach toward development of transformation optical devices where active all-optical control of the impinging light can be achieved. PMID:25746689

  10. Recent development in a high-speed silicon optical modulator based on reverse-biased pn diode in a silicon waveguide

    We review the recent development of a high-speed silicon optical modulator based on electric-field-induced carrier depletion effect in a silicon-on-insulator waveguide containing a reverse-biased p–n junction. The device design, fabrication and characterization are presented. To obtain efficient optical modulation, we design a sub-micrometer size silicon waveguide phase shifter based on both semiconductor device modeling and photonic circuit modeling. By employing traveling-wave drive that allows co-propagation of electrical and optical signals along the waveguide, we demonstrate a high-frequency modulator with 3 dB optical response bandwidth of 30 GHz and data transmission up to 40 Gb s−1. Such a high-speed silicon modulator will be a key component for silicon-photonic-integrated circuits for future computing I/O applications

  11. Effect of optical waveguiding mechanism on the lasing action of chirped InAs/AlGaInAs/InP quantum dash lasers

    Khan, Mohammed Zahed Mustafa

    2013-03-04

    We report on the atypical emission dynamics of InAs/AlGaInAs/InP quantum dash (Qdash) lasers employing varying AlGaInAs barrier thickness (multilayer-chirped structure). The analysis is carried out via fabry-perot (FP) ridge (RW) and stripe waveguide (SW) laser characterization corresponding to the index and gain guided waveguiding mechanisms, respectively, and at different current pulse width operations. The laser emissions are found to emerge from the size dispersion of the Qdash ensembles across the four Qdash-barrier stacks, and governed by their overlapping quasi-zero dimensional density of states (DOS). The spectral characteristics demonstrated prominent dependence on the waveguiding mechanism at quasi-continuous wave (QCW) operation (long pulse width). The RW geometry showed unusual spectral split in the emission spectra on increasing current injection while the SW geometry showed typical broadening of lasing spectra. These effects were attributed to the highly inhomogeneous active region, the nonequilibrium carrier distribution and the energy exchange between Qdash groups across the Qdash-barrier stacks. Furthermore, QCW operation showed a progressive red shift of emission spectra with injection current, resulted from active region heating and carrier depopulation, which was observed to be minimal in the short pulse width (SPW) operation. Our investigation sheds light on the device physics of chirped Qdash laser structure and provides guidelines for further optimization in obtaining broad-gain laser diodes. © (2013) COPYRIGHT Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). Downloading of the abstract is permitted for personal use only.

  12. Hybrid grapheme plasmonic waveguide modulators

    Ansell, D.; Thackray, B. D.; Aznakayeva, D. E.; Thomas, P.; Auton, G. H.; Marshall, O. P.; Rodriguez, F. J.; Radko, I. P.; Han, Z.; Bozhevolnyi, S. I.; Grigorenko, A. N.

    2016-03-01

    The unique optical and electronic properties of graphene allow one to realize active optical devices. While several types of graphene-based photonic modulators have already been demonstrated, the potential of combining the versatility of graphene with sub-wavelength field confinement of plasmonic/metallic structures is not fully realized. Here we report fabrication and study of hybrid graphene-plasmonic modulators. We consider several types of modulators and identify the most promising one for light modulation at telecom and near-infrared. Our proof-of-concept results pave the way towards on-chip realization of efficient graphene-based active plasmonic waveguide devices for optical communications.

  13. Low-loss polymer optical waveguides with graded-index perfect circular cores for on-board interconnection

    Saito, Yuki; Fukagata, Koji; Ishigure, Takaaki

    2016-02-01

    Using the Mosquito method, we fabricate low-loss multimode polymer optical waveguides with graded-index (GI) perfect circular cores for the applications to on-board optical interconnection. We already developed the Mosquito method utilizing a microdispenser, as a fabrication technique for GI circular core polymer waveguides. In the Mosquito method, a liquid-state core monomer is dispensed from a syringe needle into a liquid-state cladding monomer while the needle horizontally scans. Originally we used siloxane based monomers. In this paper, novel organic-inorganic hybrid materials (SUNCONNECT®) are selected to confirm the applicability of wide-range polymers to the Mosquito method. Here, a dip is observed on the upper perimeter of the obtained core cross-sections particularly when using a straight needle. Such a core-shape deformation increases the coupling loss with circular-core optical fibers. So, the flow of core and cladding monomers while dispensing the core with the needle scan is visually observed. It is confirmed that the edge of the straight needle chips off the upper perimeter of the core when the core monomer is dispensed, leading to the dip. Therefore, the straight needle is replaced for a curved one to change the dispensing direction for eliminating the dip. It is experimentally found that an almost circular core (50-μm diameter with 1.09 vertical to horizontal ratio of diameter) is formed when a curved needle is used. Finally, we successfully demonstrate a 1.73-dB lower loss in a 5-cm long waveguide compared to the one having the core with a dip.

  14. Wavelength-selective optical waveguiding of photoluminescence in a thermally annealed Si/SiO2 superlattice

    We investigate the long-distance propagation of broadband photoluminescence (PL) light inside an annealed Si/SiO2 superlattice (SL) with ∼ 600 repeats of 1.5 nm Si and 2 nm SiO2 layers deposited on a silica substrate. The SL material annealed at 1150 deg. C contains Si nanocrystals with diameters of 3-4 nm as estimated by Raman spectroscopy, and the SL layer was estimated to be overall 1.75 μm thick with an effective refractive index of 1.65. As measured in the conventional transverse detection geometry, the SL material exhibits a broad PL band with a maximum at ∼ 780 nm (1.6 eV). Our measurements in the waveguiding detection geometry show wavelength selectivity of optical waveguiding by the SL layer. In fact, efficient narrowing of the PL spectrum (down to 16 meV) takes place upon the propagation of the PL light inside the SL layer for wavelengths of 710 and 960 nm. We observed the guiding of PL light by the SL layer to distances above 5 mm, and the propagation losses for the guided light at 710 and 960 nm were estimated to be 6.2 and 4.7 cm-1, respectively. The attenuation of PL light outside the guided wavelengths is much larger (e.g., ∼ cm-1 at 780 nm) demonstrating that Si/SiO2 SL-based waveguides can be used as optical filters. The transmittance peaks can be tuned by changing the SL layer optical thickness

