Sample records for waveguides including materials

  1. FUNDAMENTAL AREAS OF PHENOMENOLOGY(INCLUDING APPLICATIONS): An Artificially Garnet Crystal Materials Using In Terahertz Waveguide (United States)

    Yang, Qing-Hui; Zhang, Huai-Wu; Liu, Ying-Li; Wen, Qi-Ye; Zha, Jie


    A hypothesis is brought forward that the materials with low propagation loss in both optical and microwave band may exhibit good performance in terahertz (THz) band because THz wave band interspaces those two wave bands. For the purpose of exploring a kind of low-loss material for THz waveguide, Lu2.1Bi0.9Fe5O12 (LuBilG) garnet films are prepared by liquid phase epitaxy (LPE) method on a gadolinium gallium garnet (GGG) substrate from lead-free flux because of the good properties in both optical and microwave bands. In microwave band, the ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) linewidth of the film 2ΔH = 2.8-5.1 Oe; in optical band, the optical absorption coefficient is 600 cm-1 at visible range and about 100-170 cm-1 when the wavelength is longer than 800nm. In THz range, our hypothesis is well confirmed by a THz-TDS measurement which shows that the absorbance of the him for THz wave is 0.05-0.3 cm-1 and the minimum value appears at 2.3 THz. This artificial ferromagnetic material holds a great promise for magnetic held tunable THz devices such as waveguide, modulator or switch.

  2. Optical waveguides in hard crystalline materials

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    Pollnau, Markus


    The recent results of our research group and collaborators in the field of fabrication, characterization, and applications of optical waveguides in hard crystalline materials, specifically in sapphire and Ti:sapphire, are reviewed.

  3. Advanced materials for integrated optical waveguides

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    Tong Ph D, Xingcun Colin


    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, ...

  4. Modeling of Slot Waveguide Sensors Based on Polymeric Materials

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    Lorenzo Pavesi


    Full Text Available Slot waveguides are very promising for optical sensing applications because of their peculiar spatial mode profile. In this paper we have carried out a detailed analysis of mode confinement properties in slot waveguides realized in very low refractive index materials. We show that the sensitivity of a slot waveguide is not directly related to the refractive index contrast of high and low materials forming the waveguide. Thus, a careful design of the structures allows the realization of high sensitivity devices even in very low refractive index materials (e.g., polymers to be achieved. Advantages of low index dielectrics in terms of cost, functionalization and ease of fabrication are discussed while keeping both CMOS compatibility and integrable design schemes. Finally, applications of low index slot waveguides as substitute of bulky fiber capillary sensors or in ring resonator architectures are addressed. Theoretical results of this work are relevant to well established polymer technologies.

  5. Modeling of Slot Waveguide Sensors Based on Polymeric Materials (United States)

    Bettotti, Paolo; Pitanti, Alessandro; Rigo, Eveline; De Leonardis, Francesco; Passaro, Vittorio M. N.; Pavesi, Lorenzo


    Slot waveguides are very promising for optical sensing applications because of their peculiar spatial mode profile. In this paper we have carried out a detailed analysis of mode confinement properties in slot waveguides realized in very low refractive index materials. We show that the sensitivity of a slot waveguide is not directly related to the refractive index contrast of high and low materials forming the waveguide. Thus, a careful design of the structures allows the realization of high sensitivity devices even in very low refractive index materials (e.g., polymers) to be achieved. Advantages of low index dielectrics in terms of cost, functionalization and ease of fabrication are discussed while keeping both CMOS compatibility and integrable design schemes. Finally, applications of low index slot waveguides as substitute of bulky fiber capillary sensors or in ring resonator architectures are addressed. Theoretical results of this work are relevant to well established polymer technologies. PMID:22164020

  6. Reconfigurable optical manipulation by phase change material waveguides. (United States)

    Zhang, Tianhang; Mei, Shengtao; Wang, Qian; Liu, Hong; Lim, Chwee Teck; Teng, Jinghua


    Optical manipulation by dielectric waveguides enables the transportation of particles and biomolecules beyond diffraction limits. However, traditional dielectric waveguides could only transport objects in the forward direction which does not fulfill the requirements of the next generation lab-on-chip system where the integrated manipulation system should be much more flexible and multifunctional. In this work, bidirectional transportation of objects on the nanoscale is demonstrated on a rectangular waveguide made of the phase change material Ge2Sb2Te5 (GST) by numerical simulations. Either continuous pushing forces or pulling forces are generated on the trapped particles when the GST is in the amorphous or crystalline phase. With the technique of a femtosecond laser induced phase transition on the GST, we further proposed a reconfigurable optical trap array on the same waveguide. This work demonstrates GST waveguide's potential of achieving multifunctional manipulation of multiple objects on the nanoscale with plausible optical setups.

  7. Modal conversion with artificial materials for photonic-crystal waveguides. (United States)

    Lalanne, Philippe; Talneau, A


    We study adiabatic mode transformations in photonic-crystal integrated circuits composed of a triangular lattice of holes etched into a planar waveguide. The taper relies on the manufacture of holes with progressively-varying dimensions. The variation synthesizes an artificial material with a gradient effective index. Calculations performed with a three-dimensional exact electromagnetic theory yield high transmission over a wide frequency range. To evidence the practical interest of the approach, a mode transformer with a length as small as lambda/2 is shown to provide a spectral-averaged transmission efficiency of 92% for tapering between a ridge waveguide and a photonic crystal waveguide with a one-row defect.

  8. Electromagnetic Radiation : Variational Methods, Waveguides and Accelerators Including seminal papers of Julian Schwinger

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    Milton, Kimball A


    This is a graduate level textbook on the theory of electromagnetic radiation and its application to waveguides, transmission lines, accelerator physics and synchrotron radiation. It has grown out of lectures and manuscripts by Julian Schwinger prepared during the war at MIT's Radiation Laboratory, updated with material developed by Schwinger at UCLA in the 1970s and 1980s, and by Milton at the University of Oklahoma since 1994. The book includes a great number of straightforward and challenging exercises and problems. It is addressed to students in physics, electrical engineering, and applied mathematics seeking a thorough introduction to electromagnetism with emphasis on radiation theory and its applications.

  9. Measurement of complex permittivity of composite materials using waveguide method

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    Tereshchenko, O.V.; Buesink, Frederik Johannes Karel; Leferink, Frank Bernardus Johannes


    Complex dielectric permittivity of 4 different composite materials has been measured using the transmissionline method. A waveguide fixture in L, S, C and X band was used for the measurements. Measurement accuracy is influenced by air gaps between test fixtures and the materials tested. One of the

  10. Vibro-acoustics of porous materials - waveguide modeling approach

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    Darula, Radoslav; Sorokin, Sergey V.


    The porous material is considered as a compound multi-layered waveguide (i.e. a fluid layer surrounded with elastic layers) with traction free boundary conditions. The attenuation of the vibro-acoustic waves in such a material is assessed. This approach is compared with a conventional Biot's model...

  11. Slow light based on material and waveguide dispersion

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    Nielsen, Torben Roland; Lavrinenko, Andrei; Mørk, Jesper


    We study slow light pulse propagation in a photonic crystal structure consisting of a dispersive and absorptive dielectric material and compare it with the constant wave case. The group index and the trasmission are investigated for the example of an ensemble of semiconductor quantum dots embedde...... in a photonic crystal waveguide by FDTD Maxwell-Bloch simulations. The total group index scales linearly with the material based group index whicle the transmission has a power dependency on the material based absorption coefficient....

  12. Silicon waveguide optical switch with embedded phase change material. (United States)

    Miller, Kevin J; Hallman, Kent A; Haglund, Richard F; Weiss, Sharon M


    Phase-change materials (PCMs) have emerged as promising active elements in silicon (Si) photonic systems. In this work, we design, fabricate, and characterize a hybrid Si-PCM optical switch. By integrating vanadium dioxide (a PCM) within a Si photonic waveguide, in a non-resonant geometry, we achieve ~10 dB broadband optical contrast with a PCM length of 500 nm using thermal actuation.

  13. Tunable nonreciprocal transmission system based on MIM waveguide with Kerr nonlinear material (United States)

    Xiao, Wenfeng; Luo, Xin; Zhai, Xiang; Wang, Lingling


    A novel nonreciprocal MIM waveguide with Kerr nonlinear material in near-infrared region is proposed and the corresponding transmission characteristics are investigated. In the proposed MIM waveguide, a transmission contrast ratio up to 49.2 dB can be achieved between forward and backward transmission by using the finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) method, revealing an excellent nonreciprocal effect. Moreover, the proposed nonreciprocal MIM waveguide can also be flexibly controlled as forward transmission or backward transmission at different wavelengths. Therefore, our results can offer a new possibility and important application in highly integrated optical circuits.

  14. A Cryogenic Waveguide Mount for Microstrip Circuit and Material Characterization (United States)

    U-yen, Kongpop; Brown, Ari D.; Moseley, Samuel H.; Noroozian, Omid; Wollack, Edward J.


    A waveguide split-block fixture used in the characterization of thin-film superconducting planar circuitry at millimeter wavelengths is described in detail. The test fixture is realized from a pair of mode converters, which transition from rectangular-waveguide to on-chip microstrip-line signal propagation via a stepped ridge-guide impedance transformer. The observed performance of the W-band package at 4.2K has a maximum in-band transmission ripple of 2dB between 1.53 and 1.89 times the waveguide cutoff frequency. This metrology approach enables the characterization of superconducting microstrip test structures as a function temperature and frequency. The limitations of the method are discussed and representative data for superconducting Nb and NbTiN thin film microstrip resonators on single-crystal Si dielectric substrates are presented.

  15. Planar waveguide with left-handed material guiding film for refractometry applications


    Taher M. El-Agez; Sofyan A. Taya; SHABAT, Mohamed M.; KULLAB, Hani M.


    A symmetric 3-layer slab waveguide with a left-handed material as a guiding layer is examined analytically for cover refractive index detection. The TM mode dispersion relation of the proposed waveguide is investigated. The sensitivity of the proposed sensor to changes in the cover refractive index and the power flowing within each layer are presented. Some unusual features are found; for example, the sensitivity of the proposed sensor is negative. Moreover, the sensitivity improvem...

  16. Planar optical waveguide based sandwich assay sensors and processes for the detection of biological targets including early detection of cancers (United States)

    Martinez, Jennifer S [Santa Fe, NM; Swanson, Basil I [Los Alamos, NM; Shively, John E [Arcadia, CA; Li, Lin [Monrovia, CA


    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.

  17. Measuring the complex permittivity tensor of uniaxial biological materials with coplanar waveguide transmission line (United States)

    A simple and accurate technique is described for measuring the uniaxial permittivity tensor of biological materials with a coplanar waveguide transmission-line configuration. Permittivity tensor results are presented for several chicken and beef fresh meat samples at 2.45 GHz....

  18. Metal-ion spin-on glasses: Novel materials for active waveguides

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    Ashby, C.I.H.; Sullivan, C.T.; Vawter, G.A.; Hohimer, J.P.; Hadley, G.R.; Neal, D.R.


    Monolithic integration of a rare-earth-ion-based active waveguide on the same wafer as its diode pump laser would permit compact packaging of the technology demonstrated in fiber lasers and amplifiers. This new monolithic technology would offer the potential for developing compact infrared and visible (up-conversion) lasers, amplifiers, and other photonic integrated circuit components. One approach that we are investigating for such monolithic integration uses a high concentration of one or more rare-earth ions incorporated into polysiloxane spin-on glasses that are solvent-cast onto III-V semiconductor wafers. This ``fiber on a chip`` technology substitute a relatively high-ion-concentration, short-length metal-ion spin-on glass (MISOG) waveguide for the low-ion-concentration, long-length fiber. Progress to data on developing MISOG waveguide materials and technology is discussed.

  19. Waveguide Mode Reflectometry for Obstacle Detection in the LHC Beam Pipe Including Signal Attenuation

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    Kroyer, Tom; Mahner, Edgar


    Unexpected obstacle formation in the LHC beam-pipe during assembly, cool down and operation may lead to major disturbances. Thus a fast, precise, sensitive and reliable means to detect and characterize such a fault is highly desirable, preferably without the need to break the vacuum. Waveguide mode time domain reflectometry using the synthetic pulse technique has been selected for this purpose. The system will use a modern vector network analyzer operating using essentially the fundamental TM mode on the LHC beam-screen. The objective is to measure over a full arc with access from either side both in reflection and transmission mode. If the proposed system is implemented a total of 32 couplers will be permanently installed, which may be used in normal operation for beam diagnostics and other applications. The attenuation of several short beam-screen sections has been measured both for TE and TM modes by means of a resonator method and these data are compared with theoretical results. Waveguide calibration on ...

  20. Ultrafast Laser Pulses for Structuring Materials at Micro/Nano Scale: From Waveguides to Superhydrophobic Surfaces

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    Daniel S. Correa


    Full Text Available The current demand for fabricating optical and photonic devices displaying high performance, using low-cost and time-saving methods, prompts femtosecond (fs-laser processing as a promising methodology. High and low repetition femtosecond lasers enable surface and/or bulk modification of distinct materials, which can be used for applications ranging from optical waveguides to superhydrophobic surfaces. Herein, some fundamental aspects of fs-laser processing of materials, as well as the basics of their most common experimental apparatuses, are introduced. A survey of results on polymer fs-laser processing, resulting in 3D waveguides, electroluminescent structures and active hybrid-microstructures for luminescence or biological microenvironments is presented. Similarly, results of fs-laser processing on glasses, gold and silicon to produce waveguides containing metallic nanoparticles, analytical chemical sensors and surface with modified features, respectively, are also described. The complexity of fs-laser micromachining involves precise control of material properties, pushing ultrafast laser processing as an advanced technique for micro/nano devices.

  1. Ink-jet printed fluorescent materials as light sources for planar optical waveguides on polymer foils (United States)

    Bollgruen, Patrick; Gleissner, Uwe; Wolfer, Tim; Megnin, Christof; Mager, Dario; Overmeyer, Ludger; Korvink, Jan G.; Hanemann, Thomas


    Polymer-based optical sensor networks on foils (planar optronic systems) are a promising research field, but it can be challenging to supply them with light. We present a solvent-free, ink-jet printable material system with optically active substances to create planar light sources for these networks. The ink is based on a UV-curable monomer, the fluorescent agents are EuDBMPhen or 9,10-diphenylantracene, which fluoresce at 612 or 430 nm, respectively. We demonstrate the application as light source by printing a small area of fluorescent material on an optical waveguide fabricated by flexographic printing on PMMA foil, resulting in a simple polymer-optical device fabricated entirely by additive deposition techniques. When excited by a 405-nm laser of 10 mW, the emitted light couples into the waveguide and appears at the end of the waveguide. In comparison to conventional light sources, the intensity is weak but could be detected with a photodiode power sensor. In return, the concept has the advantage of being completely independent of any electrical elements or external cable connections.

  2. Radio frequency (RF) microwave components and subsystems using loaded ridge waveguide (United States)

    Kang, Yoon W.


    A waveguide having a non-conductive material with a high permeability (.mu., .mu..sub.r for relative permeability) and/or a high permittivity (.di-elect cons., .di-elect cons..sub.r for relative permittivity) positioned within a housing. When compared to a hollow waveguide, the waveguide of this invention, reduces waveguide dimensions by ##EQU00001## The waveguide of this invention further includes ridges which further reduce the size and increases the usable frequency bandwidth.

  3. The influence of non-homogenous dielectric material in the waveguide propagation modes

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    Full Text Available The aim of this paper is to indicate the equations of electromagnetic wave in homogenous and non-homogenous dielectric material, estabilising the bundary conditions and solves by FEM the equations of the electromagnetic wave in the rectangular cavity. By numeric simulation of the waveguide in the cavity there have been studied the modifications of both the ways of propagation and the field’s distribution. The non-homogenous mediums afectes the field’s amplitude, obtaining a non-homogenous distribution. Poyting vector of the wave’s transmision, indicates the energetic flux’s concentration in the air besides the dielectric material.

  4. Substrate Integrated Waveguide Cavity Filters: Miniaturization and New Materials for IoT Applications

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    C. Tomassoni


    Full Text Available This paper presents an overview of the current research trends in the field of substrate integrated waveguide (SIW technology, with particular emphasis on the issues related to the emerging applications in the framework of the Internet of Things (IoT and the fifth generation of mobile communication (5G. More specifically, different techniques adopted to miniaturize SIW cavities are described, with the aim of reducing the footprint of SIW components and filters. Moreover, the use of innovative materials, like paper, textile and 3D printed dielectric substrates, is presented and discussed, and the implementation of ecofriendly, wearable, and fully 3D structures is illustrated.

  5. Polymer single-arm optical waveguide interferometer for detection of toxic industrial materials (United States)

    Sarkisov, Sergey S.; Curley, Michael J.; Adamovsky, Grigory


    We report a novel single-arm double-mode double-order waveguide interferometer being used as a chemical sensor for detection f toxic industrial materials such as ammonia in air. The sensor is based on thin films of polymers poly(methyl methacrylate) and polyimide doped with indicator dyes bromocresol purple and bromothymol blue. These dye- doped polymer materials exhibit a reversible optical absorption in a band near 600 nm being exposed to ammonia in wet air. The rise of absorption is accompanied by the change of the refractive index in near IR region out of the absorption band. The distinguished feature of the sensor is that is uses for reading the change of the refractive index of the dye-doped polymer film the interference of two propagation waveguide modes of different orders. The modes TM0 and TM1 are simultaneously excited in the light- guiding polymer film with a focusing optics and a prism coupler. The modes are decoupled from the film and recombined producing an interference pattern in the face of an output optical fiber. The sensitivity of the sensor to ammonia is 200 ppm per one full oscillation of the signal. We analyze effects of various factors such as polymer composition, light wavelength, ambient humidity and atmospheric pressure on the performance of the sensor. Various design and fabrication issues are also discussed. The problems of particular interest are reduction of losses and sensitivity improvement.

  6. Bismuth ferrite as low-loss switchable material for plasmonic waveguide modulator

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    Babicheva, Viktoriia; Zhukovsky, Sergei; Lavrinenko, Andrei


    We propose new designs of plasmonic modulators, which can beused for dynamic signal switching in photonic integrated circuits. We studyperformance of a plasmonic waveguide modulator with bismuth ferrite as atunable material. The bismuth ferrite core is sandwiched between metalplates (metal......-insulator-metal configuration), which also serve as electrodes.The core changes its refractive index by means of partial in-plane to out-of-plane reorientation of ferroelectric domains in bismuth ferrite under appliedvoltage. As a result, guided modes change their propagation constant andabsorption coefficient, allowing light...... modulation in both phase andamplitude control schemes. Due to high field confinement between themetal layers, existence of mode cut-offs for certain values of the corethickness, and near-zero material losses in bismuth ferrite, efficientmodulation performance is achieved. For the phase control scheme...

  7. Microfabricated Waveguide Atom Traps.

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    Jau, Yuan-Yu [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)


    A nanoscale , microfabricated waveguide structure can in - principle be used to trap atoms in well - defined locations and enable strong photon-atom interactions . A neutral - atom platform based on this microfabrication technology will be prealigned , which is especially important for quantum - control applications. At present, there is still no reported demonstration of evanescent - field atom trapping using a microfabricated waveguide structure. We described the capabilities established by our team for future development of the waveguide atom - trapping technology at SNL and report our studies to overcome the technical challenges of loading cold atoms into the waveguide atom traps, efficient and broadband optical coupling to a waveguide, and the waveguide material for high - power optical transmission. From the atomic - physics and the waveguide modeling, w e have shown that a square nano-waveguide can be utilized t o achieve better atomic spin squeezing than using a nanofiber for first time.

  8. Substrate Integrated Waveguide (SIW Coupler on Green Material Substrate for Internet of Things (IoT Applications

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    Khalid Nurehansafwanah


    Full Text Available This paper shows designed coupler on paper-substrate with Substrate Integrated Waveguide (SIW techniques. Types of paper-substrate that used are photographic paper. The rectangular coupler is presented with Substrate Integrated Waveguide (SIW which metallic via on paper-substrate. The structures of the coupler are designed and analysed using Computer Simulation Tools (CST Studio Suite 2014 Software. This designed coupler operating within frequency of 3.8-5 GHz. The paper-based substrates are permits the implementation of green materials (Eco-friendly technology. The design of the coupler and its simulated results are reported in this paper.

  9. An ultra-wideband dielectric material characterization method using grounded coplanar waveguide and genetic algorithm optimization (United States)

    Hadjloum, Massinissa; El Gibari, Mohammed; Li, Hongwu; Daryoush, Afshin S.


    An ultra-wideband complex permittivity extraction method is reported here using numerical fitting of scattering parameters to measured results. A grounded coplanar waveguide transmission line is realized on an unknown dielectric material, whose dielectric constant and loss tangent are extracted by the best fitting of the simulated magnitude, |S21|, and phase, ϕ21, of forward scattering parameter using an electromagnetic full-wave simulator (high frequency structure simulator) to the measured results. The genetic algorithm is employed for optimum rapid extraction, where errors between the numerically simulated and measured S21 (|S21| and ϕ21) are minimized in an iterative manner. As long as the convergence criterion is not satisfied, modifications to dielectric properties are made with this genetic algorithm implemented in Matlab. Feasibility of this extraction technique is validated on benzocyclobutane polymer from 10 MHz to 40 GHz.

  10. Omnidirectional Photonic Band Gap Using Low Refractive Index Contrast Materials and its Application in Optical Waveguides

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    Vidal Faez, Angelo


    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.

  11. Erbium-doped silicon-oxycarbide materials for advanced optical waveguide amplifiers (United States)

    Gallis, Spyros

    As a novel silicon based material, amorphous silicon oxycarbide (a-SiC xOyHz) has found many important applications (e.g. as a low-k material for interconnects) in Si microelectronics. This Ph.D. thesis work has explored another potential application of amorphous silicon oxycarbide: as a silicon-based host material for planar erbium-doped waveguide amplifiers (EDWAs) that operate at the telecommunications wavelength of 1540 nm. Such EDWAs are an important component of planar photonic integrated circuits being developed for implementation of the fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) technology. Furthermore, these Si-based EDWAs could be combined with other Si photonic devices (e.g. light sources, detectors, modulators) for achieving opto-electronic integration on Si chips, or silicon micro/nanophotonics. This thesis will start with basics about Er-doped systems and material challenges in the design of EDWAs. A detailed study of the structural and optical properties of a-SiCxOyHz materials under various deposition and processing conditions, concerning several aspects, such as thin film composition, chemical bonding, refractive index and optical gap, will be presented and discussed. Lastly, this work will focus on the photoluminescence (PL) properties of erbium-doped amorphous silicon oxycarbides (a-SiCxOyHz:Er). Results of both Er-related (near infrared ˜1540 nm) and matrix-related (visible) luminescence properties will be presented, and mechanisms leading to efficient excitation of Er ions in the materials will be discussed. This work indicates that a-SiC xOyHz:Er can be a promising matrix for realizing high-performance EDWAs using inexpensive broadband light sources.

  12. Attenuation in Superconducting Circular Waveguides

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    K. H. Yeap


    Full Text Available We present an analysis on wave propagation in superconducting circular waveguides. In order to account for the presence of quasiparticles in the intragap states of a superconductor, we employ the characteristic equation derived from the extended Mattis-Bardeen theory to compute the values of the complex conductivity. To calculate the attenuation in a circular waveguide, the tangential fields at the boundary of the wall are first matched with the electrical properties (which includes the complex conductivity of the wall material. The matching of fields with the electrical properties results in a set of transcendental equations which is able to accurately describe the propagation constant of the fields. Our results show that although the attenuation in the superconducting waveguide above cutoff (but below the gap frequency is finite, it is considerably lower than that in a normal waveguide. Above the gap frequency, however, the attenuation in the superconducting waveguide increases sharply. The attenuation eventually surpasses that in a normal waveguide. As frequency increases above the gap frequency, Cooper pairs break into quasiparticles. Hence, we attribute the sharp rise in attenuation to the increase in random collision of the quasiparticles with the lattice structure.

  13. A Coplanar Waveguide Resonator Based In-Line Material Characterization Sensor for Bulk and Metallized Dielectrics (United States)

    Talai, Armin; Gold, Gerald; Frank, Martin; Mann, Sebastian; Weigel, Robert; Koelpin, Alexander


    Microwave Materials such as Rogers RO3003 are subject to process-related fluctuations in terms of the relative permittivity and dielectric loss. The behavior of high frequency circuits like patch-antenna arrays and their distribution networks is dependent on the effective wavelength. Therefore, fluctuations of the complex permittivity will influence the resonance frequency and beam direction of the antennas. This paper presents a grounded coplanar waveguide based sensor, which can measure the complex permittivity at 77 GHz, as well as at other resonance frequencies, by applying it on top of the manufactured depaneling. The relative permittivity of the material under test (MUT) is a function of the resonance frequency shift and the dielectric loss of the MUT can be determined by transmission amplitude variations at the resonances. In addition, the sensor is robust against floating ground metallizations on inner printed circuit board layers, which are typically distributed over the entire surface below antennas. Furthermore, the impact from conductor surface roughness on the measured permittivity values is determined using the Gradient Model.

  14. Comb-like optical transmission spectra generated from one-dimensional two-segment-connected two-material waveguide networks optimized by genetic algorithm

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    Wang, Yu [MOE Key Laboratory of Laser Life Science and Institute of Laser Life Science, College of Biophotonics, South China Normal University, Guangzhou 510631 (China); Yang, Xiangbo, E-mail: [MOE Key Laboratory of Laser Life Science and Institute of Laser Life Science, College of Biophotonics, South China Normal University, Guangzhou 510631 (China); School of Physical Education and Sports Science, South China Normal University, Guangzhou 510006 (China); Lu, Jian; Zhang, Guogang [MOE Key Laboratory of Laser Life Science and Institute of Laser Life Science, College of Biophotonics, South China Normal University, Guangzhou 510631 (China); Liu, Chengyi Timon [School of Physical Education and Sports Science, South China Normal University, Guangzhou 510006 (China)


    In this Letter, a one-dimensional (1D) two-segment-connected two-material waveguide network (TSCTMWN) is designed to produce comb-like frequency passbands, where each waveguide segment is composed of normal and anomalous dispersion materials and the length ratio of sub-waveguide segments is optimized by genetic algorithm (GA). It is found that 66 comb-like frequency passbands are created in the second frequency unit, maximal relative width difference of which is less than 2×10{sup −5}. It may be useful for the designing of dense wavelength division multiplexings (DWDMs) and multi-channel filters, etc., and provide new applications for GA.