  15. Wavelength-selective optical waveguiding of photoluminescence in a thermally annealed Si/SiO{sub 2} superlattice

    Khriachtchev, Leonid [Laboratory of Physical Chemistry, University of Helsinki, PO Box 55, FIN-00014 (Finland); Novikov, Sergei [Electron Physics Laboratory, Helsinki University of Technology, PO Box 3000, FIN-02015 HUT (Finland); Lahtinen, Jouko [Laboratory of Physics, Helsinki University of Technology, PO Box 1100, FIN-02015 HUT (Finland); Raesaenen, Markku [Laboratory of Physical Chemistry, University of Helsinki, PO Box 55, FIN-00014 (Finland)

    2004-05-12

    We investigate the long-distance propagation of broadband photoluminescence (PL) light inside an annealed Si/SiO{sub 2} superlattice (SL) with {approx} 600 repeats of 1.5 nm Si and 2 nm SiO{sub 2} layers deposited on a silica substrate. The SL material annealed at 1150 deg. C contains Si nanocrystals with diameters of 3-4 nm as estimated by Raman spectroscopy, and the SL layer was estimated to be overall 1.75 {mu}m thick with an effective refractive index of 1.65. As measured in the conventional transverse detection geometry, the SL material exhibits a broad PL band with a maximum at {approx} 780 nm (1.6 eV). Our measurements in the waveguiding detection geometry show wavelength selectivity of optical waveguiding by the SL layer. In fact, efficient narrowing of the PL spectrum (down to 16 meV) takes place upon the propagation of the PL light inside the SL layer for wavelengths of 710 and 960 nm. We observed the guiding of PL light by the SL layer to distances above 5 mm, and the propagation losses for the guided light at 710 and 960 nm were estimated to be 6.2 and 4.7 cm{sup -1}, respectively. The attenuation of PL light outside the guided wavelengths is much larger (e.g., {approx} cm{sup -1} at 780 nm) demonstrating that Si/SiO{sub 2} SL-based waveguides can be used as optical filters. The transmittance peaks can be tuned by changing the SL layer optical thickness.

  16. Highly stable and low loss electro-optic polymer waveguides for high speed microring modulators using photodefinition

    Balakrishnan, M.; Diemeer, M.B.J.; Driessen, A.; Faccini, M.; Verboom, W.; Reinhoudt, D.N.; Leinse, A.; Sidorin, Y.; Waechter, C.A.

    2006-01-01

    Different electro-optic polymer systems are analyzed with respect to their electro-optic activity, glass transition temperature (Tg) and photodefinable properties. The polymers tested are polysulfone (PS) and SU8. The electro-optic chromophore, tricyanovinylidenediphenylaminobenzene (TCVDPA), which

  17. On-chip positionable photonic waveguides for chip-to-chip optical interconnects

    Peters, Tjitte-Jelte; Tichem, Marcel

    2016-05-01

    This paper reports on the progress related to a multichannel photonic alignment concept, aiming for sub-micrometer precision in the alignment of the waveguides of two photonic integrated circuits (PICs). The concept consists of two steps: chip-to-chip positioning and chip bonding provide a coarse alignment after which waveguide-to-waveguide positioning and fixing result in a fine alignment. For the waveguide-to-waveguide alignment, an alignment functionality is developed and integrated in one of the PICs, consisting of mechanically flexible waveguides and MEMS actuators. This paper reports on the fabrication and characterization of a mechanically flexible waveguide array that can be positioned by two out-of-plane actuators. Thermal actuators are integrated with mechanically flexible waveguide beams to enable positioning them with high precision. By adding a poly-Si pattern on top of SiO2 beams, an out-of-plane bimorph actuator can be realized. An analytical model enables estimating the curvature and the deflection of a single bimorph beam. Acquiring a small initial deflection while having a large motion range of the actuator proves to have conflicting demands on the poly-Si/SiO2 thickness ratio. In this paper, we show that suspended waveguide arrays with integrated alignment functionality have an initial deflection- they curl up- due to residual stress in the materials. The actuators can be operated using a driving voltage between 0V to 45V, corresponding to ~50mW. Using higher voltages brings the risk of permanently changing the material properties of the heaters. The actuators can accomplish an out-of-plane crossbar translation up to 6.5 μm at ~50mW as well as a rotation around the propagation direction of the light ranging from -0:1° to 0.1°. At a constant actuation power of ~50mW, the crossbar shows a drift in vertical deflection of 0.16 μm over a time of 30 min.

  18. Optical ridge waveguides in Yb:YAG laser crystal produced by combination of swift carbon ion irradiation and femtosecond laser ablation

    Cheng, Yazhou; Lv, Jinman; Akhmadaliev, Shavkat; Hernández-Palmero, Irene; Romero, Carolina; Vázquez de Aldana, Javier R.; Zhou, Shengqiang; Chen, Feng

    2015-09-01

    We report on the fabrication of optical ridge waveguides in ytterbium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet (Yb:YAG) single crystal by applying swift C5+ ion irradiation and the followed femtosecond laser ablation. The planar waveguide layer is first produced by C5+ ion irradiation and the laser ablation is used to microstructure the planar waveguide surface to construct ridge structures. The lowest propagation loss of the ridge waveguide has been determined to be ~2.1 dB/cm. From the confocal micro-fluorescence and micro-Raman spectra obtained from the waveguide regions, the intensities, positions and widths of the emission-line peaks had no obvious changes with respect to those from the bulks, which indicate that C5+ ion irradiation does not affect the bulk-related properties of the Yb:YAG crystal significantly in the waveguide regions. The results obtained in this work suggest potential applications of the Yb:YAG ridge waveguides as integrated laser sources.

  19. Utilization of Field Enhancement in Plasmonic Waveguides for Subwavelength Light-Guiding, Polarization Handling, Heating, and Optical Sensing

    Daoxin Dai

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Plasmonic nanostructures have attracted intensive attention for many applications in recent years because of the field enhancement at the metal/dielectric interface. First, this strong field enhancement makes it possible to break the diffraction limit and enable subwavelength optical waveguiding, which is desired for nanophotonic integrated circuits with ultra-high integration density. Second, the field enhancement in plasmonic nanostructures occurs only for the polarization mode whose electric field is perpendicular to the metal/dielectric interface, and thus the strong birefringence is beneficial for realizing ultra-small polarization-sensitive/selective devices, including polarization beam splitters, and polarizers. Third, plasmonic nanostructures provide an excellent platform of merging electronics and photonics for some applications, e.g., thermal tuning, photo-thermal detection, etc. Finally, the field enhancement at the metal/dielectric interface helps a lot to realize optical sensors with high sensitivity when introducing plasmonic nanostrutures. In this paper, we give a review for recent progresses on the utilization of field enhancement in plasmonic nanostructures for these applications, e.g., waveguiding, polarization handling, heating, as well as optical sensing.