  15. Slab waveguide with air core layer and anisotropic left-handed material claddings as a sensor

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    Taya, S A


    .... Different from the waveguide mode sensors and surface plasmon resonance sensors in which the analyte is placed in the evanescent field region, the proposed sensor contains the sample in the core...

  16. Planar waveguides and other confined geometries theory, technology, production, and novel applications

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    This book provides a comprehensive overview of the theoretical concepts and experimental applications of planar waveguides and other confined geometries, such as optical fibres. Covering a broad array of advanced topics, it begins with a sophisticated discussion of planar waveguide theory, and covers subjects including efficient production of planar waveguides, materials selection, nonlinear effects, and applications including species analytics down to single-molecule identification, and thermo-optical switching using planar waveguides. Written by specialists in the techniques and applications covered, this book will be a useful resource for advanced graduate students and researchers studying planar waveguides and optical fibers.

  17. Waveguide-Based Biosensors for Pathogen Detection

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    Nile Hartman


    Full Text Available Optical phenomena such as fluorescence, phosphorescence, polarization, interference and non-linearity have been extensively used for biosensing applications. Optical waveguides (both planar and fiber-optic are comprised of a material with high permittivity/high refractive index surrounded on all sides by materials with lower refractive indices, such as a substrate and the media to be sensed. This arrangement allows coupled light to propagate through the high refractive index waveguide by total internal reflection and generates an electromagnetic wave—the evanescent field—whose amplitude decreases exponentially as the distance from the surface increases. Excitation of fluorophores within the evanescent wave allows for sensitive detection while minimizing background fluorescence from complex, “dirty” biological samples. In this review, we will describe the basic principles, advantages and disadvantages of planar optical waveguide-based biodetection technologies. This discussion will include already commercialized technologies (e.g., Corning’s EPIC® Ô, SRU Biosystems’ BIND™, Zeptosense®, etc. and new technologies that are under research and development. We will also review differing assay approaches for the detection of various biomolecules, as well as the thin-film coatings that are often required for waveguide functionalization and effective detection. Finally, we will discuss reverse-symmetry waveguides, resonant waveguide grating sensors and metal-clad leaky waveguides as alternative signal transducers in optical biosensing.

  18. Exact equivalent straight waveguide model for bent and twisted waveguides

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    Shyroki, Dzmitry


    Exact equivalent straight waveguide representation is given for a waveguide of arbitrary curvature and torsion. No assumptions regarding refractive index contrast, isotropy of materials, or particular morphology in the waveguide cross section are made. This enables rigorous full-vector modeling o...

  19. Room-temperature subnanosecond waveguide lasers in Nd:YVO4 Q-switched by phase-change VO2: A comparison with 2D materials (United States)

    Nie, Weijie; Li, Rang; Cheng, Chen; Chen, Yanxue; Lu, Qingming; Romero, Carolina; Vázquez de Aldana, Javier R.; Hao, Xiaotao; Chen, Feng


    We report on room-temperature subnanosecond waveguide laser operation at 1064 nm in a Nd:YVO4 crystal waveguide through Q-switching of phase-change nanomaterial vanadium dioxide (VO2). The unique feature of VO2 nanomaterial from the insulating to metallic phases offers low-saturation-intensity nonlinear absorptions of light for subnanosecond pulse generation. The low-loss waveguide is fabricated by using the femtosecond laser writing with depressed cladding geometry. Under optical pump at 808 nm, efficient pulsed laser has been achieved in the Nd:YVO4 waveguide, reaching minimum pulse duration of 690 ps and maximum output average power of 66.7 mW. To compare the Q-switched laser performances by VO2 saturable absorber with those based on two-dimensional materials, the 1064-nm laser pulses have been realized in the same waveguide platform with either graphene or transition metal dichalcogenide (in this work, WS2) coated mirror. The results on 2D material Q-switched waveguide lasers have shown that the shortest pulses are with 22-ns duration, whilst the maximum output average powers reach ~161.9 mW. This work shows the obvious difference on the lasing properties based on phase-change material and 2D materials, and suggests potential applications of VO2 as low-cost saturable absorber for subnanosecond laser generation.

  20. Evaluation of low-frequency operational limit of proposed ITER low-field-side reflectometer waveguide run including miter bends (United States)

    Wang, G.; Peebles, W. A.; Doyle, E. J.; Crocker, N. A.; Wannberg, C.; Lau, C.; Hanson, G. R.; Doane, J. L.


    The present design concept for the ITER low-field-side reflectometer transmission line (TL) consists of an ˜40 m long, 6.35 cm diameter helically corrugated waveguide (WG) together with ten 90° miter bends. This paper presents an evaluation of the TL performance at low frequencies (33-50 GHz) where the predicted HE11 mode ohmic and mode conversion losses start to increase significantly. Quasi-optical techniques were used to form a near Gaussian beam to efficiently couple radiation in this frequency range into the WG. It was observed that the output beams from the guide remained linearly polarized with cross-polarization power levels of ˜1.5%-3%. The polarization rotation due to the helical corrugations was in the range ˜1°-3°. The radiated beam power profiles typically show excellent Gaussian propagation characteristics at distances >20 cm from the final exit aperture. The round trip propagation loss was found to be ˜2.5 dB at 50 GHz and ˜6.5 dB at 35 GHz, showing an inverse increase with frequency. This was consistent with updated calculations of miter bend and ohmic losses. At low frequencies (33-50 GHz), the mode purity remained very good at the exit of the waveguide, and the losses are perfectly acceptable for operation in ITER. The primary challenge may come from the future addition of a Gaussian telescope and other filter components within the corrugated guide, which will likely introduce additional perturbations to the beam profile and an increase in mode-conversion loss.

  1. An X-band waveguide measurement technique for the accurate characterization of materials with low dielectric loss permittivity. (United States)

    Allen, Kenneth W; Scott, Mark M; Reid, David R; Bean, Jeffrey A; Ellis, Jeremy D; Morris, Andrew P; Marsh, Jeramy M


    In this work, we present a new X-band waveguide (WR90) measurement method that permits the broadband characterization of the complex permittivity for low dielectric loss tangent material specimens with improved accuracy. An electrically long polypropylene specimen that partially fills the cross-section is inserted into the waveguide and the transmitted scattering parameter (S21) is measured. The extraction method relies on computational electromagnetic simulations, coupled with a genetic algorithm, to match the experimental S21 measurement. The sensitivity of the technique to sample length was explored by simulating specimen lengths from 2.54 to 15.24 cm, in 2.54 cm increments. Analysis of our simulated data predicts the technique will have the sensitivity to measure loss tangent values on the order of 10(-3) for materials such as polymers with relatively low real permittivity values. The ability to accurately characterize low-loss dielectric material specimens of polypropylene is demonstrated experimentally. The method was validated by excellent agreement with a free-space focused-beam system measurement of a polypropylene sheet. This technique provides the material measurement community with the ability to accurately extract material properties of low-loss material specimen over the entire X-band range. This technique could easily be extended to other frequency bands.

  2. Dielectric Waveguide lasers

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    Pollnau, Markus; Orlovic, V.A.; Pachenko, V.; Scherbakov, I.A.


    Our recent results on planar and channel waveguide fabrication and lasers in the dielectric oxide materials Ti:sapphire and rare-earth-ion-doped potassium yttrium double tungstate (KYW) are reviewed. We have employed waveguide fabrication methods such as liquid phase epitaxy and reactive ion etching

  3. Topology optimized mode conversion in a photonic crystal waveguide fabricated in siliconon-insulator material

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    Frandsen, Lars Hagedorn; Elesin, Yuriy; Frellsen, Louise Floor


    We have designed and for the first time experimentally verified a topology optimized mode converter with a footprint of ∼6.3 μm × ∼3.6 μm which converts the fundamental even mode to the higher order odd mode of a dispersion engineered photonic crystal waveguide. 2D and 3D topology optimization is...

  4. Methods of using structures including catalytic materials disposed within porous zeolite materials to synthesize hydrocarbons (United States)

    Rollins, Harry W [Idaho Falls, ID; Petkovic, Lucia M [Idaho Falls, ID; Ginosar, Daniel M [Idaho Falls, ID


    Catalytic structures include a catalytic material disposed within a zeolite material. The catalytic material may be capable of catalyzing a formation of methanol from carbon monoxide and/or carbon dioxide, and the zeolite material may be capable of catalyzing a formation of hydrocarbon molecules from methanol. The catalytic material may include copper and zinc oxide. The zeolite material may include a first plurality of pores substantially defined by a crystal structure of the zeolite material and a second plurality of pores dispersed throughout the zeolite material. Systems for synthesizing hydrocarbon molecules also include catalytic structures. Methods for synthesizing hydrocarbon molecules include contacting hydrogen and at least one of carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide with such catalytic structures. Catalytic structures are fabricated by forming a zeolite material at least partially around a template structure, removing the template structure, and introducing a catalytic material into the zeolite material.

  5. Graphene antidot lattice waveguides

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    Pedersen, Jesper Goor; Gunst, Tue; Markussen, Troels


    We introduce graphene antidot lattice waveguides: nanostructured graphene where a region of pristine graphene is sandwiched between regions of graphene antidot lattices. The band gaps in the surrounding antidot lattices enable localized states to emerge in the central waveguide region. We model...... the waveguides via a position-dependent mass term in the Dirac approximation of graphene and arrive at analytical results for the dispersion relation and spinor eigenstates of the localized waveguide modes. To include atomistic details we also use a tight-binding model, which is in excellent agreement...... with the analytical results. The waveguides resemble graphene nanoribbons, but without the particular properties of ribbons that emerge due to the details of the edge. We show that electrons can be guided through kinks without additional resistance and that transport through the waveguides is robust against...

  6. Silicon photonics waveguide array chemical sensor with integrated read-out (Conference Presentation) (United States)

    Janeiro, Ricardo; Flores, Raquel; Viegas, Jaime


    Chemical sensing is usually achieved in photonics platforms by monitoring spectral changes on the output of a passive photonic element due to the modulation of the refractive index of core and cladding. Therefore, compact interferometers are usually sought for the embodiment of refractometer sensors. We present our work on refractive index sensors based on arrayed waveguide interference, which are built on a Silicon-On-Insulator (SOI) platform. A comparative study of two configurations, resonant and non-resonant is presented. In both cases the main design is based on a set of closely placed single mode waveguides. The distance between waveguides is such that directional coupling occurs. Moreover, when the distance between the waveguides is small comparatively to the transversal exponential decay length of the eigenmode of the waveguide, there is an enhancement effect of the electric field in the region between the waveguides, as usually seen for slotted waveguides. The reported sensors include multiple parallel slotted waveguides which are the core of the sensor. Non-resonant configuration incorporates straight waveguides from which the output can be directly imaged onto a CCD array for direct sensor read-out, while the resonant layout presents a set of concentric racetrack waveguides designed for light extended lifetime, enhancing the sensor sensitivity. A top polymer cladding is used to encapsulate the waveguides providing a permeable low index material. This cladding material acts as the transducer element, changing its optical properties when in contact with a chemical of interest, therefore allowing for high sensitivity and chemical selectivity.

  7. A hydrodynamic model for granular material flows including segregation effects (United States)

    Gilberg, Dominik; Klar, Axel; Steiner, Konrad


    The simulation of granular flows including segregation effects in large industrial processes using particle methods is accurate, but very time-consuming. To overcome the long computation times a macroscopic model is a natural choice. Therefore, we couple a mixture theory based segregation model to a hydrodynamic model of Navier-Stokes-type, describing the flow behavior of the granular material. The granular flow model is a hybrid model derived from kinetic theory and a soil mechanical approach to cover the regime of fast dilute flow, as well as slow dense flow, where the density of the granular material is close to the maximum packing density. Originally, the segregation model has been formulated by Thornton and Gray for idealized avalanches. It is modified and adapted to be in the preferred form for the coupling. In the final coupled model the segregation process depends on the local state of the granular system. On the other hand, the granular system changes as differently mixed regions of the granular material differ i.e. in the packing density. For the modeling process the focus lies on dry granular material flows of two particle types differing only in size but can be easily extended to arbitrary granular mixtures of different particle size and density. To solve the coupled system a finite volume approach is used. To test the model the rotational mixing of small and large particles in a tumbler is simulated.

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

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    Ryohei Takei


    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.

  9. Cladding material, tube including such cladding material and methods of forming the same (United States)

    Garnier, John E.; Griffith, George W.


    A multi-layered cladding material including a ceramic matrix composite and a metallic material, and a tube formed from the cladding material. The metallic material forms an inner liner of the tube and enables hermetic sealing of thereof. The metallic material at ends of the tube may be exposed and have an increased thickness enabling end cap welding. The metallic material may, optionally, be formed to infiltrate voids in the ceramic matrix composite, the ceramic matrix composite encapsulated by the metallic material. The ceramic matrix composite includes a fiber reinforcement and provides increased mechanical strength, stiffness, thermal shock resistance and high temperature load capacity to the metallic material of the inner liner. The tube may be used as a containment vessel for nuclear fuel used in a nuclear power plant or other reactor. Methods for forming the tube comprising the ceramic matrix composite and the metallic material are also disclosed.

  10. Microfabricated bragg waveguide (United States)

    Fleming, James G.; Lin, Shawn-Yu; Hadley, G. Ronald


    A microfabricated Bragg waveguide of semiconductor-compatible material having a hollow core and a multilayer dielectric cladding can be fabricated by integrated circuit technologies. The microfabricated Bragg waveguide can comprise a hollow channel waveguide or a hollow fiber. The Bragg fiber can be fabricated by coating a sacrificial mandrel or mold with alternating layers of high- and low-refractive-index dielectric materials and then removing the mandrel or mold to leave a hollow tube with a multilayer dielectric cladding. The Bragg channel waveguide can be fabricated by forming a trench embedded in a substrate and coating the inner wall of the trench with a multilayer dielectric cladding. The thicknesses of the alternating layers can be selected to satisfy the condition for minimum radiation loss of the guided wave.

  11. Extraction film for optical waveguide and method of producing same

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    Tarsa, Eric J.; Durkee, John W.


    An optical waveguide includes a waveguide body and a film disposed on a surface of the waveguide body. The film includes a base and a plurality of undercut light extraction elements disposed between the base and the surface.

  12. Topology optimized mode conversion in a photonic crystal waveguide fabricated in silicon-on-insulator material. (United States)

    Frandsen, Lars H; Elesin, Yuriy; Frellsen, Louise F; Mitrovic, Miranda; Ding, Yunhong; Sigmund, Ole; Yvind, Kresten


    We have designed and for the first time experimentally verified a topology optimized mode converter with a footprint of ~6.3 μm × ~3.6 μm which converts the fundamental even mode to the higher order odd mode of a dispersion engineered photonic crystal waveguide. 2D and 3D topology optimization is utilized and both schemes result in designs theoretically showing an extinction ratio larger than 21 dB. The 3D optimized design has an experimentally estimated insertion loss lower than ~2 dB in an ~43 nm bandwidth. The mode conversion is experimentally confirmed in this wavelength range by recording mode profiles using vertical grating couplers and an infrared camera. The experimentally determined extinction ratio is > 12 dB and is believed to be limited by the spatial resolution of our setup.

  13. Active Photonic Crystal Waveguides

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    Ek, Sara

    due to photonic crystal dispersion. The observations are explained by the enhancement of net gain by light slow down. Another application based on active photonic crystal waveguides is micro lasers. Measurements on quantum dot micro laser cavities with different mirror configurations and photonic......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...

  14. Peptide Optical waveguides. (United States)

    Handelman, Amir; Apter, Boris; Shostak, Tamar; Rosenman, Gil


    Small-scale optical devices, designed and fabricated onto one dielectric substrate, create integrated optical chip like their microelectronic analogues. These photonic circuits, based on diverse physical phenomena such as light-matter interaction, propagation of electromagnetic waves in a thin dielectric material, nonlinear and electro-optical effects, allow transmission, distribution, modulation, and processing of optical signals in optical communication systems, chemical and biological sensors, and more. The key component of these optical circuits providing both optical processing and photonic interconnections is light waveguides. Optical confinement and transmitting of the optical waves inside the waveguide material are possible due to the higher refractive index of the waveguides in comparison with their surroundings. In this work, we propose a novel field of bionanophotonics based on a new concept of optical waveguiding in synthetic elongated peptide nanostructures composed of ordered peptide dipole biomolecules. New technology of controllable deposition of peptide optical waveguiding structures by nanofountain pen technique is developed. Experimental studies of refractive index, optical transparency, and linear and nonlinear waveguiding in out-of-plane and in-plane diphenylalanine peptide nanotubes have been conducted. Optical waveguiding phenomena in peptide structures are simulated by the finite difference time domain method. The advantages of this new class of bio-optical waveguides are high refractive index contrast, wide spectral range of optical transparency, large optical nonlinearity, and electro-optical effect, making them promising for new applications in integrated multifunctional photonic circuits. Copyright © 2016 European Peptide Society and John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Copyright © 2016 European Peptide Society and John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  15. Long-range propagation of plasmon and phonon polaritons in hyperbolic-metamaterial waveguides (United States)

    Babicheva, Viktoriia E.


    We study photonic multilayer waveguides that include layers of materials and metamaterials with a hyperbolic dispersion (HMM). We consider the long-range propagation of plasmon and phonon polaritons at the dielectric–HMM interface in different waveguide geometries (single boundary or different layers of symmetric cladding). In contrast to the traditional analysis of geometrical parameters, we make an emphasis on the optical properties of constituent materials: solving dispersion equations, we analyze how dielectric and HMM permittivities affect propagation length and mode size of waveguide eigenmodes. We derive figures of merit that should be used for each waveguide in a broad range of permittivity values as well as compare them with plasmonic waveguides. We show that the conventional plasmonic quality factor, which is the ratio of real to imaginary parts of permittivity, is not applicable to the case of waveguides with complex structure. Both telecommunication wavelengths and mid-infrared spectral ranges are of interest considering recent advances in van der Waals materials, such as hexagonal boron nitride. We evaluate the performance of the waveguides with hexagonal boron nitride in the range where it possesses hyperbolic dispersion (wavelength 6.3–7.3 μm), and we show that these waveguides with natural hyperbolic properties have higher propagation lengths than metal-based HMM waveguides.

  16. Strongly Confined Spoof Surface Plasmon Polaritons Waveguiding Enabled by Planar Staggered Plasmonic Waveguides (United States)

    Ye, Longfang; Xiao, Yifan; Liu, Yanhui; Zhang, Liang; Cai, Guoxiong; Liu, Qing Huo


    We demonstrate a novel route to achieving highly efficient and strongly confined spoof surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs) waveguides at subwavelength scale enabled by planar staggered plasmonic waveguides (PSPWs). The structure of these new waveguides consists of an ultrathin metallic strip with periodic subwavelength staggered double groove arrays supported by a flexible dielectric substrate, leading to unique staggered EM coupling and waveguiding phenomenon. The spoof SPP propagation properties, including dispersion relations and near field distributions, are numerically investigated. Furthermore, broadband coplanar waveguide (CPW) to planar staggered plasmonic waveguide (PSPW) transitions are designed to achieve smooth momentum matching and highly efficient spoof SPP mode conversion. By applying these transitions, a CPW-PSPW-CPW structure is designed, fabricated and measured to verify the PSPW’s propagation performance at microwave frequencies. The investigation results show the proposed PSPWs have excellent performance of deep subwavelength spoof SPPs confinement, long propagation length and low bend loss, as well as great design flexibility to engineer the propagation properties by adjusting their geometry dimensions and material parameters. Our work opens up a new avenue for development of various advanced planar integrated plasmonic devices and circuits in microwave and terahertz regimes.

  17. High-performance slow light photonic crystal waveguides with topology optimized or circular-hole based material layouts

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    Wang, Fengwen; Jensen, Jakob Søndergaard; Sigmund, Ole


    energy located in air regions. It is demonstrated that slow light with a group index up to ng=278 can be achieved by topology optimized waveguides with promising modal confinement and restricted group-velocity-dispersion. All the topology optimized waveguides achieve a normalized group-index bandwidth......Photonic crystal waveguides are optimized for modal confinement and loss related to slow light with high group index. A detailed comparison between optimized circular-hole based waveguides and optimized waveguides with free topology is performed. Design robustness with respect to manufacturing...... imperfections is enforced by considering different design realizations generated from under-, standard- and over-etching processes in the optimization procedure. A constraint ensures a certain modal confinement, and loss related to slow light with high group index is indirectly treated by penalizing field...

  18. Bending loss of terahertz pipe waveguides. (United States)

    Lu, Jen-Tang; Hsueh, Yu-Chun; Huang, Yu-Ru; Hwang, Yuh-Jing; Sun, Chi-Kuang


    We present an experimental study on the bending loss of terahertz (THz) pipe waveguide. Bending loss of pipe waveguides is investigated for various frequencies, polarizations, core diameters, cladding thicknesses, and cladding materials. Our results indicate that the pipe waveguides with lower guiding loss suffer lower bending loss due to stronger mode confinement. The unexpected low bending loss in the investigated simple leaky waveguide structure promises variety of flexible applications.

  19. Investigation of semiconductor clad optical waveguides (United States)

    Batchman, T. E.; Carson, R. F.


    A variety of techniques have been proposed for fabricating integrated optical devices using semiconductors, lithium niobate, and glasses as waveguides and substrates. The use of glass waveguides and their interaction with thin semiconductor cladding layers was studied. Though the interactions of these multilayer waveguide structures have been analyzed here using glass, they may be applicable to other types of materials as well. The primary reason for using glass is that it provides a simple, inexpensive way to construct waveguides and devices.

  20. Group IV Materials for High Performance Methane Sensing in Novel Slot Optical Waveguides at 2.883 μm and 3.39 μm

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    Vittorio M. N. PASSARO


    Full Text Available In this paper a detailed investigation of novel photonic sensors based on slot waveguides has been carried out. Appropriate alloys of group IV materials, such as germanium (Ge, silicon (Si, carbon (C and tin (Sn, are applied in silicon-on-insulator (SOI technology for homogeneous optical sensing at 2.883 µm and 3.39 μm. Electronic and optical properties of group IV alloys have been investigated. In addition, we have designed novel group IV vertical slot waveguides in order to achieve ultra-high sensitivities, as well as good fabrication tolerances. All these features have been compared with well-known SOI slot waveguides for optical label-free homogeneous sensing at 1.55 µm. In conclusion, theoretical investigation of ring resonators based on these novel slot waveguides has revealed very good results in terms of ultra high sensing performance of methane gas, i.e., limit of detection ~ 3.6×10-5 RIU and wavelength sensitivity > 2×103 nm/RIU.

  1. Plasmonic modulator based on gain-assisted metal-semiconductor-metal waveguide

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    Babicheva, Viktoriia E; Malureanu, Radu; Yvind, Kresten; Lavrinenko, Andrei V


    We analyze metal-semiconductor-metal (MSM) waveguides with an InGaAsP-based active material layers as ultra-compact plasmonic modulators. Bulk material, quantum wells and quantum dots are considered as the sandwiched core. The design is improved by close-to-reality layout, including, in particular, n- and p-doped layers and barriers. The effective propagation constants in the MSM waveguides are calculated numerically. Their changes in the switching process are considered as figures of merit. Dependences on the waveguide core size and gain values of various active materials are studied.

  2. Optimization of Photonic Crystal 60o Waveguide Bends in the Slow Light Regime for Broadband Transmission

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    Lavrinenko, Andrei; Têtu, Amélie; Frandsen, Lars Hagedorn


    We present results for broadband transmission through photonic crystal waveguide bends optimized for slow-light modes. Theoretical analysis is complemented by experimental verification of designs including topology optimized ones fabricated in SOI material.......We present results for broadband transmission through photonic crystal waveguide bends optimized for slow-light modes. Theoretical analysis is complemented by experimental verification of designs including topology optimized ones fabricated in SOI material....

  3. Estimation of Complex Permittivity of Composite Multilayer Material at Microwave Frequency Using Waveguide Measurements (United States)

    Deshpande, Manohar D.; Dudley, Kenneth


    A simple method is presented to estimate the complex dielectric constants of individual layers of a multilayer composite material. Using the MatLab Optimization Tools simple MatLab scripts are written to search for electric properties of individual layers so as to match the measured and calculated S-parameters. A single layer composite material formed by using materials such as Bakelite, Nomex Felt, Fiber Glass, Woven Composite B and G, Nano Material #0, Cork, Garlock, of different thicknesses are tested using the present approach. Assuming the thicknesses of samples unknown, the present approach is shown to work well in estimating the dielectric constants and the thicknesses. A number of two layer composite materials formed by various combinations of above individual materials are tested using the present approach. However, the present approach could not provide estimate values close to their true values when the thicknesses of individual layers were assumed to be unknown. This is attributed to the difficulty in modelling the presence of airgaps between the layers while doing the measurement of S-parameters. A few examples of three layer composites are also presented.

  4. Polymeric slot waveguide for photonics sensing (United States)

    Chovan, J.; Uherek, F.


    Polymeric slot waveguide for photonics sensing was designed, simulated and studied in this work. The polymeric slot waveguide was designed on commercial Ormocer polymer platform and operates at visible 632.8 nm wavelength. Designed polymeric slot waveguide detects the refractive index change of the ambient material by evanescent field label-free techniques. The motivation for the reported work was to design a low-cost polymeric slot waveguide for sensing arms of integrated Mach-Zehnder interferometer optical sensor with reduced temperature dependency. The minimal dimensions of advanced sensing slot waveguide structure were designed for researcher direct laser writing fabrication by nonlinear two-photon polymerization. The normalized effective refractive index changes of TE and TM fundamental modes in polymeric slot waveguide and slab waveguides were compared. The sensitivity of the normalized effective refractive index changes of TE and TM fundamental modes on refractive index changes of the ambient material was investigated by glucose-water solutions.

  5. Multi-Mode Analysis of Dual Ridged Waveguide Systems for Material Characterization (United States)


    position of the United States Air Force, the Department of Defense, or the United States Government. This material is declared a work of the U.S...DRWG probe geometries were analyzed in previous work ; however, that research only incorporated the dominant DRWG mode. Here, that restriction is removed...coupled MFIE system is solved using the Method of Moments ( MoM ) where the tangential electric and magnetic fields in the DRWG are used as expansion and

  6. Visualization of unidirectional optical waveguide using topological photonic crystals made of dielectric material

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    Yang, Yuting; Xu, Tao; Wang, Hai-Xiao; Jiang, Jian-Hua; Hu, Xiao; Hang, Zhi Hong


    The introduction of topology unravels a new chapter of physics. Topological systems provide unique edge/interfacial quantum states which are expected to contribute to the development of novel spintronics and open the door to robust quantum computation. Optical systems can also benefit from topology. Engineering locally in real space a honeycomb photonic crystal with double Dirac cone in its photonic dispersion, topology transition in photonic band structure is induced and a pseudospin unidirectional optical channel is created and demonstrated by the backscattering immune electromagnetic transportation. The topological photonic crystal made of dielectric material can pave the road towards steering light propagations and contribute to novel communication technology.


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    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...... region. The invention also relates to optical devices comprising planar optical waveguides and methods of making waveguides and optical devices....

  8. Systems including catalysts in porous zeolite materials within a reactor for use in synthesizing hydrocarbons (United States)

    Rolllins, Harry W [Idaho Falls, ID; Petkovic, Lucia M [Idaho Falls, ID; Ginosar, Daniel M [Idaho Falls, ID


    Catalytic structures include a catalytic material disposed within a zeolite material. The catalytic material may be capable of catalyzing a formation of methanol from carbon monoxide and/or carbon dioxide, and the zeolite material may be capable of catalyzing a formation of hydrocarbon molecules from methanol. The catalytic material may include copper and zinc oxide. The zeolite material may include a first plurality of pores substantially defined by a crystal structure of the zeolite material and a second plurality of pores dispersed throughout the zeolite material. Systems for synthesizing hydrocarbon molecules also include catalytic structures. Methods for synthesizing hydrocarbon molecules include contacting hydrogen and at least one of carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide with such catalytic structures. Catalytic structures are fabricated by forming a zeolite material at least partially around a template structure, removing the template structure, and introducing a catalytic material into the zeolite material.

  9. Wave-guided optical waveguides

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


    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 potentially help...

  10. Microminiature optical waveguide structure and method for fabrication

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    Strand, O.T.; Deri, R.J.; Pocha, M.D.


    A method for manufacturing low-cost, nearly circular cross section waveguides comprises starting with a substrate material that a molten waveguide material can not wet or coat. A thin layer is deposited of an opposite material that the molten waveguide material will wet and is patterned to describe the desired surface-contact path pedestals for a waveguide. A waveguide material, e.g., polymer or doped silica, is deposited. A resist material is deposited and unwanted excess is removed to form pattern masks. The waveguide material is etched away to form waveguide precursors and the masks are removed. Heat is applied to reflow the waveguide precursors into near-circular cross-section waveguides that sit atop the pedestals. The waveguide material naturally forms nearly circular cross sections due to the surface tension effects. After cooling, the waveguides will maintain the round shape. If the width and length are the same, then spherical ball lenses are formed. Alternatively, the pedestals can be patterned to taper along their lengths on the surface of the substrate. This will cause the waveguides to assume a conical taper after reflowing by heat. 32 figs.

  11. Microminiature optical waveguide structure and method for fabrication (United States)

    Strand, Oliver T.; Deri, Robert J.; Pocha, Michael D.


    A method for manufacturing low-cost, nearly circular cross section waveguides comprises starting with a substrate material that a molten waveguide material can not wet or coat. A thin layer is deposited of an opposite material that the molten waveguide material will wet and is patterned to describe the desired surface-contact path pedestals for a waveguide. A waveguide material, e.g., polymer or doped silica, is deposited. A resist material is deposited and unwanted excess is removed to form pattern masks. The waveguide material is etched away to form waveguide precursors and the masks are removed. Heat is applied to reflow the waveguide precursors into near-circular cross-section waveguides that sit atop the pedestals. The waveguide material naturally forms nearly circular cross sections due to the surface tension effects. After cooling, the waveguides will maintain the round shape. If the width and length are the same, then spherical ball lenses are formed. Alternatively, the pedestals can be patterned to taper along their lengths on the surface of the substrate. This will cause the waveguides to assume a conical taper after reflowing by heat.

  12. Slow light in quantum dot photonic crystal waveguides

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    Nielsen, Torben Roland; Lavrinenko, Andrei; Mørk, Jesper


    A theoretical analysis of pulse propagation in a semiconductor quantum dot photonic crystal waveguide in the regime of electromagnetically induced transparency is presented. The slow light mechanism considered here is based on both material and waveguide dispersion. The group index n......(g) for the combined system is significantly enhanced relative to slow light based on purely material or waveguide dispersion....

  13. On the use of slow light for enhancing waveguide properties

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    Mørk, Jesper; Nielsen, Torben Roland


    On the basis of a general analysis of waveguides containing a dispersive material, we identify conditions under which slow-light propagation may enhance the gain, absorption, or phase change. The enhancement is shown to depend on the slow-light mechanism and the translational symmetry...... of the waveguide. A combination of material and waveguide dispersion may strongly enhance the control of light speed, e.g., using electromagnetically induced transparency in quantum dots embedded in a photonic crystal waveguide....

  14. Composite materials and bodies including silicon carbide and titanium diboride and methods of forming same (United States)

    Lillo, Thomas M.; Chu, Henry S.; Harrison, William M.; Bailey, Derek


    Methods of forming composite materials include coating particles of titanium dioxide with a substance including boron (e.g., boron carbide) and a substance including carbon, and reacting the titanium dioxide with the substance including boron and the substance including carbon to form titanium diboride. The methods may be used to form ceramic composite bodies and materials, such as, for example, a ceramic composite body or material including silicon carbide and titanium diboride. Such bodies and materials may be used as armor bodies and armor materials. Such methods may include forming a green body and sintering the green body to a desirable final density. Green bodies formed in accordance with such methods may include particles comprising titanium dioxide and a coating at least partially covering exterior surfaces thereof, the coating comprising a substance including boron (e.g., boron carbide) and a substance including carbon.

  15. Materials in products selection : Tools for including user-interaction in materials selection

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    Van Kesteren, I.E.H.; Stappers, P.J.; De Bruijn, J.C.M.


    Products do not only discriminate from other products in functionality, but also in the way they please users. The sensorial properties of materials influence whether a product provides adequate feedback or gives a pleasant emotional experience. Designing a specific userinteraction involves

  16. Planar polymer and glass graded index waveguides for data center applications (United States)

    Pitwon, Richard; Yamauchi, Akira; Brusberg, Lars; Wang, Kai; Ishigure, Takaaki; Schröder, Henning; Neitz, Marcel; Worrall, Alex


    Embedded optical waveguide technology for optical printed circuit boards (OPCBs) has advanced considerably over the past decade both in terms of materials and achievable waveguide structures. Two distinct classes of planar graded index multimode waveguide have recently emerged based on polymer and glass materials. We report on the suitability of graded index polymer waveguides, fabricated using the Mosquito method, and graded index glass waveguides, fabricated using ion diffusion on thin glass foils, for deployment within future data center environments as part of an optically disaggregated architecture. To this end, we first characterize the wavelength dependent performance of different waveguide types to assess their suitability with respect to two dominant emerging multimode transceiver classes based on directly modulated 850 nm VCSELs and 1310 silicon photonics devices. Furthermore we connect the different waveguide types into an optically disaggregated data storage system and characterize their performance with respect to different common high speed data protocols used at the intra and inter rack level including 10 Gb Ethernet and Serial Attached SCSI.

  17. Systems and strippable coatings for decontaminating structures that include porous material (United States)

    Fox, Robert V [Idaho Falls, ID; Avci, Recep [Bozeman, MT; Groenewold, Gary S [Idaho Falls, ID


    Methods of removing contaminant matter from porous materials include applying a polymer material to a contaminated surface, irradiating the contaminated surface to cause redistribution of contaminant matter, and removing at least a portion of the polymer material from the surface. Systems for decontaminating a contaminated structure comprising porous material include a radiation device configured to emit electromagnetic radiation toward a surface of a structure, and at least one spray device configured to apply a capture material onto the surface of the structure. Polymer materials that can be used in such methods and systems include polyphosphazine-based polymer materials having polyphosphazine backbone segments and side chain groups that include selected functional groups. The selected functional groups may include iminos, oximes, carboxylates, sulfonates, .beta.-diketones, phosphine sulfides, phosphates, phosphites, phosphonates, phosphinates, phosphine oxides, monothio phosphinic acids, and dithio phosphinic acids.

  18. The ideal imaging AR waveguide (United States)

    Grey, David J.


    Imaging waveguides are a key development that are helping to create the Augmented Reality revolution. They have the ability to use a small projector as an input and produce a wide field of view, large eyebox, full colour, see-through image with good contrast and resolution. WaveOptics is at the forefront of this AR technology and has developed and demonstrated an approach which is readily scalable. This paper presents our view of the ideal near-to-eye imaging AR waveguide. This will be a single-layer waveguide which can be manufactured in high volume and low cost, and is suitable for small form factor applications and all-day wear. We discuss the requirements of the waveguide for an excellent user experience. When enhanced (AR) viewing is not required, the waveguide should have at least 90% transmission, no distracting artifacts and should accommodate the user's ophthalmic prescription. When enhanced viewing is required, additionally, the waveguide requires excellent imaging performance, this includes resolution to the limit of human acuity, wide field of view, full colour, high luminance uniformity and contrast. Imaging waveguides are afocal designs and hence cannot provide ophthalmic correction. If the user requires this correction then they must wear either contact lenses, prescription spectacles or inserts. The ideal imaging waveguide would need to cope with all of these situations so we believe it must be capable of providing an eyebox at an eye relief suitable for spectacle wear which covers a significant range of population inter-pupillary distances. We describe the current status of our technology and review existing imaging waveguide technologies against the ideal component.

  19. Fluorescence based fiber optic and planar waveguide biosensors. A review

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    Benito-Peña, Elena [Department of Analytical Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, Complutense University, 28040 Madrid (Spain); Valdés, Mayra Granda [Department of Analytical Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, University of La Habana, 10400 La Habana (Cuba); Glahn-Martínez, Bettina [Department of Analytical Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, Complutense University, 28040 Madrid (Spain); Moreno-Bondi, Maria C., E-mail: [Department of Analytical Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, Complutense University, 28040 Madrid (Spain)


    The application of optical biosensors, specifically those that use optical fibers and planar waveguides, has escalated throughout the years in many fields, including environmental analysis, food safety and clinical diagnosis. Fluorescence is, without doubt, the most popular transducer signal used in these devices because of its higher selectivity and sensitivity, but most of all due to its wide versatility. This paper focuses on the working principles and configurations of fluorescence-based fiber optic and planar waveguide biosensors and will review biological recognition elements, sensing schemes, as well as some major and recent applications, published in the last ten years. The main goal is to provide the reader a general overview of a field that requires the joint collaboration of researchers of many different areas, including chemistry, physics, biology, engineering, and material science. - Highlights: • Principles, configurations and fluorescence techniques using fiber optic and planar waveguide biosensors are discussed. • The biorecognition elements and sensing schemes used in fiber optic and planar waveguide platforms are reviewed. • Some major and recent applications of fiber optic and planar waveguide biosensors are introduced.

  20. Amplifier Module for 260-GHz Band Using Quartz Waveguide Transitions (United States)

    Padmanabhan, Sharmila; Fung, King Man; Kangaslahti, Pekka P.; Peralta, Alejandro; Soria, Mary M.; Pukala, David M.; Sin, Seth; Samoska, Lorene A.; Sarkozy, Stephen; Lai, Richard


    Packaging of MMIC LNA (monolithic microwave integrated circuit low-noise amplifier) chips at frequencies over 200 GHz has always been problematic due to the high loss in the transition between the MMIC chip and the waveguide medium in which the chip will typically be used. In addition, above 200 GHz, wire-bond inductance between the LNA and the waveguide can severely limit the RF matching and bandwidth of the final waveguide amplifier module. This work resulted in the development of a low-loss quartz waveguide transition that includes a capacitive transmission line between the MMIC and the waveguide probe element. This capacitive transmission line tunes out the wirebond inductance (where the wire-bond is required to bond between the MMIC and the probe element). This inductance can severely limit the RF matching and bandwidth of the final waveguide amplifier module. The amplifier module consists of a quartz E-plane waveguide probe transition, a short capacitive tuning element, a short wire-bond to the MMIC, and the MMIC LNA. The output structure is similar, with a short wire-bond at the output of the MMIC, a quartz E-plane waveguide probe transition, and the output waveguide. The quartz probe element is made of 3-mil quartz, which is the thinnest commercially available material. The waveguide band used is WR4, from 170 to 260 GHz. This new transition and block design is an improvement over prior art because it provides for better RF matching, and will likely yield lower loss and better noise figure. The development of high-performance, low-noise amplifiers in the 180-to- 700-GHz range has applications for future earth science and planetary instruments with low power and volume, and astrophysics array instruments for molecular spectroscopy. This frequency band, while suitable for homeland security and commercial applications (such as millimeter-wave imaging, hidden weapons detection, crowd scanning, airport security, and communications), also has applications to

  1. Periodically oriented GaAs templates and waveguide structures for frequency conversion (United States)

    Oron, M. B.; Shusterman, S.; Blau, P.


    Material preparation methods and device fabrication technologies for realization of low loss periodically oriented GaAs waveguides are reported. Planar waveguide structures were grown by MOCVD on periodically patterned templates prepared by wafer bonding and selective layer removal. Ridge waveguides were designed and fabricated from the planar structures with emphasis on waveguide loss minimization. Record low losses of 2.0db/cm in periodically oriented waveguides and 0.95db/cm in single domain waveguides were measured. Routes for further loss reduction in patterned GaAs waveguides are discussed and initial results from further work to reduce waveguide corrugation are presented.

  2. Thick electrodes including nanoparticles having electroactive materials and methods of making same (United States)

    Xiao, Jie; Lu, Dongping; Liu, Jun; Zhang, Jiguang; Graff, Gordon L.


    Electrodes having nanostructure and/or utilizing nanoparticles of active materials and having high mass loadings of the active materials can be made to be physically robust and free of cracks and pinholes. The electrodes include nanoparticles having electroactive material, which nanoparticles are aggregated with carbon into larger secondary particles. The secondary particles can be bound with a binder to form the electrode.

  3. Thermoelectric material including conformal oxide layers and method of making the same using atomic layer deposition

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    Cho, Jung Young; Ahn, Dongjoon; Salvador, James R.; Meisner, Gregory P.


    A thermoelectric material includes a substrate particle and a plurality of conformal oxide layers formed on the substrate particle. The plurality of conformal oxide layers has a total oxide layer thickness ranging from about 2 nm to about 20 nm. The thermoelectric material excludes oxide nanoparticles. A method of making the thermoelectric material is also disclosed herein.

  4. Waveguide couplers for ferroelectric optical resonators


    Grudinin, Ivan S.; Kozhanov, A.; Yu, N.


    We report a study of using the same material to fabricate a whispering gallery mode resonator and a coupler. Coupling to high Q whispering gallery modes of the lithium niobate resonator is demonstrated by means of the titanium-doped waveguide. The waveguide coupling approach opens possibilities for simpler and wider practical usage of whispering gallery mode resonators and their integration into optical devices.

  5. Systems and Methods for Fabricating Structures Including Metallic Glass-Based Materials Using Ultrasonic Welding (United States)

    Hofmann, Douglas C. (Inventor); Roberts, Scott N. (Inventor)


    Systems and methods in accordance with embodiments of the invention fabricate objects including metallic glass-based materials using ultrasonic welding. In one embodiment, a method of fabricating an object that includes a metallic glass-based material includes: ultrasonically welding at least one ribbon to a surface; where at least one ribbon that is ultrasonically welded to a surface has a thickness of less than approximately; and where at least one ribbon that is ultrasonically welded to a surface includes a metallic glass-based material.

  6. Millimeter wave silicon micromachined waveguide probe as an aid for skin diagnosis--results of measurements on phantom material with varied water content. (United States)

    Dancila, D; Augustine, R; Töpfer, F; Dudorov, S; Hu, X; Emtestam, L; Tenerz, L; Oberhammer, J; Rydberg, A


    More than 2 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed annually in the United States, which makes it the most common form of cancer in that country. Early detection of cancer usually results in less extensive treatment and better outcome for the patient. Millimeter wave silicon micromachined waveguide probe is foreseen as an aid for skin diagnosis, which is currently based on visual inspection followed by biopsy, in cases where the macroscopical picture raises suspicion of malignancy. Demonstration of the discrimination potential of tissues of different water content using a novel micromachined silicon waveguide probe. Secondarily, the silicon probe miniaturization till an inspection area of 600 × 200 μm2, representing a drastic reduction by 96.3% of the probing area, in comparison with a conventional WR-10 waveguide. The high planar resolution is required for histology and early-state skin-cancer detection. To evaluate the probe three phantoms with different water contents, i.e. 50%, 75% and 95%, mimicking dielectric properties of human skin were characterized in the frequency range of 95-105 GHz. The complex permittivity values of the skin are obtained from the variation in frequency and amplitude of the reflection coefficient (S11), measured with a Vector Network Analyzer (VNA), by comparison with finite elements simulations of the measurement set-up, using the commercially available software, HFSS. The expected frequency variation is calculated with HFSS and is based on extrapolated complex permittivities, using one relaxation Debye model from permittivity measurements obtained using the Agilent probe. Millimeter wave reflection measurements were performed using the probe in the frequency range of 95-105 GHz with three phantoms materials and air. Intermediate measurement results are in good agreement with HFSS simulations, based on the extrapolated complex permittivity. The resonance frequency lowers, from the idle situation when it is probing air

  7. Near-field characterization of plasmonic waveguides

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    Zenin, Volodymyr


    simply by changing geometric parameters of the waveguide, keeping in mind the trade-off between confinement and propagation losses. A broad variety of plasmonic waveguides and waveguide components, including antennas for coupling the light in/out of the waveguide, requires correspondent characterization...... capabilities, especially on experimental side. The most straight-forward and powerful technique for such purpose is scanning near-field optical microscopy, which allows to probe and map near-field distribution and therefore becomes the main tool in this project. The detailed description of the used setups...

  8. Quantum waveguides

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    Exner, Pavel


    This monograph explains the theory of quantum waveguides, that is, dynamics of quantum particles confined to regions in the form of tubes, layers, networks, etc. The focus is on relations between the confinement geometry on the one hand and the spectral and scattering properties of the corresponding quantum Hamiltonians on the other. Perturbations of such operators, in particular, by external fields are also considered. The volume provides a unique summary of twenty five years of research activity in this area and indicates ways in which the theory can develop further. The book is fairly self-contained. While it requires some broader mathematical physics background, all the basic concepts are properly explained and proofs of most theorems are given in detail, so there is no need for additional sources. Without a parallel in the literature, the monograph by Exner and Kovarik guides the reader through this new and exciting field.

  9. Waveguide structures in anisotropic nonlinear crystals (United States)

    Li, Da; Hong, Pengda; Meissner, Helmuth E.


    We report on the design and manufacturing parameters of waveguiding structures of anisotropic nonlinear crystals that are employed for harmonic conversions, using Adhesive-Free Bonding (AFB®). This technology enables a full range of predetermined refractive index differences that are essential for the design of single mode or low-mode propagation with high efficiency in anisotropic nonlinear crystals which in turn results in compact frequency conversion systems. Examples of nonlinear optical waveguides include periodically bonded walk-off corrected nonlinear optical waveguides and periodically poled waveguide components, such as lithium triborate (LBO), beta barium borate (β-BBO), lithium niobate (LN), potassium titanyl phosphate (KTP), zinc germanium phosphide (ZGP) and silver selenogallate (AGSE). Simulation of planar LN waveguide shows that when the electric field vector E lies in the k-c plane, the power flow is directed precisely along the propagation direction, demonstrating waveguiding effect in the planar waveguide. Employment of anisotropic nonlinear optical waveguides, for example in combination with AFB® crystalline fiber waveguides (CFW), provides access to the design of a number of novel high power and high efficiency light sources spanning the range of wavelengths from deep ultraviolet (as short as 200 nm) to mid-infrared (as long as about 18 μm). To our knowledge, the technique is the only generally applicable one because most often there are no compatible cladding crystals available to nonlinear optical cores, especially not with an engineer-able refractive index difference and large mode area.

  10. Practical microstructured and plasmonic terahertz waveguides (United States)

    Markov, Andrey

    by low-loss air layers of comparable thickness. A large fraction of the modal fields in these waveguides is guided in the low-loss air region, thus effectively reducing the waveguide transmission losses. I consider that such waveguides can be useful not only for low-loss THz wave delivery, but also for sensing of biological and chemical specimens in the terahertz region, by placing the recognition elements directly into the waveguide microstructure. The main advantage of the proposed planar porous waveguide is the convenient access to its optical mode, since the major portion of THz power launched into such a waveguide is confined within the air layers. Moreover, small spacing between the layers promotes rapid loading of the analyte into the waveguide due to strong capillary effect (negative impact of dielectric cladding on the waveguide optical properties. In particular, I detail the use of low-density foams and microstructured plastic claddings as two enabling materials for the two-wire waveguide encapsulation. The hybrid fibe

  11. Freeform Phononic Waveguides

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    Georgios Gkantzounis


    Full Text Available We employ a recently introduced class of artificial structurally-disordered phononic structures that exhibit large and robust elastic frequency band gaps for efficient phonon guiding. Phononic crystals are periodic structures that prohibit the propagation of elastic waves through destructive interference and exhibit large band gaps and ballistic propagation of elastic waves in the permitted frequency ranges. In contrast, random-structured materials do not exhibit band gaps and favour localization or diffusive propagation. Here, we use structures with correlated disorder constructed from the so-called stealthy hyperuniform disordered point patterns, which can smoothly vary from completely random to periodic (full order by adjusting a single parameter. Such amorphous-like structures exhibit large band gaps (comparable to the periodic ones, both ballistic-like and diffusive propagation of elastic waves, and a large number of localized modes near the band edges. The presence of large elastic band gaps allows the creation of waveguides in hyperuniform materials, and we analyse various waveguide architectures displaying nearly 100% transmission in the GHz regime. Such phononic-circuit architectures are expected to have a direct impact on integrated micro-electro-mechanical filters and modulators for wireless communications and acousto-optical sensing applications.

  12. Fabrication and Characterisation of Silicon Waveguides for High-Speed Optical Signal Processing

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    Jensen, Asger Sellerup

    silicon waveguides. As an alternative to crystalline silicon waveguides for nonlinear optical applications, amorphous silicon was explored using RF sputtering potentially allowing for low density of detrimental hydrogen content in the final material. Unfortunately, the linear optical loss in the material...... was too high for any practical applications. It is speculated that the attempt at creating a material with low density of dangling bonds was unsuccessful. Nevertheless, linear losses of 2.4dB/cm at 1550nm wavelength in the silicon waveguides remained sufficiently low that high speed nonlinear optical...... signal processing could be demonstrated. This includes four wave mixing based wavelength conversion of a 320Gb/s Nyquist OTDM signal and cross phase modulation based signal regeneration of a 40Gb/s OTDM signal. Finally, a new type of low loss electrically driven optical modulator in silicon and silicon...

  13. Waveguide-coupled directional Raman radiation for surface analysis. (United States)

    Chen, Chen; Li, Jin-Yang; Wang, Li; Lu, Dan-Feng; Qi, Zhi-Mei


    Kretschmann-type waveguide structures, including Plasmon Waveguide (PW) and Resonant Mirror (RM), have been applied in interfacial Raman spectroscopy due to the following unique features: (1) unlike the classic surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrates made of either gold or silver, both PW and RM can be prepared using a large variety of inexpensive materials; (2) the field enhancement factors using these structures can be theoretically predicted and experimentally controlled, which enables us to manipulate the surface Raman sensitivity with high repeatability; (3) the use of transverse electric (TE) and transverse magnetic (TM) modes for Raman excitation allows us to evaluate the orientation of target molecules immobilized on the waveguide surface; (4) the unwanted impact of noble metals on the Raman fingerprints of target molecules, which is often observed for conventional SERS substrates, can be avoided upon the use of dielectric waveguides. In this paper, guided-mode-coupled directional Raman emission, which is an additional important feature of the waveguide Raman technique, was theoretically investigated based on the optical reciprocity theorem combined with the Fresnel equations. The simulation results indicate that the directional Raman emission from a dipole located within the field confinement and penetration depth of a guided mode depends on both the orientation of the dipole and its distance from the waveguide surface. Raman light from the TE-oriented dipoles is launched into the prism coupler at the TE-mode resonance angle and that from the non-TE-oriented dipoles propagates at the TM-mode resonance angle. The intensity of the guided-mode-excited Raman signal propagating at the mode resonance angle is proportional to the fourth power of the mode field (E(4)) at the depth of the dipole from the waveguide surface. This means that the guided-mode-excited and guided-mode-coupled directional Raman spectroscopy has a detection depth that is as

  14. Nanofocusing in a tapered graphene plasmonic waveguide

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    Dai, Yunyun; Zhu, Xiaolong; Mortensen, N. Asger


    Gated or doped graphene can support plasmons making it a promising plasmonic material in the terahertz regime. Here, we show numerically that in a tapered graphene plasmonic waveguide mid- and far-infrared light can be focused in nanometer scales, far beyond the diffraction limit. The underlying...... physics lies in that when propagating along the direction towards the tip both the group and phase velocities of the plasmons supported by the tapered graphene waveguide are reduced accordingly, eventually leading to nanofocusing at the tip with a huge enhancement of optical fields. The nanofocusing...... of optical fields in tapered graphene plasmonic waveguides could be potentially exploited in the enhancement of light–matter interactions....