  20. Application of electrochemical optical waveguide lightmode spectroscopy for studying the effect of different stress factors on lactic acid bacteria

    Electrochemical optical waveguide lightmode spectroscopy (EC-OWLS) has been developed to combine evanescent-field optical sensing with electrochemical control of surface adsorption processes. For bioanalytical sensing, a layer of indium tin oxide (ITO) served as both a high-refractive index waveguide and a conductive electrode. In addition, an electrochemical flow-through fluid cuvette was applied, which incorporated working, reference, and counter electrodes, and was compatible with the constraints of optical sensing. The subject of our study was to monitor how the different stress factors (lactic acid, acetic acid and hydrogen peroxide) influence the survival of lactic acid bacteria. The advantage of EC-OWLS technique is that we could carry out kinetic studies on the behaviour of bacteria under stress conditions, and after exposure of lactobacilli to acid and oxidative stress we get faster results about the status of bacteria compared to the traditional quantitative methods. After optimization of the polarization potential used, calibration curve was determined and the sensor response of different rate of living and damaged cells was studied. The bacterial cells were adsorbed in native form on the surface of the sensor by ensuring polarizing potential (1 V) and were exposed to different concentration of acetic acid and hydrogen peroxide solution to 1 h, respectively and the behaviour of bacteria was monitored. Results were compared to traditional micro-assay method

  1. Electro-optical resonant switching in two-dimensional side-coupled waveguide-cavity photonic crystal systems

    Photonic crystals have many potential applications because of their ability to control lightwave propagation. We have investigated the electro-optical resonant switching in two-dimensional photonic crystal structures. The optical microcavity side coupled with a waveguide composed of a dielectric cylinder in air is studied by solving Maxwell's equations using the plane wave expansion method and finite-difference time-domain method. The switching mechanism is a change in the conductance of the microcavity and hence modulating the resonant mode and eventually resonant switching is achieved. Such a mechanism of switching should open up a new application for designing components in photonic integrated circuits. -- Highlights: → We report the electro-optical resonant switching in 2-D photonic crystal structures. → The defect modes are made by reducing the radius of a single rod in the microcavity. → The switching mechanism is a change in the conductance of the microcavity.

  2. Optical biosensor based on a silicon nanowire ridge waveguide for lab on chip applications

    Gamal, Rania; Ismail, Yehea; Swillam, Mohamed A.

    2015-04-01

    We propose a novel sensor using a silicon nanowire ridge waveguide (SNRW). This waveguide is comprised of an array of silicon nanowires on an insulator substrate that has the envelope of a ridge waveguide. The SNRW inherently maximizes the overlap between the material-under-test and the incident light wave by introducing voids to the otherwise bulk structure. When a sensing sample is injected, the voids within the SNRW adopt the refractive index of the material-under-test. Hence, the strong contribution of the material-under-test to the overall modal effective index will greatly augment the sensitivity. Additionally, the ridge structure provides a fabrication convenience as it covers the entire substrate, ensuring that the etching process would not damage the substrate. Finite-difference time-domain simulations are conducted and showed that the percentage change in the effective index due to a 1% change in the surrounding environment is more than 170 times the change perceived in an evanescent-detection based bulk silicon ridge waveguide. Moreover, the SNRW proves to be more sensitive than recent other, non-evanescent sensors. In addition, the detection limit for this structure was revealed to be as small as 10-8. A compact bimodal waveguide based on SNRW is designed and tested. It delivers high sensitivity values that offer comparable performance to similar low-index light-guiding sensing configurations; however, our proposed structure has much smaller footprints and allows high dense integration for lab-on-chip applications.

  3. Nano-optical single-photon response mapping of waveguide integrated molybdenum silicide (MoSi) superconducting nanowires.

    Li, Jian; Kirkwood, Robert A; Baker, Luke J; Bosworth, David; Erotokritou, Kleanthis; Banerjee, Archan; Heath, Robert M; Natarajan, Chandra M; Barber, Zoe H; Sorel, Marc; Hadfield, Robert H

    2016-06-27

    We present low temperature nano-optical characterization of a silicon-on-insulator (SOI) waveguide integrated SNSPD. The SNSPD is fabricated from an amorphous Mo83Si17 thin film chosen to give excellent substrate conformity. At 350 mK, the SNSPD exhibits a uniform photoresponse under perpendicular illumination, corresponding to a maximum system detection efficiency of approximately 5% at 1550 nm wavelength. Under these conditions 10 Hz dark count rate and 51 ps full width at half maximum (FWHM) timing jitter is observed. PMID:27410555

  4. Atomic force microscopy for the determination of refractive index profiles of optical fibres and waveguides: a quantitative study

    The use of preferential etching and atomic force microscopy to measure refractive index profiles of optical fibres is investigated. Both the etch rate and the position of lateral features are shown to be independent of etch time. An elliptical core fibre has been studied and the resultant profile found to be in qualitative agreement with the preform index profile. It is shown, however, that the ellipticity of the core has changed during the drawing process. The method has been extended to fluorine and germanium doped planar waveguides and the results correlated with the fabrication process

  5. Two-dimensional complex source point solutions: application to propagationally invariant beams, optical fiber modes, planar waveguides, and plasmonic devices.