  15. FDTD simulation of amorphous silicon waveguides for microphotonics applications (United States)

    Fantoni, A.; Lourenço, P.; Pinho, P.; Vieira, M.,


    In this work we correlate the dimension of the waveguide with small variations of the refractive index of the material used for the waveguide core. We calculate the effective modal refractive index for different dimensions of the waveguide and with slightly variation of the refractive index of the core material. These results are used as an input for a set of Finite Difference Time Domain simulation, directed to study the characteristics of amorphous silicon waveguides embedded in a SiO2 cladding. The study considers simple linear waveguides with rectangular section for studying the modal attenuation expected at different wavelengths. Transmission efficiency is determined analyzing the decay of the light power along the waveguides. As far as near infrared wavelengths are considered, a-Si:H shows a behavior highly dependent on the light wavelength and its extinction coefficient rapidly increases as operating frequency goes into visible spectrum range. The simulation results show that amorphous silicon can be considered a good candidate for waveguide material core whenever the waveguide length is as short as a few centimeters. The maximum transmission length is highly affected by the a-Si:H defect density, the mid-gap density of states and by the waveguide section area. The simulation results address a minimum requirement of 300nm×400nm waveguide section in order to keep attenuation below 1 dB cm-1.

  16. Optical modulator including grapene

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    Liu, Ming; Yin, Xiaobo; Zhang, Xiang


    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.

  17. Insulation Materials Comprising Fibers Having a Partially Cured Polymer Coating Thereon, Articles Including Such Insulation Materials, and Methods of Forming Such Materials and Articles (United States)

    Morgan, Richard E. (Inventor); Meeks, Craig L. (Inventor)


    Insulation materials have a coating of a partially cured polymer on a plurality of fibers, and the plurality of coated fibers in a cross-linked polymeric matrix. Insulation may be formed by applying a preceramic polymer to a plurality of fibers, heating the preceramic polymer to form a partially cured polymer over at least portions of the plurality of fibers, disposing the plurality of fibers in a polymeric material, and curing the polymeric material. A rocket motor may be formed by disposing a plurality of coated fibers in an insulation precursor, curing the insulation precursor to form an insulation material without sintering the partially cured polymer, and providing an energetic material over the polymeric material. An article includes an insulation material over at least one surface.

  18. Interconnect Between a Waveguide and a Dielectric Waveguide Comprising an Impedance Matched Dielectric Lens (United States)

    Decrossas, Emmanuel (Inventor); Chattopadhyay, Goutam (Inventor); Chahat, Nacer (Inventor); Tang, Adrian J. (Inventor)


    A lens for interconnecting a metallic waveguide with a dielectric waveguide is provided. The lens may be coupled a metallic waveguide and a dielectric waveguide, and minimize a signal loss between the metallic waveguide and the dielectric waveguide.

  19. Novel concepts for terahertz waveguide spectroscopy

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    Jepsen, Peter Uhd


    . With such waveguides we demonstrate that it is possible to perform quantitative spectroscopy on very small volumes of sample material inside the PPWG. Using continuous-wave as well as femtosecond excitation we inject carriers into semiconductor material in the transparent PPWG, and perform static as well as transient...... spectroscopy of the optically injected charges. Ongoing work in our laboratory investigates the lower limits to the amount of sample material required for quantitative spectroscopy. Whereas sensing of extremely small quantities of material is possible with resonant and thus narrow-band THz waveguide techniques...

  20. Loss compensation in metal-loaded hybrid plasmonic waveguides using Yb3+ potassium double tungstate gain materials

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    García Blanco, Sonia Maria; Sefünç, Mustafa; van Voorden, M.H.; Pollnau, Markus

    The compensation of propagation losses of plasmonic nanowaveguides will constitute an important milestone towards the widespread use of these structures as enabling components for highly dense, fast, on-chip nanophotonic circuitry. Rare-earth doped double tungstate gain materials can not only

  1. Optical waveguide theory

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    Snyder, Allan W


    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...

  2. A finite element technique for non-deterministic thermal deformation analyses including temperature dependent material properties (United States)

    Case, W. R., Jr.; Walston, W. H., Jr.


    A technique utilizing the finite element displacement method is developed for the static analysis of structures subjected to non-deterministic thermal loading in which the material properties, assumed isotropic, are temperature dependent. Matrix equations are developed for the first two statistical moments of the displacements using a third order series expansion for the displacements in terms of the random temperatures. Sample problems are included to demonstrate the range of applicability of the third order series solutions. These solutions are compared with results from Monte Carlo analyses and also, for some problems, with solutions obtained by numerically integrating equations for the statistical properties of the displacements. In general, it is shown that the effect of temperature dependent material properties can have a significant effect on the covariances of the displacements.

  3. Fluorescence based fiber optic and planar waveguide biosensors. A review. (United States)

    Benito-Peña, Elena; Valdés, Mayra Granda; Glahn-Martínez, Bettina; Moreno-Bondi, Maria C


    The application of optical biosensors, specifically those that use optical fibers and planar waveguides, has escalated throughout the years in many fields, including environmental analysis, food safety and clinical diagnosis. Fluorescence is, without doubt, the most popular transducer signal used in these devices because of its higher selectivity and sensitivity, but most of all due to its wide versatility. This paper focuses on the working principles and configurations of fluorescence-based fiber optic and planar waveguide biosensors and will review biological recognition elements, sensing schemes, as well as some major and recent applications, published in the last ten years. The main goal is to provide the reader a general overview of a field that requires the joint collaboration of researchers of many different areas, including chemistry, physics, biology, engineering, and material science. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  4. Some Recent Advances of Ultrasonic Diagnostic Methods Applied to Materials and Structures (Including Biological Ones) (United States)

    Nobile, Lucio; Nobile, Stefano

    This paper gives an overview of some recent advances of ultrasonic methods applied to materials and structures (including biological ones), exploring typical applications of these emerging inspection technologies to civil engineering and medicine. In confirmation of this trend, some results of an experimental research carried out involving both destructive and non-destructive testing methods for the evaluation of structural performance of existing reinforced concrete (RC) structures are discussed in terms of reliability. As a result, Ultrasonic testing can usefully supplement coring thus permitting less expensive and more representative evaluation of the concrete strength throughout the whole structure under examination.

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

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    Jinke Tang


    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.

  6. Mode properties in metallic and non-metallic plasmonic waveguides. (United States)

    Liu, Wanwan; Chen, Yifu; Hu, Xin; Wen, Long; Jin, Lin; Su, Qiang; Chen, Qin


    Non-metallic plasmonic materials have recently attracted research interest due to their adjustable plasmonic material properties and the potential low loss, which is important to plasmonic waveguides with ultrahigh mode confinement. In this paper, we analyzed the mode properties of four types of plasmonic waveguides based on noble metals, aluminum-zinc-oxide (AZO), and TiN, where the propagation length and mode size are chosen to compare the figures of merit. It is found that AZO has the smallest imaginary part of permittivity in the near-infrared region, while AZO waveguides have propagation lengths comparable to those of Cu waveguides but shorter than those of Au and Ag waveguides. Furthermore, due to the larger real part of permittivities, the mode sizes of the AZO and TiN waveguides are smaller than those of the metal waveguides, in particular, for the insulator-metal-insulator waveguide and dielectric-loaded plasmonic waveguide. AZO/ZnO films with tunable carrier density between 1.8×1017/cm3 and 8.6×1020/cm3 were grown by pulsed-laser deposition. Metal-like properties, i.e., negative real part of permittivity around 1550 nm, were observed, predicting an interesting candidate in the plasmonic optical interconnect.

  7. Reliability Analysis of Brittle Material Structures - Including MEMS(?) - With the CARES/Life Program (United States)

    Nemeth, Noel N.


    Brittle materials are being used, or considered, for a wide variety of high tech applications that operate in harsh environments, including static and rotating turbine parts. thermal protection systems, dental prosthetics, fuel cells, oxygen transport membranes, radomes, and MEMS. Designing components to sustain repeated load without fracturing while using the minimum amount of material requires the use of a probabilistic design methodology. The CARES/Life code provides a general-purpose analysis tool that predicts the probability of failure of a ceramic component as a function of its time in service. For this presentation an interview of the CARES/Life program will be provided. Emphasis will be placed on describing the latest enhancements to the code for reliability analysis with time varying loads and temperatures (fully transient reliability analysis). Also, early efforts in investigating the validity of using Weibull statistics, the basis of the CARES/Life program, to characterize the strength of MEMS structures will be described as as well as the version of CARES/Life for MEMS (CARES/MEMS) being prepared which incorporates single crystal and edge flaw reliability analysis capability. It is hoped this talk will open a dialog for potential collaboration in the area of MEMS testing and life prediction.

  8. Simulation tool for optical design of PET detector modules including scintillator material and sensor array

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    Jatekos, B.; Erdei, G.; Lorincz, E. [Budapest Univ. of Technology and Economics, Dept. of Atomic Physics, Budafoki ut 8, H-1111 Budapest (Hungary)


    The appearance of single photon avalanche diodes (SPADs) in the field of PET detector modules made it necessary to apply more complex optical design methods to refine the performance of such assemblies. We developed a combined simulation tool that is capable to model complex detector structures including scintillation material, light guide, light collection optics and sensor, correctly taking into account the statistical behavior of emission of scintillation light and its absorbance in SPADs. As a validation we compared simulation results obtained by our software and another optical design program. Calculations were performed for a simple PET detector arrangement used for testing purposes. According to the results, deviation of center of gravity coordinates between the two simulations is 0.0195 mm, the average ratio of total counts 1.0052. We investigated the error resulting from finite sampling in wavelength space and we found that 20 nm pitch is sufficient for the simulation in case of the given spectral dependencies. (authors)

  9. Fundamentals of optical waveguides

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    Okamoto, Katsunari


    Fundamentals of Optical Waveguides is an essential resource for any researcher, professional or student involved in optics and communications engineering. Any reader interested in designing or actively working with optical devices must have a firm grasp of the principles of lightwave propagation. Katsunari Okamoto has presented this difficult technology clearly and concisely with several illustrations and equations. Optical theory encompassed in this reference includes coupled mode theory, nonlinear optical effects, finite element method, beam propagation method, staircase concatenation method, along with several central theorems and formulas. Since the publication of the well-received first edition of this book, planar lightwave circuits and photonic crystal fibers have fully matured. With this second edition the advances of these fibers along with other improvements on existing optical technologies are completely detailed. This comprehensive volume enables readers to fully analyze, design and simulate opti...

  10. Low-loss CMOS copper plasmonic waveguides at the nanoscale (Conference Presentation) (United States)

    Fedyanin, Dmitry Y.; Yakubovsky, Dmitry I.; Kirtaev, Roman V.; Volkov, Valentyn S.


    Implementation of optical components in microprocessors can increase their performance by orders of magnitude. However, the size of optical elements is fundamentally limited by diffraction, while miniaturization is one of the essential concepts in the development of high-speed and energy-efficient electronic chips. Surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs) are widely considered to be promising candidates for the next generation of chip-scale technology thanks to the ability to break down the fundamental diffraction limit and manipulate optical signals at the truly nometer scale. In the past years, a variety of deep-subwavelength plasmonic structures have been proposed and investigated, including dielectric-loaded SPP waveguides, V-groove waveguides, hybrid plasmonic waveguides and metal nanowires. At the same time, for practical application, such waveguide structures must be integrated on a silicon chip and be fabricated using CMOS fabrication process. However, to date, acceptable characteristics have been demonstrated only with noble metals (gold and silver), which are not compatible with industry-standard manufacturing technologies. On the other hand, alternative materials introduce enormous propagation losses due absorption in the metal. This prevents plasmonic components from implementation in on-chip nanophotonic circuits. In this work, we experimentally demonstrate for the first time that copper plasmonic waveguides fabricated in a CMOS compatible process can outperform gold waveguides showing the same level of mode confinement and lower propagation losses. At telecommunication wavelengths, the fabricated ultralow-loss deep-subwavelength hybrid plasmonic waveguides ensure a relatively long propagation length of more than 50 um along with strong mode confinement with the mode size down to lambda^2/70, which is confirmed by direct scanning near-field optical microscopy (SNOM) measurements. These results create the backbone for design and development of high

  11. Loss compensation in long-range dielectric-loaded surface plasmon-polariton waveguides

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    García Blanco, Sonia Maria; Pollnau, Markus; Bozhevolnyi, Sergey I.


    Loss compensation in long-range dielectric-loaded surface plasmon-polariton waveguides is theoretically analyzed when rare-earth-doped double tungstate crystalline material is used as the gain medium in three different waveguide configurations. We study the effect of waveguide geometry on loss

  12. Direct UV-writing of waveguides

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    Færch, Kjartan Ullitz


    The research presented in this phd thesis is concerned about fabrication of waveguide structures in photosensitized germanosilica thin films by exposure to Ultra-violet (UV) radiation. Using a high pressure loading system and a waveguide fabrication setup, planar waveguiding structures with an UV...... induced refractive index change of more than 10-2 have been obtained. New insight, with respect to understanding the UV induced index change obtained by direct UV writing, has been provided, through experiments conducted with such high-pressure loaded germanosilica samples. This include measurements...... of the UV induced refractive index change, and spectroscopic measurements of the defect distribution, for various fabrication parameters. A method to measure the concentration of molecular hydrogen in thin film planar waveguide samples is established and validated for hydrogen loadign at up to 12 mole...

  13. Heat Conductivity of Composite Materials with Included Balls of Zero Heat Conductivity

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    O. V. Pugachev


    Full Text Available The problem under consideration is to estimate the effective coefficient of heat conductivity of a material with included balls of zero heat conductivity, being either in a cubic lattice order or chaotically.The solution of heat conductivity equation can be obtained using a Wiener process. In this mathematical model, the process of heat conduction is represented by random motion of \\heat particles", although these \\particles" do not exist in a physical sense: they are special formal objects, they represent a sample of a distribution the density of which is proportional to the density of heat energy in each time moment. If one has a solid without heat exchange on its surface, the trajectories of randomly moving particles must reflect from the surface.Consider a non-bounded flat layer of a composite with its effective heat conductivity to be evaluated. As a criterion of heat conductivity, consider the probability P, which may be that a heat particle, starting from one side of the layer reaches its other side for the time less than T. For a homogeneous isotropic material, this probability is calculated analytically.Having performed a series of computing experiments simulating heat conductivity through the layer of a composite (the source of heat is applied to its surface, and on the opposite surface is heat absorbing and processed the experiments' results statistically, one obtains confidence intervals for P, wherefrom appear the confidence intervals for the effective temperature conductivity (under what temperature conductivity a homogeneous material yields the same value of P. Finally, the effective coefficient of heat conductivity is calculated by multiplying the effective coefficient of temperature conductivity with the average volume heat capacity.Various ratios of the inclusion radius to the cube lattice period (or the corresponding space densities of chaotic inclusions were considered. For series of 4,300 randomly moving particles, the

  14. Electromagnetic Scattering at the Waveguide Step between Equilateral Triangular Waveguides

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    Ana Morán-López


    Full Text Available The analysis of the electromagnetic scattering at discontinuities between equilateral triangular waveguides is studied. The complete electromagnetic solution is derived using analytical closed form expressions for the mode spectrum of the equilateral waveguide. The mathematical formulation of the electromagnetic scattering problem is based on the quasi-analytical Mode-Matching method. This method benefits from the electromagnetic field division into symmetries as well as from the plane wave formulation presented for the expressions involved. The unification of the surface integrals used in the method thanks to the plane wave formulation is revealed, leading to expressions that are very well suited for its implementation in an electromagnetic analysis and design code. The obtained results for some cases of interest (building blocks for microwave components for communication systems are verified using other numerical methods included in a commercial software package, showing the potential of the presented approach based on quasi-analytic expressions.

  15. Open literature review of threats including sabotage and theft of fissile material transport in Japan.

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    Cochran, John Russell; Furaus, James Phillip; Marincel, Michelle K.


    This report is a review of open literature concerning threats including sabotage and theft related to fissile material transport in Japan. It is intended to aid Japanese officials in the development of a design basis threat. This threat includes the external threats of the terrorist, criminal, and extremist, and the insider threats of the disgruntled employee, the employee forced into cooperation via coercion, the psychotic employee, and the criminal employee. Examination of the external terrorist threat considers Japanese demographics, known terrorist groups in Japan, and the international relations of Japan. Demographically, Japan has a relatively homogenous population, both ethnically and religiously. Japan is a relatively peaceful nation, but its history illustrates that it is not immune to terrorism. It has a history of domestic terrorism and the open literature points to the Red Army, Aum Shinrikyo, Chukaku-Ha, and Seikijuku. Japan supports the United States in its war on terrorism and in Iraq, which may make Japan a target for both international and domestic terrorists. Crime appears to remain low in Japan; however sources note that the foreign crime rate is increasing as the number of foreign nationals in the country increases. Antinuclear groups' recent foci have been nuclear reprocessing technology, transportation of MOX fuel, and possible related nuclear proliferation issues. The insider threat is first defined by the threat of the disgruntled employee. This threat can be determined by studying the history of Japan's employment system, where Keiretsu have provided company stability and lifetime employment. Recent economic difficulties and an increase of corporate crime, due to sole reliability on the honor code, have begun to erode employee loyalty.

  16. Empirical Validation of a Thermal Model of a Complex Roof Including Phase Change Materials

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    Stéphane Guichard


    Full Text Available This paper deals with the empirical validation of a building thermal model of a complex roof including a phase change material (PCM. A mathematical model dedicated to PCMs based on the heat apparent capacity method was implemented in a multi-zone building simulation code, the aim being to increase the understanding of the thermal behavior of the whole building with PCM technologies. In order to empirically validate the model, the methodology is based both on numerical and experimental studies. A parametric sensitivity analysis was performed and a set of parameters of the thermal model has been identified for optimization. The use of the generic optimization program called GenOpt® coupled to the building simulation code enabled to determine the set of adequate parameters. We first present the empirical validation methodology and main results of previous work. We then give an overview of GenOpt® and its coupling with the building simulation code. Finally, once the optimization results are obtained, comparisons of the thermal predictions with measurements are found to be acceptable and are presented.

  17. Large-bandwidth planar photonic crystal waveguides

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    Søndergaard, Thomas; Lavrinenko, Andrei


    A general design principle is presented for making finite-height photonic crystal waveguides that support leakage-free guidance of light over large frequency intervals. The large bandwidth waveguides are designed by introducing line defects in photonic crystal slabs, where the material in the line...... defect has appropriate dispersion properties relative to the photonic crystal slab material surrounding the line defect. A three-dimensional theoretical analysis is given for large-bandwidth waveguide designs based on a silicon-air photonic crystal slab suspended in air. In one example, the leakage......-free single-mode guidance is found for a large frequency interval covering 60% of the photonic band-gap....

  18. 75 FR 16514 - Bayer Material Science, LLC, Formally Known as Sheffield Plastics, Including On-Site Leased... (United States)


    ... Employment and Training Administration Bayer Material Science, LLC, Formally Known as Sheffield Plastics... Material Science, LLC, formally known as Sheffield Plastics, including on-site leased workers from... that Bayer Material Science, LLC was formally known as Sheffield Plastics. Some workers separated from...

  19. Compositions of graphene materials with metal nanostructures and microstructures and methods of making and using including pressure sensors

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    Chen, Ye


    Composition comprising at least one graphene material and at least one metal. The metal can be in the form of nanoparticles as well as microflakes, including single crystal microflakes. The metal can be intercalated in the graphene sheets. The composition has high conductivity and flexibility. The composition can be made by a one-pot synthesis in which a graphene material precursor is converted to the graphene material, and the metal precursor is converted to the metal. A reducing solvent or dispersant such as NMP can be used. Devices made from the composition include a pressure sensor which has high sensitivity. Two two- dimension materials can be combined to form a hybrid material.

  20. Modeling ozone removal to indoor materials, including the effects of porosity, pore diameter, and thickness. (United States)

    Gall, Elliott T; Siegel, Jeffrey A; Corsi, Richard L


    We develop an ozone transport and reaction model to determine reaction probabilities and assess the importance of physical properties such as porosity, pore diameter, and material thickness on reactive uptake of ozone to five materials. The one-dimensional model accounts for molecular diffusion from bulk air to the air-material interface, reaction at the interface, and diffusive transport and reaction through material pore volumes. Material-ozone reaction probabilities that account for internal transport and internal pore area, γ(ipa), are determined by a minimization of residuals between predicted and experimentally derived ozone concentrations. Values of γ(ipa) are generally less than effective reaction probabilities (γ(eff)) determined previously, likely because of the inclusion of diffusion into substrates and reaction with internal surface area (rather than the use of the horizontally projected external material areas). Estimates of γ(ipa) average 1 × 10(-7), 2 × 10(-7), 4 × 10(-5), 2 × 10(-5), and 4 × 10(-7) for two types of cellulose paper, pervious pavement, Portland cement concrete, and an activated carbon cloth, respectively. The transport and reaction model developed here accounts for observed differences in ozone removal to varying thicknesses of the cellulose paper, and estimates a near constant γ(ipa) as material thickness increases from 0.02 to 0.16 cm.

  1. Thermal waveguide OPO. (United States)

    Lin, S T; Lin, Y Y; Wang, T D; Huang, Y C


    We report a mid-infrared, CW singly resonant optical parametric oscillator (OPO) with a thermally induced waveguide in its gain crystal. We measured a numerical aperture of 0.0062 for the waveguide at 80-W intracavity power at 3.2 microm. This thermal-guiding effect benefits to the stable operation of an OPO and improves the parametric conversion efficiency by more than a factor of two when compared with that without thermal guiding.


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    Full Text Available The hollow core photonic crystal waveguide biosensor is designed and described. The biosensor was tested in experiments for artificial sweetener identification in drinks. The photonic crystal waveguide biosensor has a high sensitivity to the optical properties of liquids filling up the hollow core. The compactness, good integration ability to different optical systems and compatibility for use in industrial settings make such biosensor very promising for various biomedical applications.

  3. Method of extruding and packaging a thin sample of reactive material including forming the extrusion die (United States)

    Lewandowski, Edward F.; Peterson, Leroy L.


    This invention teaches a method of cutting a narrow slot in an extrusion die with an electrical discharge machine by first drilling spaced holes at the ends of where the slot will be, whereby the oil can flow through the holes and slot to flush the material eroded away as the slot is being cut. The invention further teaches a method of extruding a very thin ribbon of solid highly reactive material such as lithium or sodium through the die in an inert atmosphere of nitrogen, argon or the like as in a glovebox. The invention further teaches a method of stamping out sample discs from the ribbon and of packaging each disc by sandwiching it between two aluminum sheets and cold welding the sheets together along an annular seam beyond the outer periphery of the disc. This provides a sample of high purity reactive material that can have a long shelf life.

  4. Modeling of Acoustic Emission Signal Propagation in Waveguides

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    Andreea-Manuela Zelenyak


    Full Text Available Acoustic emission (AE testing is a widely used nondestructive testing (NDT method to investigate material failure. When environmental conditions are harmful for the operation of the sensors, waveguides are typically mounted in between the inspected structure and the sensor. Such waveguides can be built from different materials or have different designs in accordance with the experimental needs. All these variations can cause changes in the acoustic emission signals in terms of modal conversion, additional attenuation or shift in frequency content. A finite element method (FEM was used to model acoustic emission signal propagation in an aluminum plate with an attached waveguide and was validated against experimental data. The geometry of the waveguide is systematically changed by varying the radius and height to investigate the influence on the detected signals. Different waveguide materials were implemented and change of material properties as function of temperature were taken into account. Development of the option of modeling different waveguide options replaces the time consuming and expensive trial and error alternative of experiments. Thus, the aim of this research has important implications for those who use waveguides for AE testing.

  5. UV Defined Nanoporous Liquid Core Waveguides

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    Christiansen, Mads Brøkner; Gopalakrishnan, Nimi; Ndoni, Sokol


    Nanoporous liquid core waveguides, where both core and cladding are made from the same material, are presented. The nanoporous polymer used is intrinsically hydrophobic, but selective UV exposure enables it to infiltrate with an aqueous solution, thus raising the refractive index from 1.26 to 1...

  6. Bandwidth engineering of photonic crystal waveguide bends

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    Borel, Peter Ingo; Frandsen, Lars Hagedorn; Harpøth, Anders


    An effective design principle has been applied to photonic crystal waveguide bends fabricated in silicon-on-insulator material using deep UV lithography resulting in a large increase in the low-loss bandwidth of the bends. Furthermore, it is experimentally demonstrated that the absolute bandwidth...

  7. Evaluation of flexural strength and color stability of different denture base materials including flexible material after using different denture cleansers

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    Vrinda R Shah


    Results: Maximum effect on colour stability was noted with Clinsodent followed by Valclean. Least color changes were observed after immersion in Polident. Colour difference was increased significantly as the immersion time increased. For both Meliodent and Nylon resins, statistically significant change in flexural strength occurred with immersion in all denture cleansers. Clinsodent has greater effect as compared to Valclean and Polident. Conclusions: Polident and Valclean can be safely used as denture cleanser for both nylon and acrylic resin denture base materials as far as colour stability and flexural strength both are concerned.