    Sheppard, Colin J R; Kou, Shan S; Lin, Jiao

    2014-12-01

    Highly convergent beam modes in two dimensions are considered based on rigorous solutions of the scalar wave (Helmholtz) equation, using the complex source point formalism. The modes are applicable to planar waveguide or surface plasmonic structures and nearly concentric microcavity resonator modes in two dimensions. A novel solution is that of a vortex beam, where the direction of propagation is in the plane of the vortex. The modes also can be used as a basis for the cross section of propagationally invariant beams in three dimensions and bow-tie-shaped optical fiber modes. PMID:25606756

  6. Atom waveguide and 1D optical lattice using a two-color evanescent light field around an optical micro/nano-fiber

    Jian Fu; Xiang Yin; Ningyuan Li; Limin Tong

    2008-01-01

    We propose a two-color scheme of atom waveguides and one-dimensional(1D)optical lattices using evanescent wave fields of different transverse modes around an optical micro/nano-fiber.The atom guide potential can be produced when the optical fiber carries a red-detuned light with TE01 mode and a blue-detuned light with HE11 mode,and the 1D optical lattice potential can be produced when the red-detuned light is transformed to the superposition of the TE01 mode and HE11 mode.The two trapping potentials can be transformed to each other for accurately controlling mode transformation for the red-detuned light.This might provide a new approach to realize flexible transition between the guiding and trapping states of atoms.

  7. Optical waveguide behavior of Se-doped and undoped CdS one-dimensional nanostructures using near-field optical microscopy

    WANG Xiao; LIU Dan; PAN Anlian; FANG Zheyu; HUANG Shan; ZHU Xing

    2009-01-01

    The optical waveguide behaviors of CdS and CdSxSe1-x nanostructures are studied using near-field optical microscopy. Optical measurements demonstrate that light may be guided on sub-wavelength scales along CdS nanoribbons in straight or bent structures. The photoluminescence (PL) spectra from nanoribbon emission using scanning near-field optical microscopy are analyzed under different inci-dent laser intensities. The PL spectra along Se-doped and undoped CdS nanoribbons at different propagation distances are investigated. Both the guided PL spectra of Se-doped and undoped CdS nanoribbons show red-shifts because of the band-edge absorption. Our results are useful for the de-velopment of new kinds of functional nano devices.

  8. Microfabrication with femtosecond laser processing : (A) laser ablation of ferrous alloys, (B) direct-write embedded optical waveguides and integrated optics in bulk glasses.

    Guo, Junpeng; McDaniel, Karen Lynn; Palmer, Jeremy Andrew; Yang, Pin; Griffith, Michelle Lynn; Vawter, Gregory Allen; Harris, Marc F.; Tallant, David Robert; Luk, Ting Shan; Burns, George Robert

    2004-11-01

    At Sandia National Laboratories, miniaturization dominates future hardware designs, and technologies that address the manufacture of micro-scale to nano-scale features are in demand. Currently, Sandia is developing technologies such as photolithography/etching (e.g. silicon MEMS), LIGA, micro-electro-discharge machining (micro-EDM), and focused ion beam (FIB) machining to fulfill some of the component design requirements. Some processes are more encompassing than others, but each process has its niche, where all performance characteristics cannot be met by one technology. For example, micro-EDM creates highly accurate micro-scale features but the choice of materials is limited to conductive materials. With silicon-based MEMS technology, highly accurate nano-scale integrated devices are fabricated but the mechanical performance may not meet the requirements. Femtosecond laser processing has the potential to fulfill a broad range of design demands, both in terms of feature resolution and material choices, thereby improving fabrication of micro-components. One of the unique features of femtosecond lasers is the ability to ablate nearly all materials with little heat transfer, and therefore melting or damage, to the surrounding material, resulting in highly accurate micro-scale features. Another unique aspect to femtosecond radiation is the ability to create localized structural changes thought nonlinear absorption processes. By scanning the focal point within transparent material, we can create three-dimensional waveguides for biological sensors and optical components. In this report, we utilized the special characteristics of femtosecond laser processing for microfabrication. Special emphasis was placed on the laser-material interactions to gain a science-based understanding of the process and to determine the process parameter space for laser processing of metals and glasses. Two areas were investigated, including laser ablation of ferrous alloys and direct

  9. Optical modulator including grapene

    Liu, Ming; Yin, Xiaobo; Zhang, Xiang

    2016-06-07

    The present invention provides for a one or more layer graphene optical modulator. In a first exemplary embodiment the optical modulator includes an optical waveguide, a nanoscale oxide spacer adjacent to a working region of the waveguide, and a monolayer graphene sheet adjacent to the spacer. In a second exemplary embodiment, the optical modulator includes at least one pair of active media, where the pair includes an oxide spacer, a first monolayer graphene sheet adjacent to a first side of the spacer, and a second monolayer graphene sheet adjacent to a second side of the spacer, and at least one optical waveguide adjacent to the pair.

  10. Low-loss optical waveguides for the near ultra-violet and visible spectral regions with Al2O3 thin films from atomic layer deposition

    In this work, we report low-loss single-mode integrated optical waveguides in the near ultra-violet and visible spectral regions with aluminum oxide (Al2O3) films using an atomic layer deposition (ALD) process. Alumina films were deposited on glass and fused silica substrates by the ALD process at substrate/chamber temperatures of 200 oC and 300 oC. Transmission spectra and waveguide measurements were performed in our alumina films with thicknesses in the range of 210-380 nm for the optical characterization. Those measurements allowed us to determine the optical constants (nw and kw), propagation loss, and thickness of the alumina films. The experimental results from the applied techniques show good agreement and demonstrate a low-loss optical waveguide. Our alumina thin-film waveguides are well transparent in the whole visible spectral region and also in an important region of the UV; the measured propagation loss is below 4 dB/cm down to a wavelength as short as 250 nm. The low propagation loss of these alumina guiding films, in particular in the near ultra-violet region which lacks materials with high optical performance, is extremely useful for several integrated optic applications.

  11. Optically Active Organic Microrings

    Balzer, Frank; Beermann, J.; Bozhevolnyi, S.I.;

    2003-01-01

    -hexaphenyl molecules are generated on mica surfaces, possessing narrow size distributions with mean diameters of a few micrometers, wall widths of 100 to 200 nm, and wall heights of several hundred nanometers. Polarized linear and nonlinear optics reveals that the rings are made up of radially o...

  12. Active microdisk resonators in an optical code division multiple access system

    Akhavan, Hooman

    2013-02-01

    An optical code division multiple access design consisting of a set of active microdisks coupled to a waveguide bus for both encoder and decoder is presented. This integrated design is beneficial for secure transmission of data through an optical fiber channel. Device optimization and performance analysis shows dependence of the output signal quality on number of users and necessity of proper adjustment of quality factor of the resonators considering intended transmitted data rate.

  13. Giant optical gain in a rare-earth-ion-doped waveguide

    Geskus, Dimitri; Aravazhi, Shanmugam; Garcia Blanco, Sonia M.; Pollnau, Markus

    2011-01-01

    By exploiting large transition cross-sections, high dopant concentration, and strong light confinement, a gain of 950 dB/cm is demonstrated in a large-refractive-index-contrast KGdxLu1-x(WO4)2:Yb3+ channel waveguide, representing a two-orders-of-magnitude improvement over previous results in rare-ea

  14. Giant optical gain in rare-earth-ion-doped thin films and waveguides

    Geskus, D.; Aravazhi, S.; Garcia Blanco, S.M.; Pollnau, M.

    2011-01-01

    In a rare-earth-ion-doped double tungstate channel waveguide amplifier, we demonstrate an ultra-high modal gain of 950 dB/cm, two order of magnitude higher than in other rare-earth-ion-doped materials and comparable to modal gain in semiconductors.

  15. High-power single-transverse-mode ridge optical waveguide semiconductor lasers

    Popovichev, VV; Davydova, EI; Marmalyuk, AA; Simakov, A; Uspenskii, MB; Chel'nyi, AA; Bogatov, AP; Drakin, AE; Plisyuk, SA; Sratonnikov, AA

    2002-01-01

    More than 200 mW of a single-transverse-mode cw output power is obtained from a semiconductor heterolaser by optimising the waveguide properties of its ridge structure. e laser-beam divergence is close to the diffraction limit and its brightness exceeds 5 x 10(7) W cm(-2) sr(-1). The calculated and

  16. Effect of D2 outdiffusion on direct writing of optical waveguides

    Svalgaard, Mikael

    1999-01-01

    It is shown that the performance of UV written waveguides can be influenced strongly by the outdiffusion of molecular deuterium during fabrication. By cooling the sample to -33 °C, the time available for UV writing may be increased to > 10 h, compared to ~15 min at room temperature....

  17. Mechano-optical switching in a mems integrated photonic crystal slab waveguide

    Abdulla, S.M.C.; Kauppinen, L.J.; Dijkstra, M.A.; Berenschot, J.W.; Boer, de M.J.; Ridder, de R.M.; Krijnen, G.J.M.

    2011-01-01

    A photonic crystal slab waveguide (PhC-WG) with an integrated MEMS bimorph cantilever actuator has been successfully fabricated using deep UV lithography and surface micromaching techniques. The cantilever is equipped with tips that are self-aligned with respect to the holes of the PhC-WG such that

  18. Single- and double energy N+ ion irradiated planar optical waveguides in Er: Tungsten–tellurite oxide glass and sillenite type Bismuth Germanate crystals working up to telecommunications wavelengths

    Ion implantation proved to be a universal technique for producing waveguides in most optical materials. Tellurite glasses are good hosts of rare-earth elements for the development of fibre and integrated optical amplifiers and lasers covering all the main telecommunication bands. Er3+-doped tellurite glasses are good candidates for the fabrication of broadband amplifiers in wavelength division multiplexing around 1.55 μm, as they exhibit large stimulated cross sections and broad emission bandwidth. Fabrication of channel waveguides in such a material via N+ ion implantation was reported recently. Sillenite type Bismuth Germanate (BGO) crystals are good nonlinear optical materials. Parameters of waveguide fabrication in both materials via implantation of MeV-energy N+ ions were optimized. First single-energy implantations at 3.5 MeV at various fluences were applied. Waveguide operation up to 1.5 μm was observed in both materials. Then double-energy implantations at a fixed upper energy of 3.5 MeV and lower energies between 2.5 and 3.1 MeV were performed to suppress leaky modes by increasing barrier width. Improvement of waveguide characteristics was found by m-line spectroscopy and spectroscopic ellipsometry

  19. Theory of carrier depletion and light amplification in active slow light photonic crystal waveguides

    Chen, Yaohui; Mørk, Jesper

    2013-01-01

    Using a perturbative approach, we perform a quantitative three-dimensional analysis of slow-light enhanced traveling wave amplification in an active semiconductor photonic crystal waveguide. The impact of slow-light propagation on the carrier-depletion-induced nonlinear gain saturation of the...... device is investigated. An effective rate-equation-based model is presented. It is shown that it well accounts for the three-dimensional simulation results. Simulations indicate that a slow-light-enhanced photonic crystal traveling-wave amplifier has a high small-signal modal gain and low saturation...

  20. Strongly asymmetric waveguide laser diodes for high brightness picosecond optical pulses generation by gain switching at GHz repetition rates

    Rate equations analysis, supported by travelling wave simulations, is used to show that a diode laser design with a very low (<1%) confinement factor is optimal for generating streams of high energy optical pulses for nonlinear applications by large-signal modulation with both existing and potentially improved ac current generators. An asymmetric waveguide laser design is proposed to realize this low confinement factor while simultaneously maintaining good beam properties in a single transverse mode. The rate equations model complemented by transport equations is used to quantify the effects of transport in the broad optical confinement layer(s) on the laser dynamics, and it is shown that in the proposed laser construction the detrimental effects of transport are weak. (paper)

  1. Theoretical study of the all-optical tunable rainbow-trapping-like effect in chirped plasmonic slot waveguides

    An all-optical tunable rainbow-trapping-like effect is realized theoretically in a plasmonic slot waveguide with a chirped nanograting, permeated with organic polymer made of poly(hexafluoropropylene oxide) doped with cholesteryl iodide. Gradually increasing the grating period ensures that the stop band edge of the surface plasmon polariton mode varies with position along the nanograting, which brings about the rainbow-trapping-like effect. The physical mechanism underlying the all-optical tunability of this effect is attributed to the variation in the dispersion relations of the surface plasmon polariton mode caused by the pump laser induced refractive index change of cholesteryl iodide. A shift of up to 17 μm in the trapped position of the surface plasmon polariton mode is achieved under excitation of a 450 mJ cm−2 pump laser. (paper)

  2. The effect of different background beams on the optical rogue waves generated in a graded-index waveguide

    Goyal, Amit; Raju, Thokala Soloman; Kumar, C. N.; Panigrahi, Prasanta K.