  8. Analysis of Metal-Dielectric Waveguides with Circular Sectors

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    Torrent, Daniel; Boria, Vicente E; Sánchez-Dehesa, José


    The study of metallic corrugated surfaces has recently received strong attention due to their ability to mimic the behaviour of surface plasmons. In this work, this plasmon-like behaviour is employed to design an open cylindrical waveguide. The structure consists on a longitudinally corrugated metallic cylinder with corrugations filled with a dielectric material. The dispersion relation of this waveguide is analyzed in the \\`Ocontinuous limit\\'O, defined as the limit in which the number of corrugations is infinite, but keeping their periodicity constant. It is found that, in this limit, the waveguide supports only TE guided modes and their dispersion relation becomes highly degenerated. Finally, it is shown that the waveguide behaves as an anisotropic cylindrical rod with extreme electromagnetic parameters, what makes it possible to apply these structures not only as waveguides but also as building blocks for metamaterials.

  9. Plasmonic modulator based on thin metal-semiconductor-metal waveguide with gain core

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    Babicheva, Viktoriia; Malureanu, Radu; Lavrinenko, Andrei


    We focus on plasmonic modulators with a gain core to be implemented as active nanodevices in photonic integrated circuits. In particular, we analyze metal–semiconductor–metal (MSM) waveguides with InGaAsP-based active material layers. A MSM waveguide enables high field localization and therefore...... high modulation speed. The modulation is achieved by changing the gain of the core that results in different transmittance through the waveguide. Dependences on the waveguide core size and gain values of various active materials are studied. The effective propagation constants in the MSM waveguides...... of a waveguide with thick (>50 nm) metal layers. In turn, the high effective index leads to enhanced modulation speed. We show that a MSM waveguide with the electrical current control of the gain incorporates compactness and deep modulation along with a reasonable level of transmittance....

  10. Recharacterization of Rhinophis dorsimaculatus Deraniyagala, 1941 (Serpentes: Uropeltidae), including description of new material. (United States)

    Gower, David J; Wickramasinghe, L J Mendis


    The Sri Lankan uropeltid (shieldtail) snake Rhinophis dorsimaculatus Deraniyagala, 1941 was described originally from two specimens that were subsequently lost. The small amount of previously published data and lack of published colour photographs made this one of South Asia's most poorly known snake species, and this resulted in at least one instance of taxonomic misidentification. An additional 10 specimens from a historical collection from the vicinity of the type locality recently came to light. This material is reviewed and documented and the species recharacterized. An additional locality for the species is reported. The newly reported material helps to corroborate the taxonomic validity and distinctiveness of Rhinophis dorsimaculatus. The species is readily distinguished from congeners by having 227 or more ventral scales; a large, dorsally carinate rostral shield; posterior margins of paired anals that are largely separated by the posteriormost ventral scale; and a distinctive colour pattern with bilaterally asymmetrical dark blotches within a broad, pale middorsal stripe and regularly punctate flanks.

  11. Results of a Saxitoxin Proficiency Test Including Characterization of Reference Material and Stability Studies

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    Kirsi Harju


    Full Text Available A saxitoxin (STX proficiency test (PT was organized as part of the Establishment of Quality Assurance for the Detection of Biological Toxins of Potential Bioterrorism Risk (EQuATox project. The aim of this PT was to provide an evaluation of existing methods and the European laboratories’ capabilities for the analysis of STX and some of its analogues in real samples. Homogenized mussel material and algal cell materials containing paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP toxins were produced as reference sample matrices. The reference material was characterized using various analytical methods. Acidified algal extract samples at two concentration levels were prepared from a bulk culture of PSP toxins producing dinoflagellate Alexandrium ostenfeldii. The homogeneity and stability of the prepared PT samples were studied and found to be fit-for-purpose. Thereafter, eight STX PT samples were sent to ten participating laboratories from eight countries. The PT offered the participating laboratories the possibility to assess their performance regarding the qualitative and quantitative detection of PSP toxins. Various techniques such as official Association of Official Analytical Chemists (AOAC methods, immunoassays, and liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry were used for sample analyses.

  12. Results of a Saxitoxin Proficiency Test Including Characterization of Reference Material and Stability Studies. (United States)

    Harju, Kirsi; Rapinoja, Marja-Leena; Avondet, Marc-André; Arnold, Werner; Schär, Martin; Luginbühl, Werner; Kremp, Anke; Suikkanen, Sanna; Kankaanpää, Harri; Burrell, Stephen; Söderström, Martin; Vanninen, Paula


    A saxitoxin (STX) proficiency test (PT) was organized as part of the Establishment of Quality Assurance for the Detection of Biological Toxins of Potential Bioterrorism Risk (EQuATox) project. The aim of this PT was to provide an evaluation of existing methods and the European laboratories' capabilities for the analysis of STX and some of its analogues in real samples. Homogenized mussel material and algal cell materials containing paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) toxins were produced as reference sample matrices. The reference material was characterized using various analytical methods. Acidified algal extract samples at two concentration levels were prepared from a bulk culture of PSP toxins producing dinoflagellate Alexandrium ostenfeldii. The homogeneity and stability of the prepared PT samples were studied and found to be fit-for-purpose. Thereafter, eight STX PT samples were sent to ten participating laboratories from eight countries. The PT offered the participating laboratories the possibility to assess their performance regarding the qualitative and quantitative detection of PSP toxins. Various techniques such as official Association of Official Analytical Chemists (AOAC) methods, immunoassays, and liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry were used for sample analyses.

  13. Properties of directional couplers using photonic crystal waveguides

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    Thorhauge, Morten; Borel, Peter Ingo; Frandsen, Lars Hagedorn


    Coupled photonic crystal waveguides have been designed and modelled with a 3D finite-difference-time-domain method, and fabricated in silicon-on-insulator material. Good agreement between modelled and measured results has been found.......Coupled photonic crystal waveguides have been designed and modelled with a 3D finite-difference-time-domain method, and fabricated in silicon-on-insulator material. Good agreement between modelled and measured results has been found....

  14. Gap Surface Plasmon Waveguide Analysis

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    Nielsen, Michael Grøndahl; Bozhevolnyi, Sergey I.


    Plasmonic waveguides supporting gap surface plasmons (GSPs) localized in a dielectric spacer between metal films are investigated numerically and the waveguiding properties at telecommunication wavelengths are presented. Especially, we emphasize that the mode confinement can advantageously be con...

  15. Nanoporous polymer liquid core waveguides

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    Gopalakrishnan, Nimi; Christiansen, Mads Brøkner; Ndoni, Sokol


    We demonstrate liquid core waveguides defined by UV to enable selective water infiltration in nanoporous polymers, creating an effective refractive index shift Δn=0.13. The mode confinement and propagation loss in these waveguides are presented.......We demonstrate liquid core waveguides defined by UV to enable selective water infiltration in nanoporous polymers, creating an effective refractive index shift Δn=0.13. The mode confinement and propagation loss in these waveguides are presented....

  16. Men's and Women's Use and Creation of Online Sexually Explicit Materials Including Fandom-Related Works. (United States)

    Anisimowicz, Yvonne; O'Sullivan, Lucia F


    The Internet and mobile computing have been highly influential in shaping the modern technological era and subsequently the production of and access to online sexually explicit materials (SEM). Fandom-the realm of fans sharing a common interest-has also adapted to the Internet, which has changed how fans access and distribute fanworks (i.e., material created by fans such as stories and art), many of which contain SEM. The current study examined gender differences in the use and creation of online SEM by surveying 468 men and 347 women (ages 18 or older; mean age = 33.8 years) residing in North America. Participants completed anonymous measures assessing demographic information, experiences using and creating online SEM, and measures of related sexual attitudes. Use of online SEM was widely reported by participants, with men (87.8 %) indicating more use than with women (67.4 %). As expected, few participants reported creating online SEM (3.6 % of men, 4.9 % of women). Men and women reported similar levels of preferred sexual explicitness in the online SEM that they used. There were no significant gender differences in the use of fanworks reported by men (14.3 %) and women (14.7 %) or in the creation of fanworks (1.5 % of men, 3.2 % of women). Fandom-related online SEM use was predicted only by more permissive sexual attitudes (one of eight predictors). Although there were many similarities between men's and women's use of online SEM, some gender differences were found in their motives for online SEM use. Findings are discussed in terms of the context in which men and women experience online SEM.

  17. Waveguides for walking droplets

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    Filoux, Boris; Schlagheck, Peter; Vandewalle, Nicolas


    When gently placing a droplet onto a vertically vibrated bath, a drop can bounce permanently. Upon increasing the forcing acceleration, the droplet is propelled by the wave it generates and becomes a walker with a well defined speed. We investigate the confinement of a walker in different rectangular cavities, used as waveguides for the Faraday waves emitted by successive droplet bounces. By studying the walker velocities, we discover that 1d confinement is optimal for narrow channels. We also propose an analogy with waveguide models based on the observation of the Faraday instability within the channels.

  18. Evanescent field Sensors Based on Tantalum Pentoxide Waveguides – A Review


    Christian Hoffmann; Gerd Sulz; Kerstin Oehse; Katrin Schmitt


    Evanescent field sensors based on waveguide surfaces play an important rolewhere high sensitivity is required. Particularly tantalum pentoxide (Ta2O5) is a suitablematerial for thin-film waveguides due to its high refractive index and low attenuation.Many label-free biosensor systems such as grating couplers and interferometric sensors aswell as fluorescence-based systems benefit from this waveguide material leading toextremely high sensitivity. Some biosensor systems based on Ta2O5 waveguide...

  19. Method for contamination control and barrier apparatus with filter for containing waste materials that include dangerous particulate matter (United States)

    Pinson, Paul A.


    A container for hazardous waste materials that includes air or other gas carrying dangerous particulate matter has incorporated in barrier material, preferably in the form of a flexible sheet, one or more filters for the dangerous particulate matter sealably attached to such barrier material. The filter is preferably a HEPA type filter and is preferably chemically bonded to the barrier materials. The filter or filters are preferably flexibly bonded to the barrier material marginally and peripherally of the filter or marginally and peripherally of air or other gas outlet openings in the barrier material, which may be a plastic bag. The filter may be provided with a backing panel of barrier material having an opening or openings for the passage of air or other gas into the filter or filters. Such backing panel is bonded marginally and peripherally thereof to the barrier material or to both it and the filter or filters. A coupling or couplings for deflating and inflating the container may be incorporated. Confining a hazardous waste material in such a container, rapidly deflating the container and disposing of the container, constitutes one aspect of the method of the invention. The chemical bonding procedure for producing the container constitutes another aspect of the method of the invention.

  20. Terahertz spoof surface-plasmon-polariton subwavelength waveguide

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    Zhang, Ying


    Surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs) with the features of subwavelength confinement and strong enhancements have sparked enormous interest. However, in the terahertz regime, due to the perfect conductivities of most metals, it is hard to realize the strong confinement of SPPs, even though the propagation loss could be sufficiently low. One main approach to circumvent this problem is to exploit spoof SPPs, which are expected to exhibit useful subwavelength confinement and relative low propagation loss at terahertz frequencies. Here we report the design, fabrication, and characterization of terahertz spoof SPP waveguides based on corrugated metal surfaces. The various waveguide components, including a straight waveguide, an S-bend waveguide, a Y-splitter, and a directional coupler, were experimentally demonstrated using scanning near-field terahertz microscopy. The proposed waveguide indeed enables propagation, bending, splitting, and coupling of terahertz SPPs and thus paves a new way for the development of flexible and compact plasmonic circuits operating at terahertz frequencies. (C) 2017 Chinese Laser Press

  1. Spontaneous parametric down conversion in a nanophotonic waveguide. (United States)

    Spillane, Sean M; Fiorentino, Marco; Beausoleil, Raymond G


    Recently, we verified that spontaneous parametric down conversion (SPDC) is enhanced in a waveguide, in agreement with theory showing an inverse dependence on mode confinement [1]. Here we investigate highly-confined nanophotonic waveguides designed to maximize the SPDC rate. A theory modified to include highly-confined waveguides is used to calculate the spectral width and pair generation rates in a sample system. Pair generation rates exceeding 10(9)/sec/nm/mW are predicted for periodically-poled KTP (PPKTP) nanophotonic waveguides. This results in an enhancement of the downconverted signal power greater than 45x that of low-index-contrast PPKTP waveguides and greater than 6500x that of bulk PPKTP crystals.

  2. 36 CFR 1290.4 - Types of materials included in scope of assassination record and additional records and information. (United States)


    ..., Forests, and Public Property NATIONAL ARCHIVES AND RECORDS ADMINISTRATION JFK ASSASSINATION RECORDS... COLLECTION ACT OF 1992 (JFK ACT) § 1290.4 Types of materials included in scope of assassination record and... information includes, for purposes of interpreting and implementing the JFK Act: (a) Papers, maps, and other...

  3. A Simple Birefringent Terahertz Waveguide Based on Polymer Elliptical Tube (United States)

    Wang, Jing-Li; Yao, Jian-Quan; Chen, He-Ming; Li, Zhong-Yang


    We propose a simple birefringent terahertz (THz) waveguide which is a polymer elliptical tube with a cross section of elliptical ring structure. It can be achieved by stretching a normal circular-tube in one direction. Simulations based on the full-vector finite element method (FEM) show that this kind of waveguides exhibits high birefringence on a level of 10-2 over a wide THz frequency range. Moreover, as a majority of modal power is trapped in the air core inside the polymer elliptical tube, the THz waveguide guiding loss caused by material absorption can be reduced effectively.

  4. Progress in planar optical waveguides

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    Wang, Xianping; Cao, Zhuangqi


    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.

  5. Metamaterial Loadings for Waveguide Miniaturization

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    Odabasi, H


    We show that a rectangular metallic waveguide loaded with metamaterial elements consisting of electric-field coupled (ELC) resonators placed at the side walls can operate well below the cutoff frequency of the respective unloaded waveguide. The dispersion diagrams indicate that propagating modes in ELC-loaded waveguides are of forward-type for both TE and TM modes. We also study the dispersion diagram and transmission characteristics of rectangular metallic waveguides simultaneously loaded with ELCs and split ring resonators (SRRs). Such doubly-loaded waveguides can support both forward wave and backward waves, and provide independent control of the propagation characteristics for the respective modes.

  6. Electric fields, weighting fields, signals and charge diffusion in detectors including resistive materials

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    Riegler, Werner


    In this report we discuss static and time dependent electric fields in detector geometries with an arbitrary number of parallel layers of a given permittivity and weak conductivity. We derive the Green's functions i.e. the field of a point charge, as well as the weighting fields for readout pads and readout strips in these geometries. The effect of 'bulk' resistivity on electric fields and signals is investigated. The spreading of charge on thin resistive layers is also discussed in detail, and the conditions for allowing the effect to be described by the diffusion equation is discussed. We apply the results to derive fields and induced signals in Resistive Plate Chambers, Micromega detectors including resistive layers for charge spreading and discharge protection as well as detectors using resistive charge division readout like the MicroCAT detector. We also discuss in detail how resistive layers affect signal shapes and increase crosstalk between readout electrodes.

  7. Shear bond strengths of tooth coating materials including the experimental materials contained various amounts of multi-ion releasing fillers and their effects for preventing dentin demineralization. (United States)

    Arita, Shoko; Suzuki, Masaya; Kazama-Koide, Miku; Shinkai, Koichi


    We examined shear bond strengths (SBSs) of various tooth-coating-materials including the experimental materials to dentin and demineralization resistance of a fractured adhesive surface after the SBS testing. Three resin-type tooth-coating-materials (BC, PRG Barrier Coat; HC, Hybrid Coat II; and SF, Shield force plus) and two glass-ionomer-type tooth-coating-materials (CV, Clinpro XT Varnish; and FJ, Fuji VII) were selected. The experimental PRG Barrier Coat containing 0, 17, and 33 wt% S-PRG filler (BC0, BC17, and BC33, respectively) were developed. Each tooth-coating-material was applied to flattened dentin surfaces of extracted human teeth for SBS testing. After storing in water for 32 days with 4000 thermal cycling, the specimens were subjected to the SBS test. Specimens after SBS testing were subjected to a pH cycling test, and then, demineralization depths were measured using a polarized-light microscope. ANOVA and Tukey's HSD test were used for statistical analysis. The SBS value of FJ and CV was significantly lower than those of other materials except for BC (p materials (p materials demonstrated significantly higher SBS for dentin than the glass-ionomer-type tooth-coating-materials; however, they were inferior to the glass ionomer-type tooth-coating-materials in regards to the acid resistance of the fractured adhesion surface.

  8. Nonlinear Thermo-mechanical Finite Element Analysis of Polymer Foam Cored Sandwich Structures including Geometrical and Material Nonlinearity

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    Palleti, Hara Naga Krishna Teja; Thomsen, Ole Thybo; Taher, Siavash Talebi

    In this paper, polymer foam cored sandwich structures with fibre reinforced composite face sheets subjected to combined mechanical and thermal loads will be analysed using the commercial FE code ABAQUS® incorporating both material and geometrical nonlinearity. Large displacements and rotations...... are included in the analysis. The full nonlinear stress-strain curves up to failure will be considered for the polymer foams at different temperatures to study the effect of material nonlinearity in detail....

  9. Silicon nitride waveguide platform for fluorescence microscopy of living cells. (United States)

    Tinguely, Jean-Claude; Helle, Øystein Ivar; Ahluwalia, Balpreet Singh


    Waveguide chip-based microscopy reduces the complexity of total internal reflection fluorescence (TIRF) microscopy, and adds features like large field of view illumination, decoupling of illumination and collection path and easy multimodal imaging. However, for the technique to become widespread there is a need of low-loss and affordable waveguides made of high-refractive index material. Here, we develop and report a low-loss silicon nitride (Si 3 N 4 ) waveguide platform for multi-color TIRF microscopy. Single mode conditions at visible wavelengths (488-660 nm) were achieved using shallow rib geometry. To generate uniform excitation over appropriate dimensions waveguide bends were used to filter-out higher modes followed by adiabatic tapering. Si 3 N 4 material is finally shown to be biocompatible for growing and imaging living cells.

  10. Progress in joining, reuse, and customization of WR284 waveguide in the laboratory (United States)

    Clark, Mike; Flanagan, Ken; Milhone, Jason; Nonn, Paul; Forest, Cary


    A system of five 20 kW magnetrons is being installed for the Big Red Ball (BRB) to produce and heat the plasma with 2.45GHz RF energy. An existing system of two 6 kW magentrons of the same frequency is actively used for the same purpose on Plasma Couette Experiment Upgrade (PCX-U). In each experiment, the RF is transmitted to the vessel via WR284 waveguide. Waveguide occasionally needs to be disassembled, modified and rebuilt for different reasons such as physics interests, ongoing problems (arcing), or efficient utilization of laboratory space. Reuse of disassembled waveguide parts is desirable for cost savings. Methods of assembly, disassembly, and modification of waveguide will be discussed. Also, frequently used designs of chokes, windows, and limiters will be shown. Materials used include copper, brass, and even aluminum. The vacuum vessel of PCX-U is a 1 meter diameter, 1 meter tall cylinder comprised of ¼'' thick stainless steel. PCX-U has one removable end. The vacuum vessel of the BRB is a 3 meter diameter, sphere comprised of two hemispheres of 1-¼'' thick cast A356 aluminum. Rings comprised of hundreds of SmCo magnets in each vessel create a cusp field to contain the plasma and provide a resonance surface for the RF. Supported by NSF and DoE.

  11. Directly UV written silica-on-silicon planar waveguides with low insertion loss

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    Zauner, Dan; Svalgaard, Mikael; Kristensen, Martin


    The photosensitive properties of germanosilica may be utilized to directly induce waveguide patterns into thin-film structures using ultraviolet (UV) light. The advantages of fabricating planar waveguides with UV light include the absence of photolithography and reactive ion etching, flexibility...... in waveguide geometry, and excellent control of the refractive index step. Direct UV writing of waveguides became a realistic alternative to other fabrication methods when propagation losses below 0.2 dB/cm were reported in single-mode waveguides. However, the coupling loss to optical fibers remained high...

  12. Methods and apparatus for vertical coupling from dielectric waveguides (United States)

    Yaacobi, Ami; Cordova, Brad Gilbert


    A frequency-chirped nano-antenna provides efficient sub-wavelength vertical emission from a dielectric waveguide. In one example, this nano-antenna includes a set of plasmonic dipoles on the opposite side of a SiYV.sub.4 waveguide from a ground plane. The resulting structure, which is less than half a wavelength long, emits a broadband beam (e.g., >300 nm) that can be coupled into an optical fiber. In some embodiments, a diffractive optical element with unevenly shaped regions of high- and low-index dielectric material collimates the broadband beam for higher coupling efficiency. In some cases, a negative lens element between the nano-antenna and the diffractive optical element accelerates the emitted beam's divergence (and improves coupling efficiency), allowing for more compact packaging. Like the diffractive optical element, the negative lens element includes unevenly shaped regions of high- and low-index dielectric material that can be designed to compensate for aberrations in the beam emitted by the nano-antenna.

  13. Improved Slow Light Capacity In Graphene-based Waveguide. (United States)

    Hao, Ran; Peng, Xi-Liang; Li, Er-Ping; Xu, Yang; Jin, Jia-Min; Zhang, Xian-Min; Chen, Hong-Sheng


    We have systematically investigated the wideband slow light in two-dimensional material graphene, revealing that graphene exhibits much larger slow light capability than other materials. The slow light performances including material dispersion, bandwidth, dynamic control ability, delay-bandwidth product, propagation loss, and group-velocity dispersion are studied, proving graphene exhibits significant advantages in these performances. A large delay-bandwidth product has been obtained in a simple yet functional grating waveguide with slow down factor c/v(g) at 163 and slow light bandwidth Δω at 94.4 nm centered at 10.38 μm, which is several orders of magnitude larger than previous results. Physical explanation of the enhanced slow light in graphene is given. Our results indicate graphene is an excellent platform for slow light applications, promoting various future slow light devices based on graphene.

  14. Stress reduction in planar waveguide using polymer top layer (United States)

    Sharma, Neha; Sharma, V. K.; Tripathi, K. N.


    Planar optical waveguides consisting of layers from different materials created at elevated temperatures usually exhibit substantial stresses. By controlling the layer thickness of polymeric top layer on planar waveguide structures, it is possible to use very thin layers for stress compensation, significantly reducing required deposition times. It is possible to reduce birefringence within planar device by controlling top polymer layer thickness with thermal expansion coefficient greater than silica or PMMA.

  15. Transforming guided waves with metamaterial waveguide cores (United States)

    Viaene, S.; Ginis, V.; Danckaert, J.; Tassin, P.


    Metamaterials make use of subwavelength building blocks to enhance our control on the propagation of light. To determine the required material properties for a given functionality, i.e., a set of desired light flows inside a metamaterial device, metamaterial designs often rely on a geometrical design tool known as transformation optics. In recent years, applications in integrated photonics motivated several research groups to develop two-dimensional versions of transformation optics capable of routing surface waves along graphene-dielectric and metal-dielectric interfaces. Although guided electromagnetic waves are highly relevant to applications in integrated optics, no consistent transformation-optical framework has so far been developed for slab waveguides. Indeed, the conventional application of transformation optics to dielectric slab waveguides leads to bulky three-dimensional devices with metamaterial implementations both inside and outside of the waveguide's core. In this contribution, we develop a transformationoptical framework that still results in thin metamaterial waveguide devices consisting of a nonmagnetic metamaterial core of varying thickness [Phys. Rev. B 93.8, 085429 (2016)]. We numerically demonstrate the effectiveness and versatility of our equivalence relations with three crucial functionalities: a beam bender, a beam splitter and a conformal lens. Our devices perform well on a qualitative (comparison of fields) and quantitative (comparison of transmitted power) level compared to their bulky counterparts. As a result, the geometrical toolbox of transformation optics may lead to a plethora of integrated metamaterial devices to route guided waves along optical chips.

  16. Experimental investigation of plasmofluidic waveguides

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    Ku, Bonwoo; Kwon, Min-Suk, E-mail: [School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, UNIST, 50 UNIST-gil, Eonyang-eup, Ulju-gun, Ulsan 689-798 (Korea, Republic of); Shin, Jin-Soo [Department of Electrical Engineering, KAIST, 291 Daehak-ro, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 305-701 (Korea, Republic of)


    Plasmofluidic waveguides are based on guiding light which is strongly confined in fluid with the assistance of a surface plasmon polariton. To realize plasmofluidic waveguides, metal-insulator-silicon-insulator-metal (MISIM) waveguides, which are hybrid plasmonic waveguides fabricated using standard complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor technology, are employed. The insulator of the MISIM waveguide is removed to form 30-nm-wide channels, and they are filled with fluid. The plasmofluidic waveguide has a subwavelength-scale mode area since its mode is strongly confined in the fluid. The waveguides are experimentally characterized for different fluids. When the refractive index of the fluid is 1.440, the plasmofluidic waveguide with 190-nm-wide silicon has propagation loss of 0.46 dB/μm; the coupling loss between it and an ordinary silicon photonic waveguide is 1.79 dB. The propagation and coupling losses may be reduced if a few fabrication-induced imperfections are removed. The plasmofluidic waveguide may pave the way to a dynamically phase-tunable ultracompact device.

  17. Electromagnetic field and dispersion characteristic analysis of absorbing onion-like carbon tube waveguides (United States)

    Nickelson, Liudmila; Bubnelis, Arturas; Martavicius, Romanas; Asmontas, Steponas


    Here, we present our calculation results of the electromagnetic field distributions and the dispersion characteristics of open cylindrical tube waveguides. The analyzed waveguides are made of the onion-like carbon (OLC) material. The solution of the boundary problem was fulfilled by the partial area method (Nickelson et al. in electrodynamical analysis of open lossy metamaterial waveguide and scattering structures. InTech, UK, pp 27-58 [1]). We have determined the complex roots of the dispersion equation using of the Muller method. It discovered the very complicated dependencies of the phase and attenuation constants on the waveguide radii. Such dependencies arise because the OLC material is the highly dispersive and absorbing one. We have investigated the high-frequency cutoff frequency of the propagating hybrid modes HE11 and HE12 dependent on the tube waveguide external and internal radii. We found that it is possible to reach the one-mode regime of OLC tube waveguide.