    2016-04-01

    We analytically explore optical rogue waves in a nonlinear graded-index waveguide, with spatially modulated dispersion, nonlinearity, and linear refractive-index. We study the evolution of first-order rogue wave and rogue wave triplet on Airy-Bessel, sech2, and tanh background beams, and reveal that the characteristics of RWs are well maintained while the amplitude of the first-order RW gets enhanced three times the maximum value of the Airy-Bessel and sech2 background beams and five times in the case of RW triplet. These results could be of great interest in realizing the RWs in experimentally realizable situations on small-amplitude background beams in nonlinear optics.

  3. Optical Design and Active Optics Methods in Astronomy

    Lemaitre, Gerard R.

    2013-01-01

    Optical designs for astronomy involve implementation of active optics and adaptive optics from X-ray to the infrared. Developments and results of active optics methods for telescopes, spectrographs and coronagraph planet finders are presented. The high accuracy and remarkable smoothness of surfaces generated by active optics methods also allow elaborating new optical design types with high aspheric and/or non-axisymmetric surfaces. Depending on the goal and performance requested for a deforma...

  4. Active Faraday optical frequency standards

    Zhuang, Wei

    2014-01-01

    We propose the mechanism of active Faraday optical clock, and experimentally demonstrate active Faraday optical frequency standards based on 852 nm narrow bandwidth Faraday atomic filter by the method of velocity-selective optical pumping of cesium vapor. The center frequency of the active Faraday optical frequency standards is determined by the cesium 6 $^{2}S_{1/2}$ $F$ = 4 to 6 $^{2}P_{3/2}$ $F'$ = 4 and 5 crossover transition line. The optical heterodyne beat between two similar independent setups shows that the frequency linewidth reaches 996(26) Hz, which is 5.3 $\\times$ 10$^{3}$ times smaller than the natural linewidth of the cesium 852 nm transition line. The maximum emitted light power reaches 75 $\\upmu$W. The active Faraday optical frequency standards reported here have advantages of narrow linewidth and reduced cavity pulling, which can readily be extended to other atomic transition lines of alkali and alkaline-earth metal atoms trapped in optical lattices at magic wavelengths, making it useful for...

  5. Self-organization of coupling optical waveguides by the "pulling water" effect of write beam reflections in photo-induced refractive-index increase media

    Yoshimura, Tetsuzo; Kaburagi, Hiroshi

    2009-02-01

    To reduce efforts for optical assembly, we developed the reflective self-organized lightwave network (R-SOLNET). In R-SOLNET, optical devices with wavelength filters on their core facets are distributed in photo-induced refractive-index increase (PRI) media such as photo-polymers. Write beams from some devices and reflected write beams from the wavelength filters of the other devices overlap. In the overlap regions, the refractive index increases, pulling the write beams to the wavelength filter locations (the "pulling water" effect). By self-focusing, self-aligned optical waveguide networks are formed between the optical devices. Simulations based on the finite difference time domain method revealed that self-aligned optical waveguides of R-SOLNET are formed between cores with 2-μm and 0.5-μm widths including Y-branching waveguides. Experiments demonstrated that R-SOLNET is formed between an optical fiber and a micro-mirror placed with ~800-μm gap. For angular misalignment of 3o between the optical fiber and the micro-mirror, a bow-shaped R-SOLNET was observed. For lateral misalignment of 30 μm, an S-shaped R-SOLNET was observed. These results suggest that by placing reflective elements in PRI media, optical waveguides can be lead to the elements to form R-SOLNET. This enables self-aligned optical couplings for optoelectronic boards, intra-chip optical circuits, VCSELs/PDs, optical switches, and so on.

  6. Optical waveguiding in epitaxial Sr1.8Ca0.2NaNb5O15 films integrated on Si(0 0 1) substrates

    Epitaxial tetragonal tungsten-bronze structure Sr1.8Ca0.2NaNb5O15 (SCNN) thin films of 650 nm thick have been grown on Si(0 0 1) substrates for the first time using pulsed laser deposition. The large lattice mismatch between SCNN films and Si substrates was overcome by making use of a MgO/TiN buffer layer. Excellent optical waveguiding properties of these SCNN films have been demonstrated using a prism-coupling technique. The ordinary and extraordinary refractive indices at 632.8 nm were calculated to be 2.2141 and 2.1727, respectively, implying a large birefringence of 0.0414. A propagation loss of 1.7 dB cm-1 was measured in our waveguides. Our studies suggest that the SCNN/MgO/TiN/Si heterostructure is an ideal candidate for integrated optical waveguide applications

  7. High Power 940 nm Al-free Active Region Laser Diodes and Bars with a Broad Waveguide

    FANG Gaozhan; XIAO Jianwei; MA Xiaoyu; XU Zuntu; ZHANG Jinming; TAN Manqing; LIU Zongshun; LIU Suping; FENG Xiaoming

    2002-01-01

    The 940 nm Al-free active region laser diodes and bars with a broad waveguide were designed and fabricated. The stuctures were grown by metal organic chemical vapour deposition. The devices show excellent performances. The maximum output power of 6.7 W in the 100 μm broad-area laser diodes has been measured, and is 2.5 times higher than that in the Al-containing active region laser diodes with a narrow waveguide and 1.7 times higher than that in Al-free active region laser diodes with a narrow waveguide. The 19% fill-factor laser diode bars emit 33 W, and they can operate at 15W with low degradation rates.

  8. Optical properties of organic films, multilayers and plasmonic metal-organic waveguides fabricated by organic molecular beam deposition

    Wickremasinghe, Niranjala D.

    In this thesis, the optical properties of tris (8-hydroxyquinoline) aluminum (Alq3) and 3,5,9,10-perylentetracarboxylic dianhydride (PTCDA) organic films, PTCDA/ Alq3 multilayers and plasmonic Alq3 -metal waveguides are investigated. The organic films and heterostructures used for this work were fabricated by organic molecular beam deposition (OMBD). We investigated the quenching of the light emission in Alq3 films grown on a Si substrate as a function of cw laser excitation intensity at varying temperatures from 15 to 300 K. The saturation of the singlet-singlet annihilation coefficient was measured with spectrally-integrated (SI) photoluminescence (PL) using a photodiode. The bimolecular quenching coefficient was further studied with time-resolved (TR) PL as a function of 100 fs pulse fluences. The PL quenching is attributed to the annihilation of trapped excitons at Alq3 nanocrystal grain boundaries. The saturation is explained by the limited density of available trapping states at the grain boundaries. Our interpretation is supported by structural investigations of ultrathin Alq3 films with atomic force microscopy (AFM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and by comparing the experimental data with calculations using a coupled rate equation model. The wavelength dispersion of the refractive indices of PTCDA and Alq 3 layers and of PTCDA/Alq3 multilayer waveguides grown on Pyrex substrates was investigated. The m-line technique, an evanescent prism coupling technique, was used to determine the layers' thickness and the in-plane (TE modes) and normal (TM modes) refractive indices. The potential for controlling the refractive index dispersion and anisotropy by tailored organic multilayer waveguides is discussed.

  9. Design challenges of EO polymer based leaky waveguide deflector for 40 Gs/s all-optical analog-to-digital converters

    Hadjloum, Massinissa; El Gibari, Mohammed; Li, Hongwu; Daryoush, Afshin S.

    2016-08-01

    Design challenges and performance optimization of an all-optical analog-to-digital converter (AOADC) is presented here. The paper addresses both microwave and optical design of a leaky waveguide optical deflector using electro-optic (E-O) polymer. The optical deflector converts magnitude variation of the applied RF voltage into variation of deflection angle out of a leaky waveguide optical beam using the linear E-O effect (Pockels effect) as part of the E-O polymer based optical waveguide. This variation of deflection angle as result of the applied RF signal is then quantized using optical windows followed by an array of high-speed photodetectors. We optimized the leakage coefficient of the leaky waveguide and its physical length to achieve the best trade-off between bandwidth and the deflected optical beam resolution, by improving the phase velocity matching between lightwave and microwave on one hand and using pre-emphasis technique to compensate for the RF signal attenuation on the other hand. In addition, for ease of access from both optical and RF perspective, a via-hole less broad bandwidth transition is designed between coplanar pads and coupled microstrip (CPW-CMS) driving electrodes. With the best reported E-O coefficient of 350 pm/V, the designed E-O deflector should allow an AOADC operating over 44 giga-samples-per-seconds with an estimated effective resolution of 6.5 bits on RF signals with Nyquist bandwidth of 22 GHz. The overall DC power consumption of all components used in this AOADC is of order of 4 W and is dominated by power consumption in the power amplifier to generate a 20 V RF voltage in 50 Ohm system. A higher sampling rate can be achieved at similar bits of resolution by interleaving a number of this elementary AOADC at the expense of a higher power consumption.

  10. Optical Design and Active Optics Methods in Astronomy

    Lemaitre, Gerard R

    2013-01-01

    Optical designs for astronomy involve implementation of active optics and adaptive optics from X-ray to the infrared. Developments and results of active optics methods for telescopes, spectrographs and coronagraph planet finders are presented. The high accuracy and remarkable smoothness of surfaces generated by active optics methods also allow elaborating new optical design types with high aspheric and/or non-axisymmetric surfaces. Depending on the goal and performance requested for a deformable optical surface analytical investigations are carried out with one of the various facets of elasticity theory: small deformation thin plate theory, large deformation thin plate theory, shallow spherical shell theory, weakly conical shell theory. The resulting thickness distribution and associated bending force boundaries can be refined further with finite element analysis. Keywords: active optics, optical design, elasticity theory, astronomical optics, diffractive optics, X-ray optics

  11. Integrated hollow fiber membranes for gas delivery into optical waveguide based photobioreactors.

    Ahsan, Syed Saad; Gumus, Abdurrahman; Jain, Aadhar; Angenent, Largus T; Erickson, David

    2015-09-01

    Compact algal reactors are presented with: (1) closely stacked layers of waveguides to decrease light-path to enable larger optimal light-zones; (2) waveguides containing scatterers to uniformly distribute light; and (3) hollow fiber membranes to reduce energy required for gas transfer. The reactors are optimized by characterizing the aeration of different gases through hollow fiber membranes and characterizing light intensities at different culture densities. Close to 65% improvement in plateau peak productivities was achieved under low light-intensity growth experiments while maintaining 90% average/peak productivity output during 7-h light cycles. With associated mixing costs of ∼ 1 mW/L, several magnitudes smaller than closed photobioreactors, a twofold increase is realized in growth ramp rates with carbonated gas streams under high light intensities, and close to 20% output improvement across light intensities in reactors loaded with high density cultures. PMID:26116445

  12. Realization and infrared to green upconversion luminescence in Er.sup.3+./sup. : YAlO.sub.3./sub. ion-implanted optical waveguides

    Szachowicz, M.; Tascu, S.; Joubert, M.-F.; Moretti, P.; Nikl, Martin

    2006-01-01

    Roč. 28, - (2006), s. 162-166. ISSN 0925-3467 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10100521 Keywords : optical waveguides * Er 3+ : YAlO 3 * ion implantantion Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 1.709, year: 2006

  13. Wavelength-dependent optical gain in a $KGd_xLu_{1-x}(WO_4)_2:Yb^{3+}$ waveguide amplifier

    Geskus, D.; Aravazhi, S.; Garcia Blanco, S.M.; Pollnau, M.

    2011-01-01

    The gain of $KGd_{0.447}Lu_{0.078}Yb_{0.475}(WO_4)_2$ waveguide optical amplifiers in the wavelength range from 980 nm to 1023 nm is reported. Values above 150 dB/cm were obtained with peak gain of 935 dB/cm at 981 nm.

  14. A miniaturized fiber-optic colorimetric sensor for nitrite determination by coupling with a microfluidic capillary waveguide.