  18. Ridge Waveguide Structures in Magnesium-Doped Lithium Niobate Project (United States)

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — AdvR, Inc. proposes the development of an efficient process for fabricating ridge waveguides in magnesium-doped lithium niobate (MgO:LN). The effort will include,...

  19. Reducing the thermal stress in a heterogeneous material stack for large-area hybrid optical silicon-lithium niobate waveguide micro-chips (United States)

    Weigel, P. O.; Mookherjea, S.


    The bonding of silicon-on-insulator (SOI) to lithium niobate-on-insulator (LNOI) is becoming important for a new category of linear and nonlinear micro-photonic optical devices. In studying the bonding of SOI to LNOI through benzocyclobutene (BCB), a popular interlayer bonding dielectric used in hybrid silicon photonic devices, we use thermal stress calculations to suggest that BCB thickness does not affect thermal stress in this type of structure, and instead, thermal stress can be mitigated satisfactorily by matching the handles of the SOI and LNOI. We bond LNOI with a silicon handle to a silicon chip, remove the handle on the LNOI side, and thermally cycle the bonded stack repeatedly from room temperature up to 300°C and back down without incurring thermal stress cracks, which do appear when using LNOI with a lithium niobate handle, regardless of the BCB thickness. We show that this process can be used to create many hybrid silicon-lithium niobate waveguiding structures on a single patterned SOI chip bonded to a large-area (16 mm × 4.2 mm) lithium niobate film.

  20. Strip-loaded waveguides: low-cost and high-performance waveguide technology in single polarization applications (United States)

    Clapp, Terry V.; DeGroot, Jon V., Jr.


    The continuous penetration of optical data transport into diverse applications is driving an imperative to find lower cost fabrication routes to high performance waveguides and devices. Strip-loaded waveguides (SLWG) offer a unique opportunity to enable ultra-low cost processing and excellent performance in these applications. In this paper we will show that simple waveguides and devices may be fabricated that have compelling performance metrics. Similarly it is shown that the waveguide design is easily accomplished and that the designs may be rendered with limiting precision using standard process tool-sets. The combination of good design and facile manufacturing practice suggests that, unlike conventional waveguide technology, the SLWG is eminently suited to a wide variety of applications. It will also be shown that the simplicity of the processing offers new opportunities to apply this approach to waveguides in a wide variety of materials and on diverse substrates. Forward design and rendition of devices with excellent reconciliation of measured performance with the design parameters provides a feasibility proof for the validity and manufacturability of the SLWG. Perhaps contrary to pre-conception it is proven that very low coupling loss with normal, single mode, fibres is readily achieved with waveguides of this type. This has been shown both by simulation and via the measured performance of devices. Processing of the test artifacts was via conventional silica-on-silicon planar waveguide manufacturing processes. However, other processes are shown to offer a strong proposition for much lower cost and a diversification of the utility and applicability of waveguides on many substrates.

  1. Wakefield in a waveguide (United States)

    Bliokh, Y. P.; Leopold, J. G.; Shafir, G.; Shlapakovski, A.; Krasik, Ya. E.


    The feasibility of an experiment which is being set up in our plasma laboratory to study the effect of a wakefield formed by an ultra-short (≤10-9 s) high-power (˜1 GW) microwave (10 GHz) pulse propagating in a cylindrical waveguide filled with an under-dense [(2-5) × 1010 cm-3] plasma is modeled theoretically and simulated by a particle in cell code. It is shown that the radial ponderomotive force plays a circular key role in the wakefield formation by the TM mode waveguide. The model and the simulations show that powerful microwave pulses produce a wakefield at lower plasma density and electric field gradients but larger space and time scales compared to the laser produced wakefield in plasmas, thus providing a more accessible platform for the experimental study.

  2. Waveguide-based optofluidics

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    Karnutsch, Christian; Tomljenovic-Hanic, Snjezana; Monat, Christelle


    blocks in many applications, from microlasers and biomedical sensor systems to optical switches and integrated circuits. In this paper, we show that PhC microcavities can be formed by infusing a liquid into a selected section of a uniform PhC waveguide and that the optical properties of these cavities...... and highlight the benefits of an optofluidic approach, focusing on optofluidic cavities created in silicon photonic crystal (PhC) waveguide platforms. These cavities can be spatially and spectrally reconfigured, thus allowing a dynamic control of their optical characteristics. PhC cavities are major building...... can be tuned and adapted. By taking advantage of the negative thermo-optic coefficient of liquids, we describe a method which renders PhC cavities insensitive to temperature changes in the environment. This is only one example where the fluid-control of optical elements results in a functionality...

  3. Compact Spectrometer based on a silicon multimode waveguide

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    Piels, Molly; Zibar, Darko


    A multimode waveguide spectrometer with 4 GHz resolution, 250 GHz usable range, and a 1.6 mm × 2.1 mm footprint is demonstrated. The operating range is greatly extended by including distinct mode-exciting elements on chip.......A multimode waveguide spectrometer with 4 GHz resolution, 250 GHz usable range, and a 1.6 mm × 2.1 mm footprint is demonstrated. The operating range is greatly extended by including distinct mode-exciting elements on chip....

  4. Anisotropic and nonlinear optical waveguides

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    Someda, CG


    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

  5. polyHWG: 3D Printed Substrate-Integrated Hollow Waveguides for Mid-Infrared Gas Sensing. (United States)

    Stach, Robert; Haas, Julian; Tütüncü, Erhan; Daboss, Sven; Kranz, Christine; Mizaikoff, Boris


    Gas analysis via mid-infrared (MIR) spectroscopic techniques has gained significance due to its inherent molecular selectivity and sensitivity probing pronounced vibrational, rotational, and roto-vibrational modes. In addition, MIR gas sensors are suitable for real-time monitoring in a wide variety of sensing scenarios. Our research team has recently introduced so-called substrate-integrated hollow waveguides (iHWGs) fabricated by precision milling, which have been demonstrated to be useful in online process monitoring, environmental sensing, and exhaled breath analysis especially if low sample volumes (i.e., few hundreds of microliters) are probed with rapid signal transients. A logical next step is to establish ultralightweight, potentially disposable, and low-cost substrate-integrated hollow waveguides, which may be readily customized and tailored to specific applications using 3D printing techniques. 3D printing provides access to an unprecedented variety of thermoplastic materials including biocompatible polylactides, readily etchable styrene copolymers, and magnetic or conductive materials. Thus, the properties of the waveguide may be adapted to suit its designated application, e.g., drone-mounted ultralightweight waveguides for environmental monitoring or biocompatible disposable sensor interfaces in medical/clinical applications.

  6. Low crosstalk Arrayed Waveguide Grating with Cascaded Waveguide Grating Filter

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    Deng Yang; Liu Yuan; Gao Dingshan, E-mail: [Wuhan National Laboratory for Optoelectronics, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074 (China)


    We propose a highly compact and low crosstalk arrayed waveguide grating (AWG) with cascaded waveguide grating (CWGF). The side lobes of the silicon nanowire AWG, which are normally introduced by fabrication errors, can be effectively suppressed by the CWGF. And the crosstalk can be improved about 15dB.

  7. Understanding the contribution of mode area and slow light to the effective Kerr nonlinearity of waveguides. (United States)

    Afshar V, Shahraam; Monro, T M; de Sterke, C Martijn


    We resolve the ambiguity in existing definitions of the effective area of a waveguide mode that have been reported in the literature by examining which definition leads to an accurate evaluation of the effective Kerr nonlinearity. We show that the effective nonlinear coefficient of a waveguide mode can be written as the product of a suitable average of the nonlinear coefficients of the waveguide's constituent materials, the mode's group velocity and a new suitably defined effective mode area. None of these parameters on their own completely describe the strength of the nonlinear effects of a waveguide.

  8. Octave-spanning supercontinuum generation in a silicon-rich nitride waveguide. (United States)

    Liu, Xing; Pu, Minhao; Zhou, Binbin; Krückel, Clemens J; Fülöp, Attila; Torres-Company, Victor; Bache, Morten


    We experimentally show octave-spanning supercontinuum generation in a nonstoichiometric silicon-rich nitride waveguide when pumped by femtosecond pulses from an erbium fiber laser. The pulse energy and bandwidth are comparable to results achieved in stoichiometric silicon nitride waveguides, but our material platform is simpler to manufacture. We also observe wave-breaking supercontinuum generation by using orthogonal pumping in the same waveguide. Additional analysis reveals that the waveguide height is a powerful tuning parameter for generating mid-infrared dispersive waves while keeping the pump in the telecom band.

  9. Writing single-mode waveguides in lithium niobate by ultra-low intensity solitons

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    Fazio, E. [Universita degli Studi di Roma ' La Sapienza' and INFM, I-00161 Rome (Italy)]. E-mail:; Ramadan, W. [Physics department, Faculty of Science, Mansoura University, Damietta (Egypt); Petris, A. [Romanian Center of Excellence in Photonics, R-76900 Bucharest (Romania); Chauvet, M. [Laboratoire d' optique P.M. Duffieux, Universite de Franche Comte, Besancon (France); Bosco, A. [Universita degli Studi di Roma ' La Sapienza' and INFM, I-00161 Rome (Italy); Vlad, V.I. [Romanian Center of Excellence in Photonics, R-76900 Bucharest (Romania); Bertolotti, M. [Universita degli Studi di Roma ' La Sapienza' and INFM, I-00161 Rome (Italy)


    Optical waveguides can be conveniently written in photorefractive materials by using spatial solitons. We have generated bright spatial solitons inside lithium niobate which allow single-mode light propagation. Efficient waveguides have been generated with CW light powers as high as few microwatts. According to the soliton formation, waveguides can be formed with different shapes. Due to the slow response time of the lithium niobate, both for soliton formation and relaxation, the soliton waveguide remains memorised for a long time, of the order of months.

  10. Octave-spanning supercontinuum generation in a silicon-rich nitride waveguide

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    Liu, Xing; Zhou, Binbin; Krückel, Clemens J; Fülöp, Attila; Torres-Company, Victor; Bache, Morten


    We experimentally show octave-spanning supercontinuum generation in a non-stoichiometric silicon-rich nitride waveguide when pumped by femtosecond pulses from an erbium fiber laser. The pulse energy and bandwidth are comparable to results achieved in stoichiometric silicon nitride waveguides, but our material platform is simpler to manufacture. We also observe wave-breaking supercontinuum generation by using orthogonal pumping in the same waveguide. Additional analysis reveals that the waveguide height is a powerful tuning parameter for generating mid-infrared dispersive waves while keeping the pump in the telecom band.

  11. RF waveguide phase-directed power combiners (United States)

    Nantista, Christopher D.; Dolgashev, Valery A.; Tantawi, Sami G.


    High power RF phase-directed power combiners include magic H hybrid and/or superhybrid circuits oriented in orthogonal H-planes and connected using E-plane bends and/or twists to produce compact 3D waveguide circuits, including 8.times.8 and 16.times.16 combiners. Using phase control at the input ports, RF power can be directed to a single output port, enabling fast switching between output ports for applications such as multi-angle radiation therapy.

  12. Development and characterisation of a novel composite electrode material consisting of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) including Au nanoparticles

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    Zanardi, C.; Terzi, F.; Pigani, L. [Department of Chemistry, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, via G. Campi, 183-41100 Modena (Italy); Heras, A.; Colina, A.; Lopez-Palacios, J. [Department of Chemistry, University of Burgos, Plaza Misael Banuelos s/n, 09001 Burgos (Spain); Seeber, R. [Department of Chemistry, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, via G. Campi, 183-41100 Modena (Italy)], E-mail:


    Composite material consisting of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT), including Au nanoparticles encapsulated by N-dodecyl-N,N-dimethyl-3-ammonium-1-propanesulphonate (SB12) is synthesised by constant-current method on ITO glass, in aqueous medium, leading to an electrode coating. The synthesis process is followed by UV-vis spectroelectrochemistry, both in normal-beam and in parallel-beam configurations. Under the same experimental conditions PEDOT is also synthesised by electropolymerisation only in the presence of LiClO{sub 4} supporting electrolyte, as well in solutions also containing SB12. The data relative to the electrosynthesis of the three materials are compared. The composite material based on the conductive polymer matrix including Au nanoparticles has been characterised by SEM, TEM, ICP, Raman and UV-vis spectroscopies. The behaviour of the three different electrode coatings with respect to p-doping process has been studied by conventional electrochemical techniques and by potentiostatic and potentiodynamic UV-vis spectroelectrochemical methods. Conclusions are drawn out about the effect of the presence of the surfactant and of Au nanoparticles on the electrochemical properties of the electrode system.

  13. Performance of thermo-optic components based on dielectric-loaded surface plasmon polariton waveguides (United States)

    Gosciniak, Jacek; Bozhevolnyi, Sergey I.


    Theoretical analysis of thermo-optic (TO) modulation with dielectric-loaded surface plasmon polariton waveguide (DLSPPW) components at telecom wavelength of 1.55 μm is presented with simulations performed using the finite-element method (FEM). The investigated DLSPPW configuration consists of a 1 μm-thick and 1 μm-wide polymer ridge placed on a 50 nm-thin gold stripe and supported by a buffer layer material covering a Si wafer. Our analysis covers a broad range of parameters, including the buffer layer thickness, its thermal conductivity, and the metal stripe width, and takes into account the effect of isolation trenches structured along the heated part of waveguide. The results of our simulations agree well with the reported experimental data and provide valuable information for further development of TO plasmonic components with low switching powers, fast responses and small footprints.

  14. Thermal field analysis of polymer/silica hybrid waveguide thermo-optic switch (United States)

    Liu, Yu-Fen; Wang, Xi-Bin; Sun, Jian; Gu, Hong-Jun; Sun, Xiao-Qiang; Chen, Chang-Ming; Wang, Fei; Zhang, Da-Ming


    The thermal field and the temperature change of the optical waveguide core of thermo-optic (TO) switch generated by heating the Al electrode are simulated using the finite-element method (FEM), and the steady-state temperature distribution and time response of TO switch are presented. Our research covers several conditions, including different electrode heater widths, upper cladding layer thicknesses, under cladding layer materials and different structures. The results turn out that the performance of the TO switch can be improved using the polymer/silica hybrid and the air trench waveguide structures. The TO switch was fabricated and the surface thermal field distribution was measured. A good agreement between the experimental results and theory analysis has been observed.

  15. Integrated polymer waveguides for absorbance detection in chemical analysis systems

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    Mogensen, Klaus Bo; El-Ali, Jamil; Wolff, Anders


    A chemical analysis system for absorbance detection with integrated polymer waveguides is reported for the first time. The fabrication procedure relies on structuring of a single layer of the photoresist SU-8, so both the microfluidic channel network and the optical components, which include planar...... of the dye Bromothymol Blue. The influence of three different bonding procedures on the spectrally resolved propagation loss of the integrated waveguides between 500 nm and 900 nm was furthermore determined....

  16. Loss engineered slow light waveguides. (United States)

    O'Faolain, L; Schulz, S A; Beggs, D M; White, T P; Spasenović, M; Kuipers, L; Morichetti, F; Melloni, A; Mazoyer, S; Hugonin, J P; Lalanne, P; Krauss, T F


    Slow light devices such as photonic crystal waveguides (PhCW) and coupled resonator optical waveguides (CROW) have much promise for optical signal processing applications and a number of successful demonstrations underpinning this promise have already been made. Most of these applications are limited by propagation losses, especially for higher group indices. These losses are caused by technological imperfections ("extrinsic loss") that cause scattering of light from the waveguide mode. The relationship between this loss and the group velocity is complex and until now has not been fully understood. Here, we present a comprehensive explanation of the extrinsic loss mechanisms in PhC waveguides and address some misconceptions surrounding loss and slow light that have arisen in recent years. We develop a theoretical model that accurately describes the loss spectra of PhC waveguides. One of the key insights of the model is that the entire hole contributes coherently to the scattering process, in contrast to previous models that added up the scattering from short sections incoherently. As a result, we have already realised waveguides with significantly lower losses than comparable photonic crystal waveguides as well as achieving propagation losses, in units of loss per unit time (dB/ns) that are even lower than those of state-of-the-art coupled resonator optical waveguides based on silicon photonic wires. The model will enable more advanced designs with further loss reduction within existing technological constraints.

  17. Analysis of integrated optical waveguides

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    Uranus, H.P.; Hoekstra, Hugo; van Groesen, Embrecht W.C.


    An overview of the analysis of integrated optical waveguides is presented. Starting from the Maxwell’s equations, a formulation of the problem for general 3-D structures will be introduced. Then, for longitudinally invariant structures, problem for waveguides with 2-D cross section is presented for

  18. Neutron resonances in planar waveguides

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    Kozhevnikov, S. V., E-mail:, E-mail:; Ignatovich, V. K.; Petrenko, A. V. [Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, Neutron Physics Laboratory (Russian Federation); Radu, F. [Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialen und Energie (Germany)


    We report on the results of the experimental investigation of the spectral width of neutron resonances in planar waveguides using the time-of-flight method and recording the microbeam emerging from the waveguide end. Experimental data are compared with the results of theoretical calculations.


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    Haiyan, Ou; Olsen, Johnny H.; Rottwitt, Karsten


    methods for waveguide components. For the first time to our best knowledge, this paper reports the formation of Ge nanoclusters in glass thin films deposited by using PECVD. Ge nanoclusters in glass have been demonstrated to have great potential for application to the nonlinear waveguide components....... In this work we study the size and distribution of the nanoclusters by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and Raman spectroscopy. The formation of the clusters is investigated by varying the Ge concentration in the glass and changing the annealing conditions such as temperature, atmosphere and time....... The combined effect of a strong nonlinear glass material and a material platform that is well known from standard planar lightwave components makes this Ge nanoclusters material very promising for optical nonlinear waveguide components that are readily fabricated by using the same processing as standard...

  20. Sapphire and Ti:sapphire buried waveguide structures

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    Pollnau, Markus

    Due to its excellent thermal, mechanical, and optical properties, sapphire is one of the most suitable material for integrated optical devices. Although this hard crystalline material is particularly difficult to process, fabrication of Ti3+-doped sapphire surface channel waveguides by surface

  1. Spatial mode-selective waveguide with hyperbolic cladding

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    Tang, Y.; Xi, Z.; Xu, M.; Bäumer, S.M.B.; Adam, A.J.L.; Urbach, H.P.


    Hyperbolic metamaterials (HMMs) are anisotropic materials with a permittivity tensor that has both positive and negative eigenvalues. Here we report that by using a type II HMM as a cladding material, a waveguide that only supports higher-order modes can be achieved, while the lower-order modes

  2. Attenuation in Rectangular Waveguides with Finite Conductivity Walls

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    K. C. Yeong


    Full Text Available We present a fundamental and accurate approach to compute the attenuation of electromagnetic waves propagating in rectangular waveguides with finite conductivity walls. The wavenumbers kx and ky in the x and y directions respectively, are obtained as roots of a set of transcendental equations derived by matching the tangential component of the electric field (E and the magnetic field (H at the surface of the waveguide walls. The electrical properties of the wall material are determined by the complex permittivity ε, permeability μ, and conductivity σ. We have examined the validity of our model by carrying out measurements on the loss arising from the fundamental TE10 mode near the cutoff frequency. We also found good agreement between our results and those obtained by others including Papadopoulos’ perturbation method across a wide range of frequencies, in particular in the vicinity of cutoff. In the presence of degenerate modes however, our method gives higher losses, which we attribute to the coupling between modes as a result of dispersion.

  3. Folded waveguide resonator

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    A waveguide resonator comprising a number of side walls defining a cavity enclosed by said sidewalls defining the cavity; and two or more conductive plates extending into the cavity, each conductive plate having a first side and a second side opposite the first side, and wherein the conductive...... plates are adapted to cause a standing electromagnetic wave to fold around the conductive plates along at least a first and a second direction and to extend on both sides of each of the conductive plates; wherein the conductive plates are adapted to cause the standing electromagnetic wave to fold...

  4. Cathode material comparison of thermal runaway behavior of Li-ion cells at different state of charges including over charge (United States)

    Mendoza-Hernandez, Omar Samuel; Ishikawa, Hiroaki; Nishikawa, Yuuki; Maruyama, Yuki; Umeda, Minoru


    The analysis of Li-ion secondary cells under outstanding conditions, as overcharge and high temperatures, is important to determine thermal abuse characteristics of electroactive materials and precise risk assessments on Li-ion cells. In this work, the thermal runaway behavior of LiCoO2 and LiMn2O4 cathode materials were compared at different state of charges (SOCs), including overcharge, by carrying out accelerating rate calorimetry (ARC) measurements using 18650 Li-ion cells. Onset temperatures of self-heating reactions and thermal runaway behavior were identified, and by using these onset points thermal mapping plots were made. We were able to identify non-self-heating, self-heating and thermal runaway regions as a function of state of charge and temperature. The cell using LiMn2O4 cathode material was found to be more thermally stable than the cell using LiCoO2. In parallel with the ARC measurements, the electrochemical behavior of the cells was monitored by measuring the OCV and internal resistance of the cells. The electrochemical behavior of the cells showed a slightly dependency on SOC.

  5. Stimulated Brillouin scattering enhancement in silicon inverse opal waveguides

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    Smith, M J A; de Sterke, C Martijn; Lapine, M; Kuhlmey, B T; Poulton, C G


    Silicon is an ideal material for on-chip applications, however its poor acoustic properties limit its performance for important optoacoustic applications, particularly for Stimulated Brillouin Scattering (SBS). We theoretically show that silicon inverse opals exhibit a strongly improved acoustic performance that enhances the bulk SBS gain coefficient by more than two orders of magnitude. We also design a waveguide that incorporates silicon inverse opals and which has SBS gain values that are comparable with chalcogenide glass waveguides. This research opens new directions for opto-acoustic applications in on-chip material systems.

  6. Subwavelength metastructures for dispersion engineering in planar waveguide devices (United States)

    Halir, Robert; Ortega-Moñux, Alejandro; Cheben, Pavel; Maese-Novo, Alejandro; Pérez-Galacho, Diego; Alonso-Ramos, Carlos; Molina-Fernández, Íñigo; Wangüemert-Pérez, J. G.; Schmid, Jens H.; Xu, Dan-Xia; Janz, Siegfried


    High contrast structures with a sub-wavelength pitch, small enough to suppress diffraction, exhibit extraordinary optical properties: depending on the design they may behave as perfect mirrors, anti-reflective interfaces, homogenous materials with controllable refractive index, or strongly dispersive materials. Here we discuss on the design possibilities such structures offer in planar waveguide devices in silicon-on-insulator. We briefly review the application of sub-wavelength structures in a variety of waveguide devices. We then focus on some of the latest advances in the design ultra-compact and ultra-wideband multimode interference couplers based on dispersion engineered sub-wavelength structures.

  7. Waveguide Photodegradation of Nonlinear Optical Organic Chromophores in Polymeric Films (United States)

    Ren, Yitao; Szablewski, Marek; Cross, Graham H.


    Waveguide photodegradation studies have been carried out to investigate the photostabilities of a series of nonlinear optical chromophores doped into poly(methyl methacrylate) waveguide films. The films were exposed to optical wavelengths lying either within these materials main absorption bands or in the near-infrared region. Degradation studies were carried out in air, vacuum, and nitrogen environments at room temperature. Experimental results indicate that the principal photodegradation mechanism in operation is photo-oxidation. A simple analytical model indicated the relative sensitivity to photo-oxidation of the materials studied.

  8. Field renormalization in photonic crystal waveguides

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    Colman, Pierre


    A novel strategy is introduced in order to include variations of the nonlinearity in the nonlinear Schro¨dinger equation. This technique, which relies on renormalization, is in particular well adapted to nanostructured optical systems where the nonlinearity exhibits large variations up to two...... Schro¨dinger equation is an occasion for physics-oriented considerations and unveils the potential of photonic crystal waveguides for the study of new nonlinear propagation phenomena....

  9. Plasmonic waveguides based optical AND gate (United States)

    Tomer, Sonia; Shankhwar, Nishant; Kalra, Yogita; Sinha, Ravindra Kumar


    In this paper, a design of Plasmonic waveguides based optical AND gate has been proposed. Various designs of Photonic crystal based optical logic gates have already been envisioned and proposed during the past decade, in which, wavelength of operation is comparable to the geometrical parameters. On the contrary, the proposed structure consists of Plasmonic waveguides whose thickness is much smaller than the wavelength of operation. Plasmonics can pave way for the development of optical interconnects that are small enough to operate in nanoscale devices. Nowadays, Plasmonics is being implemented in a large number of areas, one of which is confinement of optical power in subwavelength devices. This may pave the way for large scale on-chip integration for the development of all optical circuits for optical computing systems. Moreover, the proposed design is simple and easy to fabricate using techniques like thin-film technology and lithography. This AND gate has been designed and analysed using the Finite Element Method (FEM) software. The proposed structure has been made by using silver material as a waveguide and silicon as the surrounding dielectric..

  10. Plasmonic modulator based on gain-assisted metal-semiconductor-metal waveguide

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    Babicheva, Viktoriia E.; Kulkova, Irina V.; Malureanu, Radu


    We investigate plasmonic modulators with a gain material to be implemented as ultra-compact and ultra-fast active nanodevices in photonic integrated circuits. We analyze metal-semiconductor-metal (MSM) waveguides with InGaAsP-based active material layers as ultra-compact plasmonic modulators......, are considered as the core of the MSM waveguide. Dependences on the waveguide core size and gain values of various active materials are studied. The designs consider also practical aspects like n- and p-doped layers and barriers in order to obtain results as close to reality. The effective propagation constants...

  11. Porous silicon integrated Mach-Zehnder interferometer waveguide for biological and chemical sensing. (United States)

    Kim, Kyowon; Murphy, Thomas E


    Optical waveguides comprised of nanoporous materials are uniquely suited for on-chip sensing applications, because they allow for a target chemical or analyte to directly infiltrate the optical material that comprises the core of the waveguide. We describe here the fabrication and characterization of nanoporous waveguides, and demonstrate their usefulness in measuring small changes in refractive index when exposed to a test analyte. We use a process of electrochemical etching and laser oxidation to produce channel waveguides and integrated on-chip Mach-Zehnder structures, and we compare the responsivity and interferometric stability of the integrated sensor to that of a fiber-based interferometer. We quantify the detection capability by selectively applying isopropanol to a 200 μm length waveguide segment in one arm of the interferometer, which produces a phase shift of 9.7 π. The integrated interferometer is shown to provide a more stable response in comparison to a comparable fiber-based implementation.