    Xiong, Yan; Wang, Cheng-Jie; Tao, Tao; Duan, Ming; Fang, Shen-Wen; Zheng, Min

    2016-05-01

    A microfluidic-capillary-waveguide-coupled fiber-optic sensor was developed for colorimetric determination of hazardous nitrite based on the Griess-Ilosvay reaction. The sensor was modularly designed by use of a light-emitting diode as the light source, silica fiber as the light transmission element, and a capillary waveguide tube as the light reaction flow cell. With the light interacting with the azo dye generated by the Griess-Ilosvay reaction between nitrite and Griess reagents, nitrite could be determined by a colorimetric method according to Beer's law. By use of the inexpensive and micro-sized elements mentioned above, the sensor provided a new low-cost and portable method for in situ and online measurement of nitrite. The sensor had a wide linear range for nitrite from 0.02 to 1.8 mg L(-1) and a low detection limit of 7 μg L(-1) (3σ), with a relative standard deviation of 0.37% (n = 10). With a low reagent demand of 200 μL, a short response time of 6.24 s, and excellent selectivity, the sensor is environmentally friendly and has been applied to nitrite determination in different water samples. The results were compared with those obtained by conventional spectrophotometry and ion chromatography, indicating the sensor's potential for practical applications. PMID:26939671

  15. Electrooptical and optical evaluation of Pb(Zr,Ti)O{sub 3} thin films using waveguide refractometry

    Potter, B.G. Jr.; Sinclair, M.B.; Dimos, D.; Tuttle, B.A.; Schwartz, R.W.

    1993-12-31

    Prism-coupled, waveguide refractometry was utilized to independently monitor electric field-induced changes in the extraordinary and ordinary refractive indices of a Pb(Zr{sub 0.53}Ti{sub 0.47})O{sub 3}(PZT 53/47) thin film. Under an electric field, applied normal to the film plane and corresponding to saturation of the electric polarization, ratio of the extraordinary to ordinary refractive index change ({Delta}n{sub e}/{Delta}n{sub o}) is found to be {minus}4/1, contributing to a net birefringence change ({Delta}n{sub e}-n{sub o}) of {minus}0.021. The technique, thus, accesses both diagonal and off-diagonal elements of the electrooptic response tensor describing the macroscopic behavior of the polycrystalline film. In addition, the widths of waveguide mode reflectivity minima were sensitive to variation in the microstructure of several PZT (40/60) films, indicating that the refractometry technique can provide information helpful in evaluating optical quality in these films.

  16. Ultra-compact, broadband tunable optical bandstop filters based on a multimode one-dimensional photonic crystal waveguide.

    Huang, Qingzhong; Jie, Kun; Liu, Qiang; Huang, Ying; Wang, Yi; Xia, Jinsong

    2016-09-01

    In this paper, ultra-compact, broadband tunable optical bandstop filters (OBSFs) based on a multimode one-dimensional photonic crystal waveguide (PhCW) are proposed and systematically investigated. For the wavelengths in the mini-stopband, the input mode is coupled to a contra-propagating higher order mode by the PhCW and then radiates in a taper, resulting in a stopband at the output with low backreflection at the input. Three-dimensional finite-difference time-domain method is employed to study the OBSFs. The influence of main structural parameters is analyzed, and the design is optimized to reduce the back-reflection and band sidelobes. Using localized heating, we can shift the stopband and tune the bandwidth continuously by cascading the proposed structures. Due to the strong grating strength, our device provides a more compact footprint (40 μm × 1 μm) and much broader stopband (bandwidth of up to 84 nm), compared to the counterparts based on microrings, long-period waveguide gratings, and multimode two-dimensional PhCWs. PMID:27607658

  17. Modeling of optical amplifier waveguide based on silicon nanostructures and rare earth ions doped silica matrix gain media by a finite-difference time-domain method: comparison of achievable gain with Er3+ or Nd3+ ions dopants

    Cardin, Julien; Dufour, Christian; Gourbilleau, Fabrice

    2015-01-01

    A comparative study of the gain achievement is performed in a waveguide optical amplifier whose active layer is constituted by a silica matrix containing silicon nanograins acting as sensitizer of either neodymium ions (Nd 3+) or erbium ions (Er 3+). Due to the large difference between population levels characteristic times (ms) and finite-difference time step (10 --17 s), the conventional auxiliary differential equation and finite-difference time-domain (ADE-FDTD) method is not appropriate to treat such systems. Consequently, a new two loops algorithm based on ADE-FDTD method is presented in order to model this waveguide optical amplifier. We investigate the steady states regime of both rare earth ions and silicon nanograins levels populations as well as the electromagnetic field for different pumping powers ranging from 1 to 10 4 mW.mm-2. Furthermore, the three dimensional distribution of achievable gain per unit length has been estimated in this pumping range. The Nd 3+ doped waveguide shows a higher gross...

  18. Buried planar and channel waveguides in sapphire and Ti:sapphire by proton implantation

    Laversenne, Laetitia; Hoffmann, Patrik; Pollnau, Markus; Moretti, Paul

    2004-01-01

    Buried, stacked planar, and channel waveguides fabricated by proton implantation into sapphire are demonstrated for the first time. The good control of implantation parameters is promising to achieve active integrated optics devices Ti3+:sapphire.

  19. Proton-exchanged waveguides for photonic applications in lithium niobate

    Gallo, Katia; Prawiharjo, Jerry; Broderick, Neil; Richardson, David J.

    2004-01-01

    This talk shall provide an overview of the current activity on integrated LiNbO3 devices based on proton-exchange techniques at the ORC. We shall present the technology and the experimental results obtained so far on slab waveguides in 2D Nonlinear Photonic Crystals and on channel waveguides in Periodically Poled Lithium Niobate and discuss perspective applications for all-optical signal processing in ultra-fast fibre telecom systems.

  20. Optical waveguide lightmode spectroscopy technique-based immunosensor development for aflatoxin B1 determination in spice paprika samples.

    Majer-Baranyi, Krisztina; Zalán, Zsolt; Mörtl, Mária; Juracsek, Judit; Szendrő, István; Székács, András; Adányi, Nóra

    2016-11-15

    Optical waveguide lightmode spectroscopy (OWLS) technique has been applied to label-free detection of aflatoxin B1 in a competitive immunoassay format, with the aim to compare the analytical goodness of the developed OWLS immunosenor with HPLC and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) methods for the detection of aflatoxin in spice paprika matrix. We have also assessed applicability of the QuEChERS method prior to ELISA measurements, and the results were compared to those obtained by traditional solvent extraction followed by immunoaffinity clean-up. The AFB1 content of sixty commercial spice paprika samples from different countries were measured with the developed and optimized OWLS immunosensor. Comparing the results from the indirect immunosensor to that obtained by HPLC or ELISA provided excellent correlation (with regression coefficients above 0.94) indicating that the competitive OWLS immunosensor has a potential for quick determination of aflatoxin B1 in paprika samples. PMID:27283719