  12. A quasi-static algorithm that includes effects of characteristic time scales for simulating failures in brittle materials

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    Liu, Jinxing


    When the brittle heterogeneous material is simulated via lattice models, the quasi-static failure depends on the relative magnitudes of Telem, the characteristic releasing time of the internal forces of the broken elements and Tlattice, the characteristic relaxation time of the lattice, both of which are infinitesimal compared with Tload, the characteristic loading period. The load-unload (L-U) method is used for one extreme, Telem << Tlattice, whereas the force-release (F-R) method is used for the other, Telem T lattice. For cases between the above two extremes, we develop a new algorithm by combining the L-U and the F-R trial displacement fields to construct the new trial field. As a result, our algorithm includes both L-U and F-R failure characteristics, which allows us to observe the influence of the ratio of Telem to Tlattice by adjusting their contributions in the trial displacement field. Therefore, the material dependence of the snap-back instabilities is implemented by introducing one snap-back parameter γ. Although in principle catastrophic failures can hardly be predicted accurately without knowing all microstructural information, effects of γ can be captured by numerical simulations conducted on samples with exactly the same microstructure but different γs. Such a same-specimen-based study shows how the lattice behaves along with the changing ratio of the L-U and F-R components. © 2013 The Author(s).

  13. Hollow waveguide for urology treatment (United States)

    Jelínková, H.; Němec, M.; Koranda, P.; Pokorný, J.; Kőhler, O.; Drlík, P.; Miyagi, M.; Iwai, K.; Matsuura, Y.


    The aim of our work was the application of the special sealed hollow waveguide system for the urology treatment - In our experimental study we have compared the effects of Ho:YAG (wavelength 2100 nm) and Er:YAG (wavelength 2940 nm) laser radiation both on human urinary stones (or compressed plaster samples which serve as a model) fragmentation and soft ureter tissue incision in vitro. Cyclic Olefin Polymer - coated silver (COP/Ag) hollow glass waveguides with inner and outer diameters 700 and 850 μm, respectively, were used for the experiment. To prevent any liquid to diminish and stop the transmission, the waveguide termination was utilized.

  14. Quantum plasmonic waveguides: Au nanowires (United States)

    Cordaro, C. E. A.; Piccitto, G.; Priolo, F.


    Combining miniaturization and good operating speed is a compelling yet crucial task for our society. Plasmonic waveguides enable the possibility of carrying information at optical operating speed while maintaining the dimension of the device in the nanometer range. Here we present a theoretical study of plasmonic waveguides extending our investigation to structures so small that Quantum Size Effects (QSE) become non-negligible, namely quantum plasmonic waveguides. Specifically, we demonstrate and evaluate a blue-shift in Surface Plasmon (SP) resonance energy for an ultra-thin gold nanowire.

  15. Mechanically robust cylindrical metal terahertz waveguides for cryogenic applications (United States)

    Wallis, Robert; Degl'Innocenti, Riccardo; Mitrofanov, Oleg; Waldie, Joanna; Bledt, Carlos M.; Melzer, Jeffrey E.; Harrington, James A.; Beere, Harvey E.; Ritchie, David A.


    As the ambition behind THz quantum cascade laser based applications continues to grow, abandoning free-space optics in favor of waveguided systems promises major improvements in targeted, easy to align, and robust radiation delivery. This is especially true in cryogenic environments, where illumination is traditionally challenging. Although the field of THz waveguides is rapidly developing, most designs have limitations in terms of mechanical stability at low temperatures, and are costly and complicated to fabricate to lengths > 1 m. In this work, we investigate readily available cylindrical metal waveguides which are suitable for effective power delivery in cryogenic environments, and explore the optimal dimensions and materials available. The materials chosen were extruded un-annealed and annealed copper, as well as stainless steel, with bore diameters of 1.75, 2.5, and 4.6 mm. Measurements were performed at three different frequencies, 2.0, 2.85 and 3.2 THz, with optimal transmission losses optical couplers are also presented and characterised, with the ability to change the beam path by 90° with a coupling loss of just 2.2 dB whilst maintaining mode quality, or thermally isolate sections of waveguide with a coupling loss as low as 0.5 dB. The work presented here builds on previous work1, and forms a comprehensive investigation of cryogenically compatible THz waveguides and optical couplers, paving the way for a new generation of systems to utilize THz QCLs for a host of low-temperature investigations.

  16. Polymer Waveguide Fabrication Techniques (United States)

    Ramey, Delvan A.


    The ability of integrated optic systems to compete in signal processing aplications with more traditional analog and digital electronic systems is discussed. The Acousto-Optic Spectrum Analyzer is an example which motivated the particular work discussed herein. Provided real time processing is more critical than absolute accuracy, such integrated optic systems fulfill a design need. Fan-out waveguide arrays allow crosstalk in system detector arrays to be controlled without directly limiting system resolution. A polyurethane pattern definition process was developed in order to demonstrate fan-out arrays. This novel process is discussed, along with further research needs. Integrated optic system market penetration would be enhanced by development of commercial processes of this type.

  17. Magnetic waveguides for neutron reflectometry (United States)

    Khaydukov, Yu.; Petrzhik, A. M.; Borisenko, I. V.; Kalabukhov, A.; Winkler, D.; Keller, T.; Ovsyannikov, G. A.; Keimer, B.


    We show that the sensitivity and depth selectivity of neutron reflectometry can be greatly enhanced through a waveguide design that takes advantage of the spin-dependent magnetic neutron scattering potential to steer spin-up and spin-down neutrons into waveguide modes with different depth profiles. Using a bilayer of manganate and ruthenate ferromagnets, we demonstrate that a magnetic waveguide structure with sharp spin-up and spin-down modes centered in the two different layers can be generated by adding a magnetically inactive capping layer. The resulting reflectometric data allow accurate and reliable determination of a small in-plane magnetization in the ruthenate layer, despite its immediate proximity to the manganate layer with much larger magnetization. Magnetic neutron waveguides thus enable depth-sensitive measurements of small electronic spin polarizations in a large variety of magnetic multilayers and devices.

  18. Analysis of integrated optical waveguides


    Uranus, H.P.; Hoekstra, Hugo; van Groesen, Embrecht W.C.


    An overview of the analysis of integrated optical waveguides is presented. Starting from the Maxwell’s equations, a formulation of the problem for general 3-D structures will be introduced. Then, for longitudinally invariant structures, problem for waveguides with 2-D cross section is presented for vectorial, semivectorial, and scalar formulations. Simpler 1-D case for planar structure will then be discussed in more detail. A novel scheme developed for the analysis of planar structures is giv...

  19. Multi-criteria optimization in CO2 laser ablation of multimode polymer waveguides (United States)

    Tamrin, K. F.; Zakariyah, S. S.; Sheikh, N. A.


    High interconnection density associated with current electronics products poses certain challenges in designing circuit boards. Methods, including laser-assisted microvia drilling and surface mount technologies for example, are being used to minimize the impacts of the problems. However, the bottleneck is significantly pronounced at bit data rates above 10 Gbit/s where losses, especially those due to crosstalk, become high. One solution is optical interconnections (OI) based on polymer waveguides. Laser ablation of the optical waveguides is viewed as a very compatible technique with ultraviolet laser sources, such as excimer and UV Nd:YAG lasers, being used due to their photochemical nature and minimal thermal effect when they interact with optical materials. In this paper, the authors demonstrate the application of grey relational analysis to determine the optimized processing parameters concerning fabrication of multimode optical polymer waveguides by using infra-red 10.6 μm CO2 laser micromachining to etch acrylate-based photopolymer (Truemode™). CO2 laser micromachining offers a low cost and high speed fabrication route needed for high volume productions as the wavelength of CO2 lasers can couple well with a variety of polymer substrates. Based on the highest grey relational grade, the optimized processing parameters are determined at laser power of 3 W and scanning speed of 100 mm/s.

  20. High-speed electro-optic switch based on nonlinear polymer-clad waveguide incorporated with quasi-in-plane coplanar waveguide electrodes (United States)

    Jiang, Ming-Hui; Wang, Xi-Bin; Xu, Qiang; Li, Ming; Niu, Dong-Hai; Sun, Xiao-Qiang; Wang, Fei; Li, Zhi-Yong; Zhang, Da-Ming


    Nonlinear optical (NLO) polymer is a promising material for active waveguide devices that can provide large bandwidth and high-speed response time. However, the performance of the active devices is not only related to the waveguide materials, but also related to the waveguide and electrode structures. In this paper, a high-speed Mach-Zehnder interferometer (MZI) type of electro-optic (EO) switch based on NLO polymer-clad waveguide was fabricated. The quasi-in-plane coplanar waveguide electrodes were also introduced to enhance the poling and modulating efficiency. The characteristic parameters of the waveguide and electrode were carefully designed and simulated. The switches were fabricated by the conventional micro-fabrication process. Under 1550-nm operating wavelength, a typical fabricated switch showed a low insertion loss of 10.2 dB, and the switching rise time and fall time were 55.58 and 57.98 ns, respectively. The proposed waveguide and electrode structures could be developed into other active EO devices and also used as the component in the polymer-based large-scale photonic integrated circuit.

  1. Comprehensive capacitance-voltage analysis including quantum effects for high-k interfaces on germanium and other alternative channel materials (United States)

    Anwar, Sarkar R. M.

    High mobility alternative channel materials to silicon are critical to the continued scaling of metal oxide semiconductor (MOS) devices. However, before they can be incorporated into advanced devices, some major issues need to be solved. The high mobility materials suffer from lower allowable thermal budgets compared to Si (before desorption and defect formation becomes an issue) and the absence of a good quality native oxide has further increased the interest in the use of high-k dielectrics. However, the high interface state density and high electric fields at these semiconductor/high-k interfaces can significantly impact the capacitance-voltage (C-V) profile, and current C-V modeling software cannot account for these effects. This in turn affects the parameters extracted from the C-V data of the high mobility semiconductor/high-k interface, which are crucial to fully understand the interface properties and expedite process development. To address this issue, we developed a model which takes into account quantum corrections which can be applied to a number of these alternative channel materials including SixGe1-x, Ge, InGaAs, and GaAs. The C-V simulation using this QM correction model is orders of magnitude faster compared to a full band Schrodinger-Poisson solver. The simulated C-V is directly benchmarked to a self consistent Schrodinger-Poisson solution for each bulk semiconductor material, and from the benchmarking process the QM correction parameters are extracted. The full program, C-V Alternative Channel Extraction (CV ACE), incorporates a quantum mechanical correction model, along with the interface state density model, and can extract device parameters such as equivalent oxide thickness (EOT), doping density and flat band voltage (Vfb) as well as the interface state density profile using multiple measurements performed at different frequencies and temperatures, simultaneously. The program was used to analyze experimentally measured C-V profiles and the

  2. Energy transfer in erbium doped optical waveguides based on silicon

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    Kik, Pieter Geert


    Energy transfer in erbium doped optical waveguides based on silicon This thesis describes the energy transfer processes occurring in materials that can be used for the fabrication of silicon compatible optical integrated circuits, operating at 1.54 mm.The thesis consists of three parts: Part I

  3. Photonic crystal waveguides based on an antiresonant reflecting platform

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    Lavrinenko, Andrei; Frandsen, Lars Hagedorn; Fage-Pedersen, Jacob


    We apply the antiresonant reflecting layers arrangement to silicon-on-insulator based photonic crystal waveguides. Several layered structures with different combinations of materials (Si-SiO2, Si3N4-SiO2) and layer topology have been analysed. Numerical modelling using 3D Finite-Difference Time...

  4. Scattering loss of antiresonant reflecting optical waveguides


    Baba, Toshihiko; Kokubun, Yasuo


    Scattering loss of two-dimensional ARROW-type waveguides, i.e., antiresonant reflecting optical waveguide (ARROW) and ARROW-B, is analyzed by the first-order perturbation theory. Calculated results are compared with those of conventional three-layer waveguides. Optimum design for the reduction of scattering loss of these ARROW-type waveguides is discussed. It was found that the scattering loss of ARROW-type waveguides is no larger than that of a conventional waveguide having a relative refrac...

  5. Silicon Nitride Background in Nanophotonic Waveguide Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy

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    Ashim Dhakal


    Full Text Available Recent studies have shown that evanescent Raman spectroscopy using a silicon nitride (SiN nanophotonic waveguide platform has higher signal enhancement when compared to free-space systems. However, signal-to-noise ratio from the waveguide at a low analyte concentration is constrained by the shot-noise from the background light originating from the waveguide itself. Hence, understanding the origin and properties of this waveguide background luminescence (WGBL is essential to developing mitigation strategies. Here, we identify the dominating component of the WGBL spectrum composed of a broad Raman scattering due to momentum selection-rule breaking in amorphous materials, and several peaks specific to molecules embedded in the core. We determine the maximum of the Raman scattering efficiency of the WGBL at room temperature for 785 nm excitation to be 4.5 ± 1 × 10−9 cm−1·sr−1, at a Stokes shift of 200 cm−1. This efficiency decreases monotonically for higher Stokes shifts. Additionally, we also demonstrate the use of slotted waveguides and quasi-transverse magnetic polarization as some mitigation strategies.

  6. CONFERENCE SUMMARY: Summary and comment on superconducting analogue electronics research, including materials and fabrication, as presented at ISEC 07 (United States)

    Foley, C. P.


    The main theme at ISEC 2007 for superconducting materials, fabrication and analogue electronics was the description of incremental developments, including a few new directions that indicate breakthroughs in this area of research. The work on applications focused on their cost-benefit analysis (in order to improve their appeal), the development of simpler systems, making more of the data collected, improving packaging and being responsive to the power handling requirements for commercial systems. All papers presenting this level of research highlighted the importance of obtaining all the necessary details in order to investigate analogue devices and the effectiveness and commercial viability of their systems. This stage of development is important if we are to achieve the transition of superconducting electronics from the laboratory to commercial use. There were some exciting disruptive breakthroughs reported. These were in the areas of nano-SQUIDs, rotating gradiometers, superconducting scanning tunnelling microscopy (Hayashi et al) and the potential of superconducting photonics using optical interfaces with superconducting vortex flow transistors, for example. The materials research in low (LTS), high (HTS) and medium (MTS) critical temperature superconductors was reported. In LTS, nitrides emerged as important materials for use as new tunnel barriers, either insulating or semiconducting. Papers on BaN, NbN, TaN, GaN and Nb-Si superconducting materials were also presented. The MTS material of MgB2 is still under development (Zhao et al). There were also new research groups from South Africa and Turkey attending the conference. The fabrication research presented covered the areas of critical current Ic spread, which is still an issue in reducing the reproducibility of Josephson junctions, a 150 mm process for Nb/Al-AlOx/Nb and methods to improve barrier layers using both new materials and smooth surfaces at thin film interfaces (Du et al). New methods to make sub

  7. Quantum interference and manipulation of entanglement in silicon wire waveguide quantum circuits

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    Bonneau, D.; Engin, E.; Dorenbos, S.N.; Zwiller, V.


    Integrated quantum photonic waveguide circuits are a promising approach to realizing future photonic quantum technologies. Here, we present an integrated photonic quantum technology platform utilizing the silicon-oninsulator material system, where quantum interference and the manipulation of quantum

  8. Optimization of photonic crystal 60 degrees waveguide bends for broadband and slow-light transmission

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    Lavrinenko, Andrei; Tetu, Amelie; Frandsen, Lars Hagedorn


    We present results on broadband transmission through photonic crystal waveguide bends optimized for slowlight modes. Theoretical analysis and topology optimization are complemented by experimental verification of designs fabricated in SOI material....

  9. Propagation Characteristics of Multilayer Hybrid Insulator-Metal-Insulator and Metal-Insulator-Metal Plasmonic Waveguides

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    M. Talafi Noghani


    Full Text Available Propagation characteristics of symmetrical and asymmetrical multilayer hybrid insulator-metal-insulator (HIMI and metal-insulator-metal (HMIM plasmonic slab waveguides are investigated using the transfer matrix method. Propagation length (Lp and spatial length (Ls are used as two figures of merit to qualitate the plasmonic waveguides. Symmetrical structures are shown to be more performant (having higher Lp and lower Ls, nevertheless it is shown that usage of asymmetrical geometry could compensate for the performance degradation in practically realized HIMI waveguides with different substrate materials. It is found that HMIM slab waveguide could support almost long-range subdiffraction plasmonic modes at dimensions lower than the spatial length of the HIMI slab waveguide.

  10. Laser-assisted microstructuring for Ti:sapphire channel-waveguide fabrication

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    Crunteanu, A.; Pollnau, Markus; Jänchen, G.; Hibert, C.; Hoffmann, P.; Salathé, R.P.; Eason, R.W.; Shepherd, D.P.


    We report on the fabrication of Ti:sapphire channel waveguides. Such channel waveguides are of interest, e.g., as low-threshold tunable lasers. We investigated several structuring methods including ion beam implantation followed by wet chemical etching strip loading by polyimide spin coating and

  11. Teacher-Made Tactile Science Materials with Critical and Creative Thinking Activities for Learners Including Those with Visual Impairments (United States)

    Teske, Jolene K.; Gray, Phyllis; Kuhn, Mason A.; Clausen, Courtney K.; Smith, Latisha L.; Alsubia, Sukainah A.; Ghayoorad, Maryam; Rule, Audrey C.; Schneider, Jean Suchsland


    Gifted students with visual impairments are twice exceptional learners and may not evidence their advanced science aptitudes without appropriate accommodations for learning science. However, effective tactile science teaching materials may be easily made. Recent research has shown that when tactile materials are used with "all" students…

  12. Water Quality Instructional Resources Information System (IRIS): A Compilation of Abstracts to Water Quality and Water Resources Materials. Includes May 1979 edition and Supplements 1-15. (United States)

    Ohio State Univ., Columbus, OH. Information Reference Center for Science, Mathematics, and Environmental Education.

    Compiled are abstracts and indexes to selected print and non-print materials related to wastewater treatment and water quality education and instruction, as well as materials related to pesticides, hazardous wastes, and public participation. Sources of abstracts/indexed materials include all levels of government, private concerns, and educational…

  13. Integration of a waveguide self-electrooptic effect device and a vertically coupled interconnect waveguide (United States)

    Vawter, G Allen [Corrales, NM


    A self-electrooptic effect device ("SEED") is integrated with waveguide interconnects through the use of vertical directional couplers. Light initially propagating in the interconnect waveguide is vertically coupled to the active waveguide layer of the SEED and, if the SEED is in the transparent state, the light is coupled back to the interconnect waveguide.

  14. Empirical model for the waveguiding properties of directly UV written waveguides

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    Leick, Lasse; Harpøth, Anders; Svalgaard, Mikael


    We present an empirical model for the waveguiding properties of directly UV-written planar waveguides in silica-on-silicon. The waveguides are described by a rectangular core step-index profile, in which model parameters are found by comparison of the measured waveguide width and effective index...

  15. 10 CFR 170.31 - Schedule of fees for materials licenses and other regulatory services, including inspections, and... (United States)


    ... maintenance of a facility in a standby mode. (a) Conventional and Heap Leach facilities Full Cost (b) Basic In... material in recovery operations such as milling, in-situ recovery, heap-leaching, ore buying stations, ion...

  16. Miniaturized Waveguide Fourier Transform Spectrometer Project (United States)

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — To characterize the IR optical properties of the metal-coated hollow waveguide ensemble; configure the Hollow Waveguide FTS (HWFTS) chip in such a way that we...

  17. Integrated waveguide amplifiers for optical backplanes

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    Yang, J.; Lamprecht, T.; Worhoff, Kerstin; Driessen, A.; Horst, F.; Horst, F.; Offrein, B.J.; Offrein, B.J.; Ay, F.; Pollnau, Markus

    Amplifier performance of Nd3+-doped polymer and Al2O3 channel waveguides at 880 nm is investigated. Tapered amplifiers are embedded between optical backplane waveguides, and a maximum 0.21 dB net gain is demonstrated.

  18. Evanescent field Sensors Based on Tantalum Pentoxide Waveguides – A Review

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    Christian Hoffmann


    Full Text Available Evanescent field sensors based on waveguide surfaces play an important rolewhere high sensitivity is required. Particularly tantalum pentoxide (Ta2O5 is a suitablematerial for thin-film waveguides due to its high refractive index and low attenuation.Many label-free biosensor systems such as grating couplers and interferometric sensors aswell as fluorescence-based systems benefit from this waveguide material leading toextremely high sensitivity. Some biosensor systems based on Ta2O5 waveguides alreadytook the step into commercialization. This report reviews the various detection systems interms of limit of detection, the applications, and the suitable surface chemistry.

  19. Fabrication of Ge nanocrystals doped silica-on-silicon waveguides and observation of their strong quantum confinement effect

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    Ou, Haiyan; Rottwitt, Karsten


    Germanium (Ge) nanocrystals embedded in silica matrix is an interesting material for new optoelectronic devices. In this paper, standard silica-on-silicon waveguides with a core doped by Ge nanocrystals were fabricated using plasma enhanced chemical vapour deposition and reactive ion etching....... The cross-sectional waveguide structures were investigated by scanning electron microscopy. Transmission of the waveguide was measured using a broadband light source covering the wavelength range from 500 nm to 1700 nm, and the results were compared against transmission through a standard waveguide. Strong...

  20. Coupled mode theory of periodic waveguides arrays

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    Lavrinenko, Andrei; Chigrin, Dmitry N.

    We apply the scalar coupled mode theory to the case of waveguides array consisting om two periodic waveguides. One of the waveguides is arbitrary shifted along another. A longitudinal shift acts as a parameter in the coupled mode theory. The proposed theory explains peculiarities of modes dispers...... dispersion and transmission in coupled periodic waveguides systems. Analytical results are compared with the numerical ones obtained by the plane wave expansion and FDTD methods....

  1. Slotted Polyimide-Aerogel-Filled-Waveguide Arrays (United States)

    Rodriguez-Solis, Rafael A.; Pacheco, Hector L.; Miranda, Felix A.; Meador, Mary Ann B.


    This presentation discussed the potential advantages of developing Slotted Waveguide Arrays using polyimide aerogels. Polyimide (PI) aerogels offer great promise as an enabling technology for lightweight aerospace antenna systems. PI aerogels are highly porous solids possessing low density and low dielectric permittivity combined with good mechanical properties. For slotted waveguide array applications, there are significant advantages in mass that more than compensate for the slightly higher loss of the aerogel filled waveguide when compared to state of practice commercial waveguide.

  2. Competition and evolution of dielectric waveguide mode and plasmonic waveguide mode (United States)

    Yuan, Sheng-Nan; Fang, Yun-Tuan


    In order to study the coupling and evolution law of the waveguide mode and two plasmonic surface modes, we construct a line defect waveguide based on hexagonal honeycomb plasmonic photonic crystal. Through adjusting the radius of the edge dielectric rods, the competition and evolution behaviors occur between dielectric waveguide mode and plasmonic waveguide mode. There are three status: only plasmonic waveguide modes occur for rA 0.25a; two kinds of modes coexist for 0.09a slow light.

  3. Two-Dimentional Photonic Crystal Waveguides

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    Søndergaard, Thomas; Dridi, Kim


    and a finite-difference-time-domain (FDTD) method. Design parameters, i.e. dielectric constants, rod diameter and waveguide width, where these waveguides are single-moded and multi-moded will be given. We will also show our recent results regarding the energy-flow (the Poynting vector) in these waveguides...

  4. Plasmonic waveguides cladded by hyperbolic metamaterials

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    Ishii, Satoshi; Shalaginov, Mikhail Y.; Babicheva, Viktoriia E.


    Strongly anisotropic media with hyperbolic dispersion can be used for claddings of plasmonic waveguides (PWs). In order to analyze the fundamental properties of such waveguides, we analytically study 1D waveguides arranged from a hyperbolic metamaterial (HMM) in a HMM-Insulator-HMM (HIH) structure...

  5. Optical manipulation of silicon nanowires on silicon nitride waveguides (United States)

    Néel, D.; Gétin, S.; Fedeli, J.-M.; Baron, T.; Gentile, P.; Ferret, P.


    Semiconductor nanowires are drawing more and more interest due to their numerous potential applications in nanoelectronics devices [1,2], including interconnects, transistor channels, nanoelectrodes, or in the emerging application areas of photonics [3], chemistry [4] and photovoltaics [5]. In this context, optical tweezers appear like a pertinent tool for the manipulation and assembly of nanowires into complex structures. It was previously shown that the near-field existing at the surface of a waveguide allows the micromanipulation of nanoparticles and biological objects [6,7]. In this article, we investigate for the first time to our knowledge the motion of silicon nanowires above silicon nitride waveguides. The nanowires in aqueous solution are attracted toward the waveguide by optical gradient forces. The nanowires align themselves according to the axis of the waveguide and get propelled along the waveguide due to radiation pressure. Velocities are up to 40 μm/s. For a better understanding of the experimental results, the distribution of the electromagnetic field in the nanowire is calculated using the finite element method. Then, the resulting optical forces exerted on the nanowires are calculated, thanks to the Maxwell stress tensor formalism.

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

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    Bányász, I., E-mail: [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)


    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.

  7. Color waveguide transparent screen using lens array holographic optical element (United States)

    Liu, Siqi; Sun, Peng; Wang, Chang; Zheng, Zhenrong


    A color transparent screen was designed in this paper, a planar glass was used as a waveguide structure and the lens array holographic optical element (HOE) was used as a display unit. The lens array HOE was exposed by two coherent beams. One was the reference wave which directly illuminated on the holographic material and the other was modulated by the micro lens array. The lens array HOE can display the images with see-through abilities. Unlike the conventional lens array HOE, a planar glass was adopted as the waveguide in the experiment. The projecting light was totally internal-reflected in the planar glass to eliminate the undesired zero-order diffracted light. By using waveguide, it also brings advantage of compact structure. Colorful display can be realized in our system as the holographic materials were capable for multi-wavelength display. In this paper, a color transparent screen utilizing the lens array HOE and waveguide were designed. Experiment results showed a circular display area on the transparent screen. The diameter of the area is 20 mm and it achieved the pixel resolution of 100 μm. This simple and effective method could be an alternative in the augment reality (AR) applications, such as transparent phone and television.

  8. Development of waveguide sensors for the application in photoacoustic tomography (United States)

    Nuster, R.; Paltauf, G.; Ditlbacher, H.; Burgholzer, P.


    Photoacoustic tomography (PAT) is based on the recording of the acoustic signals excited by illumination of a sample with short laser pulses. The detection of the acoustic signals can be realized either by small (point-like) detectors or by extended integrating detectors. The commonly applied detectors are arrays of small ultrasound transducers or single detectors scanning around the object. A rather new approach is the use of extended integrating detectors for acoustic wave monitoring to avoid the blurring effects of finite aperture sensors in PAT. The present study is focused on the development of integrating line detectors. This is implemented by a combination of a planar waveguide (PWG) and a common path polarization interferometer (CPPI). An arriving acoustic pulse modifies the birefringence of the waveguide material. This leads to a change of phase difference between two orthogonally polarized fundamental waveguide modes, which is converted into a modulation of intensity by an analyzer. The obtained noiseequivalent pressure value is ~1bar without averaging which is rather poor compared to other methods but it can be increased by using polymer waveguide materials with better relative elasto-optic coupling coefficients than polystyrene (C--19•10 -7 bar -1). The guiding polystyrene film had a thickness of 1.3 μm and was fabricated with a spin coating method. The bandwidth of the PWG sensor was limited only by the detection electronics to 125 MHz.

  9. UV writing of advanced Bragg gratings in optical waveguides

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    Jensen, Jesper Bo Damm


    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...... of the novel polarization control method for UV writing of Bragg gratings with advanced apodization profiles including phase shifts. The principle of the polarization control method relies on a spatial separation of the s- and p-polarized components of a linearly polarized UV beam corresponding to half...... 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 Microelectronic Center...

  10. Quantum State Transfer via Noisy Photonic and Phononic Waveguides. (United States)

    Vermersch, B; Guimond, P-O; Pichler, H; Zoller, P


    We describe a quantum state transfer protocol, where a quantum state of photons stored in a first cavity can be faithfully transferred to a second distant cavity via an infinite 1D waveguide, while being immune to arbitrary noise (e.g., thermal noise) injected into the waveguide. We extend the model and protocol to a cavity QED setup, where atomic ensembles, or single atoms representing quantum memory, are coupled to a cavity mode. We present a detailed study of sensitivity to imperfections, and apply a quantum error correction protocol to account for random losses (or additions) of photons in the waveguide. Our numerical analysis is enabled by matrix product state techniques to simulate the complete quantum circuit, which we generalize to include thermal input fields. Our discussion applies both to photonic and phononic quantum networks.

  11. Quantum State Transfer via Noisy Photonic and Phononic Waveguides (United States)

    Vermersch, B.; Guimond, P.-O.; Pichler, H.; Zoller, P.


    We describe a quantum state transfer protocol, where a quantum state of photons stored in a first cavity can be faithfully transferred to a second distant cavity via an infinite 1D waveguide, while being immune to arbitrary noise (e.g., thermal noise) injected into the waveguide. We extend the model and protocol to a cavity QED setup, where atomic ensembles, or single atoms representing quantum memory, are coupled to a cavity mode. We present a detailed study of sensitivity to imperfections, and apply a quantum error correction protocol to account for random losses (or additions) of photons in the waveguide. Our numerical analysis is enabled by matrix product state techniques to simulate the complete quantum circuit, which we generalize to include thermal input fields. Our discussion applies both to photonic and phononic quantum networks.

  12. Experimental method for testing diffraction properties of reflection waveguide holograms. (United States)

    Xie, Yi; Kang, Ming-Wu; Wang, Bao-Ping


    Waveguide holograms' diffraction properties include peak wavelength and diffraction efficiency, which play an important role in determining their display performance. Based on the record and reconstruction theory of reflection waveguide holograms, a novel experimental method for testing diffraction properties is introduced and analyzed in this paper, which uses a plano-convex lens optically contacted to the surface of the substrate plate of the waveguide hologram, so that the diffracted light beam can be easily detected. Then an experiment is implemented. The designed reconstruction wavelength of the test sample is 530 nm, and its diffraction efficiency is 100%. The experimental results are a peak wavelength of 527.7 nm and a diffraction efficiency of 94.1%. It is shown that the tested value corresponds well with the designed value.

  13. Fabrication and characterization of submicron polymer waveguides by micro-transfer molding

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    Wu, Te-Wei [Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States)


    Various methods exist for fabrication of micron and submicron sized waveguide structures. However, most of them include expensive and time consuming semiconductor fabrication techniques. An economical method for fabricating waveguide structures is introduced and demonstrated in this thesis. This method is established based on previously well-developed photonic crystal fabrication method called two-polymer microtransfer molding. The waveguide in this work functions by a coupler structure that diffracts the incident light into submicron polymer rods. The light is then guided through the rods. Characterization is done by collecting the light that has been guided through the waveguide and exits the end of these submicron polymer bars. The coupling and waveguiding capabilities are demonstrated using two light sources, a laser and white light.


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    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...... medium in the THz regime, thereby forming transient passive and active components for controlling THz radiation signals. The excitation can be generation of free charge carriers in a semiconductor material in the PPWG, to create metallic regions that form mirrors, lenses or photonic crystal structures......-on-a-chip applications. The optical and THz radiation can be ultrashort pulses with picosecond or femtosecond pulse durations. L...

  15. Phase regeneration of phase-shift keying signals in highly nonlinear hybrid plasmonic waveguides. (United States)

    Zhang, JiHua; Zhao, Ping; Cassan, Eric; Zhang, XinLiang


    Phase regeneration of phase-shift keying signals is theoretically proposed, we believe for the first time, based on the efficient optical parametric amplification (OPA) process in a highly nonlinear symmetric hybrid plasmonic waveguide. This optimized stacked waveguide with nonlinear organic materials has a relatively low loss of about 0.005 dB/μm and an effective nonlinear OPA coupling coefficient up to 60 ps/m/W(1/2). The phase-recovery process was achieved in this waveguide within a length as short as 150 μm.

  16. Silicon-free, low-loss and high contrast polymer multimode waveguides (United States)

    Abdul-Hadi, Jalal; Gauthier, Marc Andre; Packirisamy, Muthukumaran


    The fabrication and characterization of SU-8 multimode optical waveguides on fused quartz and silicon oxide substrates were successfully realized and analyzed. Optical losses for the transverse electric (TE) mode polarization of 0.58 dB cm-1 and 1.44 dB cm-1 and transverse magnetic (TM) mode polarization of 0.73 dB cm-1 and 1.16 dB cm-1 were measured for SU-8 waveguides on fused quartz and silicon oxide substrates, respectively. The fabrication process for SU-8 waveguides on quartz developed herein could be applied for SU-8 optical integrated devices on other substrate materials.

  17. Synthesis and Sintering Behavior of Cordierite Prepared from Multi-Component Materials Including Alkaline-Earth Minerals

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    Jeong, Suk-In; Kim, Nam-Il; Lee, Sang-Jin [Mokpo National University, Muan (Korea, Republic of)


    Cordierite was synthesized using multi-component materials based on a talc-alumina-clay system. The cordierite sintered at 1360 °C showed a high relative density of 98.8% and a low thermal expansion coefficient of 1.59×10{sup -}6/°C. To study the effect of adding alkaline-earth minerals on the cordierite properties, petalite, potash-feldspar, and dicalcium phosphate were added to the synthesized cordierite. In the case of 9 wt% petalite or potash-feldspar addition, the cordierite was more densified; however, the thermal expansion coefficient and the pyroplasticity index were increased. In particular, a 5 μm thick self-glazed coating was formed with the addition of 9 wt% potash-feldspar. In the case of adding dicalcium phosphate, a glass phase was formed at low temperature and gas bubbles formed at high temperature above 1320 ℃. The cordierite synthesized using multi-component materials is expected to be employed as a material for high thermal shock, dense-microstructure flameware.

  18. Gaussian-Beam/Physical-Optics Design Of Beam Waveguide (United States)

    Veruttipong, Watt; Chen, Jacqueline C.; Bathker, Dan A.


    In iterative method of designing wideband beam-waveguide feed for paraboloidal-reflector antenna, Gaussian-beam approximation alternated with more nearly exact physical-optics analysis of diffraction. Includes curved and straight reflectors guiding radiation from feed horn to subreflector. For iterative design calculations, curved mirrors mathematically modeled as thin lenses. Each distance Li is combined length of two straight-line segments intersecting at one of flat mirrors. Method useful for designing beam-waveguide reflectors or mirrors required to have diameters approximately less than 30 wavelengths at one or more intended operating frequencies.

  19. Coupled nanopillar waveguides: optical properties and applications

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    Chigrin, Dmitry N.; Zhukovsky, Sergei V.; Lavrinenko, Andrei


    , while guided modes dispersion is strongly affected by the waveguide structure. We present a systematic analysis of the optical properties of coupled nanopillar waveguides and discuss their possible applications for integrated optics. (C) 2007 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim......In this paper we review basic properties of coupled periodic and aperiodic nanopillar waveguides. A coupled nanopillar waveguide consists of several rows of periodically or aperiodically placed dielectric rods (pillars). In such a waveguide, light confinement is due to the total internal reflection...

  20. Polymer fiber waveguides for terahertz radiation

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    Nielsen, Kristian

    is taken from microstructured polymer optical fibers (mPOFs) used at optical wavelengths for sensing and communication. The fibers investigated can be divided into two groups, the solid core fibers and the hollow core fibers. The solid core fibers offer the broadest bandwidth with the best dispersion....... The polymer material with lowest loss is Topas and all the solid core fibers are manufactured using this material. The polymer PMMA however has higher refractive index along with higher loss, and this higher refractive index is utilized to achieve a large bandwidth hollow core fiber with a low air......Terahertz radiation offers many exciting applications noticeably in spectroscopy and it is showing promising results in imaging, mainly for security applications. In this project the study of using structured polymer fibers for THz waveguiding is presented. The inspiration for the THz fiber...

  1. Compact on-Chip Temperature Sensors Based on Dielectric-Loaded Plasmonic Waveguide-Ring Resonators

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    Sergey I. Bozhevolnyi


    Full Text Available The application of a waveguide-ring resonator based on dielectric-loaded surface plasmon-polariton waveguides as a temperature sensor is demonstrated in this paper and the influence of temperature change to the transmission through the waveguide-ring resonator system is comprehensively analyzed. The results show that the roundtrip phase change in the ring resonator due to the temperature change is the major reason for the transmission variation. The performance of the temperature sensor is also discussed and it is shown that for a waveguide-ring resonator with the resonator radius around 5 mm and waveguide-ring gap of 500 nm which gives a footprint around 140 µm2, the temperature sensitivity at the order of 10−2 K can be achieved with the input power of 100 mW within the measurement sensitivity limit of a practical optical detector.

  2. Innovative techniques for the production of energetic radicals for lunar materials processing including photogeneration via concentrated solar energy (United States)

    Osborn, D. E.; Lynch, D. C.; Fozzolari, R.


    A technique for photo generation of radicals is discussed that can be used in the recovery of oxygen and metals from extraterrestrial resources. The concept behind this work was to examine methods whereby radicals can be generated and used in the processing of refractory materials. In that regard, the focus is on the use of sunlight. Sunlight provides useful energy for processing in the forms of both thermal and quantum energy. A number of experiments were conducted in the chlorination of metals with and without the aid of UV and near UV light. The results of some of those experiments are discussed.

  3. Quantum waveguides with corners

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    Raymond Nicolas


    Full Text Available The simplest modeling of planar quantum waveguides is the Dirichlet eigenproblem for the Laplace operator in unbounded open sets which are uniformly thin in one direction. Here we consider V-shaped guides. Their spectral properties depend essentially on a sole parameter, the opening of the V. The free energy band is a semi-infinite interval bounded from below. As soon as the V is not flat, there are bound states below the free energy band. There are a finite number of them, depending on the opening. This number tends to infinity as the opening tends to 0 (sharply bent V. In this situation, the eigenfunctions concentrate and become self-similar. In contrast, when the opening gets large (almost flat V, the eigenfunctions spread and enjoy a different self-similar structure. We explain all these facts and illustrate them by numerical simulations. La modélisation la plus simple des guides d’ondes quantiques plans est le problème aux valeurs propres pour le laplacien dans des ouverts non bornés qui sont fins dans une direction. Ici nous considérons des guides en forme de V. Leurs propriétés spectrales dépendent essentiellement d’un seul paramètre, l’ouverture du V. La bande d’énergie libre est un intervalle semi-infini borné inférieurement. Dès que le V n’est pas plat, il existe des états liés sous la bande d’énergie libre. Ils sont en nombre fini, fonction de l’ouverture. Ce nombre tend vers l’infini quand l’ouverture tend vers 0 (V très refermé. Dans cette situation, les fonctions propres se concentrent et deviennent auto-similaires. À l’opposé, quand l’ouverture est grande (V très aplati, les fonctions propres s’étalent et jouissent d’une autre structure auto-similaire. Nous expliquons tous ces résultats et les illustrons par des expériences numériques.

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

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    Philipp, Hugh Taylor


    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...... devices have been demonstrated. Directly UV-written waveguides have also been used with high-index contrast ring resonators to make hybrid devices. These hybrid devices are interesting because of the possibility of making practical low insertion-loss devices that utilize the benefits of a high...

  5. Modeling the Nonlinear, Strain Rate Dependent Deformation of Shuttle Leading Edge Materials with Hydrostatic Stress Effects Included (United States)

    Goldberg, Robert K.; Carney, Kelly S.


    An analysis method based on a deformation (as opposed to damage) approach has been developed to model the strain rate dependent, nonlinear deformation of woven ceramic matrix composites, such as the Reinforced Carbon Carbon (RCC) material used on the leading edges of the Space Shuttle. In the developed model, the differences in the tension and compression deformation behaviors have also been accounted for. State variable viscoplastic equations originally developed for metals have been modified to analyze the ceramic matrix composites. To account for the tension/compression asymmetry in the material, the effective stress and effective inelastic strain definitions have been modified. The equations have also been modified to account for the fact that in an orthotropic composite the in-plane shear response is independent of the stiffness in the normal directions. The developed equations have been implemented into LS-DYNA through the use of user defined subroutines (UMATs). Several sample qualitative calculations have been conducted, which demonstrate the ability of the model to qualitatively capture the features of the deformation response present in woven ceramic matrix composites.

  6. Photonic-crystal waveguide biosensor

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    Skivesen, Nina; Têtu, Amélie; Kristensen, Martin


    A photonic-crystal waveguide sensor is presented for biosensing. The sensor is applied for refractive index measurements and detection of protein-concentrations. Concentrations around 10 μg/ml (0.15μMolar) are measured with excellent signal to noise ratio, and a broad, dynamic refractive index se...

  7. Glass Waveguides for Periodic Poling

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    Fage-Pedersen, Jacob; Jacobsen, Rune Shim; Kristensen, Martin


    Planar silica-based waveguide devices have been developed for second-harmonic generation by poling with periodic electrodes. We show that detrimental charge transport can occur along interfaces, but with proper choice of fabrication, high-quality devices are obtained....

  8. Fluorescence imaging of lattice re-distribution on step-index direct laser written Nd:YAG waveguide lasers

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    Martínez de Mendívil, Jon; Pérez Delgado, Alberto; Lifante, Ginés; Jaque, Daniel [Departamento de Física de Materiales, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Madrid 28049 (Spain); Ródenas, Airán [Departament de Química Física i Inorgànica, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona 43007 (Spain); Institute of Photonics and Quantum Sciences, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh EH14 4AS (United Kingdom); Benayas, Antonio, E-mail: [Departamento de Física de Materiales, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Madrid 28049 (Spain); Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique, Centre – Énergie Matériaux et Télécommunications, 1650, Boul. Lionel Boulet Varennes, Quebec J3X 1S2 (Canada); Aguiló, Magdalena; Diaz, Francesc [Departament de Química Física i Inorgànica, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona 43007 (Spain); Kar, Ajoy K. [Institute of Photonics and Quantum Sciences, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh EH14 4AS (United Kingdom)


    The laser performance and crystalline micro-structural properties of near-infrared step-index channel waveguides fabricated inside Neodymium doped YAG laser ceramics by means of three-dimensional sub-picosecond pulse laser direct writing are reported. Fluorescence micro-mapping of the waveguide cross-sections reveals that an essential crystal lattice re-distribution has been induced after short pulse irradiation. Such lattice re-distribution is evidenced at the waveguide core corresponding to the laser written refractive index increased volume. The waveguides core surroundings also present diverse changes including slight lattice disorder and bi-axial strain fields. The step-index waveguide laser performance is compared with previous laser fabricated waveguides with a stress-optic guiding mechanism in absence of laser induced lattice re-distribution.

  9. End of FY2014 Report - Filter Measurement System for Nuclear Material Storage Canisters (Including Altitude Correction for Filter Pressure Drop)

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    Moore, Murray E. [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Reeves, Kirk Patrick [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)


    Two LANL FTS (Filter Test System ) devices for nuclear material storage canisters are fully operational. One is located in PF-4 ( i.e. the TA-55 FTS) while the other is located at the Radiation Protection Division’s Aerosol Engineering Facility ( i.e. the TA-3 FTS). The systems are functionally equivalent , with the TA-3 FTS being the test-bed for new additions and for resolving any issues found in the TA-55 FTS. There is currently one unresolved issue regarding the TA-55 FTS device. The canister lid clamp does not give a leak tight seal when testing the 1 QT (quart) or 2 QT SAVY lids. An adapter plate is being developed that will ensure a correct test configuration when the 1 or 2 QT SAVY lid s are being tested .

  10. Superhard composite materials including compounds of carbon and nitrogen deposited on metal and metal nitride carbide and carbonitride (United States)

    Wong, Ming-Show; Li, Dong; Chung, Yin-Wah; Sproul, William D.; Chu, Xi; Barnett, Scott A.


    A composite material having high hardness comprises a carbon nitrogen compound, such as CN.sub.x where x is greater than 0.1 and up to 1.33, deposited on a metal or metal compound selected to promote deposition of substantially crystalline CN.sub.x. The carbon nitrogen compound is deposited on a crystal plane of the metal or metal compound sufficiently lattice-matched with a crystal plane of the carbon nitrogen compound that the carbon nitrogen compound is substantially crystalline. A plurality of layers of the compounds can be formed in alternating sequence to provide a multi-layered, superlattice coating having a coating hardness in the range of 45-55 GPa, which corresponds to the hardness of a BN coating and approaches that of a diamond coating.

  11. Different index contrast silica-on-silicon waveguides by PECVD

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    Ou, Haiyan


    Ge-doped silica-on-silicon waveguides with index steps of 0.01 and 0.02 were fabricated by a combination of plasma enhanced chemical vapour deposition (PECVD) and reactive ion etching (RIE) techniques, and their characteristics, including propagation loss, coupling loss with standard singlemode f...

  12. Development of Leaky Wave Antennas for Layered Ridge Dielectric Waveguide (United States)

    Ponchak, George E.; Katehi, Linda P. B.


    The millimeter wave, especially above 100 GHz, and the submillimeter wave frequency spectrum offers the possibility for narrow-beam, high-resolution antennas which are critical for high definition radars required for space debris tracking, airport ground avoidance radars, and missile tracking. In addition, the frequency which most atmospheric constituents may be detected lie in this part of the frequency spectrum. Therefore, the development of electronic components for millimeter/submillimeter wave passive sensors is required for environmental monitoring of the Earth's atmosphere. Typical microwave transmission lines such as microstrip and coplanar waveguide rely on two or more electrical conductors to concentrate and guide the electromagnetic energy. Unfortunately, the surface resistance of the conductors increases as the square root of frequency. In addition, the circuit dimensions must be decreased with increasing frequency to maintain a single mode transmission line which further increases the conductor loss. An alternative family of transmission lines are formed from two or more insulating materials and rely on the differences in the permittivities between the two materials to guide the wave. No metal conductors are required although some dielectric waveguides do utilize a metallic ground plane to facilitate the interconnections of active electrical elements or to reduce the transmission line size. Examples of such transmission lines are image guides, insulated image guides, trapped image guides, ridge guide, and layered ridge dielectric waveguide (LRDW). Although most dielectric waveguides have dimensions on the order of lambda to provide sufficient field confinement, the LRDW has been shown to provide good field confinement for electrically small lines. This offers an advantage in circuit integration. It has been shown that a periodic array of metallic strips placed either along or on top of a dielectric waveguide forms an effective radiator. This antenna is

  13. Coupled equations of electromagnetic waves in nonlinear metamaterial waveguides. (United States)

    Azari, Mina; Hatami, Mohsen; Meygoli, Vahid; Yousefi, Elham


    Over the past decades, scientists have presented ways to manipulate the macroscopic properties of a material at levels unachieved before, and called them metamaterials. This research can be considered an important step forward in electromagnetics and optics. In this study, higher-order nonlinear coupled equations in a special kind of metamaterial waveguides (a planar waveguide with metamaterial core) will be derived from both electric and magnetic components of the transverse electric mode of electromagnetic pulse propagation. On the other hand, achieving the refractive index in this research is worthwhile. It is also shown that the coupled equations are not symmetric with respect to the electric and magnetic fields, unlike these kinds of equations in fiber optics and dielectric waveguides. Simulations on the propagation of a fundamental soliton pulse in a nonlinear metamaterial waveguide near the resonance frequency (a little lower than the magnetic resonant frequency) are performed to study its behavior. These pulses are recommended to practice in optical communications in controlled switching by external voltage, even in low power.

  14. A hybrid plasmonic waveguide terahertz quantum cascade laser (United States)

    Degl'Innocenti, Riccardo; Shah, Yash D.; Wallis, Robert; Klimont, Adam; Ren, Yuan; Jessop, David S.; Beere, Harvey E.; Ritchie, David A.


    We present the realization of a quantum cascade laser emitting at around 2.85 THz, based on a hybrid plasmonic waveguide with a low refractive index dielectric cladding. This hybrid waveguide design allows the performance of a double-metal waveguide to be retained, while improving the emission far-field. A set of lasers based on the same active region material were fabricated with different metal layer thicknesses. A detailed characterization of the performance of these lasers revealed that there is an optimal trade-off that yields the best far-field emission and the maximum temperature of operation. By exploiting the pure plasmonic mode of these waveguides, the standard operation conditions of a double-metal quantum cascade laser were retrieved, such that the maximum operating temperature of these devices is not affected by the process. These results pave the way to realizing a class of integrated devices working in the terahertz range which could be further exploited to fabricate terahertz on-chip circuitry.

  15. Comparative Analysis of Guided Modal Properties of Double-Positive and Double-Negative Metamaterial Slab Waveguides

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    K. Y. Kim


    Full Text Available The guided modal properties of double-positive and double-negative metamaterial slab waveguides are numerically analyzed and compared when varying the dielectric and magnetic constants. As the cutoff frequencies of both slab waveguides remained unchanged when the absolute value of the refractive index was kept invariant, this enabled an effective comparison of the respective guided modes. Thus, the guided mode dispersion characteristics of the double-positive and double-negative slab waveguides were analyzed and compared, including several higher order modes. As a result, this comparative analysis provides greater physical insights and a better understanding of the guided modal characteristics of double-negative metamaterial slab waveguides.

  16. Active and Passive Devices in Ion-Exchanged Glass Waveguides (United States)

    Roman, Jose Eduardo

    The design, fabrication, and characterization of active and passive devices in ion-exchanged glass waveguides is described. The ion-exchanged devices demonstrated include the first distributed Bragg reflector laser, the first photowritten beam deflector, and a waveguide grating filter for pulse compression and dispersion compensation. The laser was fabricated in neodymium-doped, soda -lime, silicate glass using silver ion exchange. A surface -relief Bragg reflector was produced and served as one of the end mirrors. The use of a Bragg grating as one of the cavity mirrors narrowed the emission linewidth of the laser from 2000 GHz to less than 35 MHz, allowing single -longitudinal mode operation at 1054 nm. Except for the optical fiber-based devices, this is the first single-frequency integrated glass waveguide laser. This laser is compatible with optical fibers and could represent an alternative to semiconductor laser diodes as an integrated narrowband source for optical communications. The photowritten beam deflector was based on a new method for producing gratings in ion-exchanged glass waveguides. The glass was made photosensitive to ultraviolet light by creating a bleachable absorption band centered at 330 nm. This band was produced by irradiating the glass with gamma rays from a cobalt source. A phase grating was optically written directly into the waveguide film using the 350-nm line from an argon laser. This light bleached the absorption band and created a refractive index change through the Kramers-Kronig relationship. This novel direct-write technique could facilitate the fabrication of grating-based devices in ion-exchanged waveguides. Finally, two theoretical design methods for waveguide grating filters were investigated. The first method was based on inverse Fourier transform techniques. The second, more powerful method, uses the Gel'fand-Levitan-Marchenko (GLM) inverse scattering technique. The GLM method was used to design a waveguide grating filter for

  17. [Materiality Analysis of Health Plans Based on Stakeholder Engagement and the Issues Included at ISO 26000:2010]. (United States)

    Moyano Santiago, Miguel Angel; Rivera Lirio, Juana María


    Health plans of the Spanish autonomous communities can incorporate sustainable development criteria in its development. There have been no analysis or proposals about development and indicators. The goal is to add a contribution to help build better health plans aimed at sustainable development and help to manage economic, social and environmental impacts of health systems criteria. We used a variation of the RAND/UCLA or modified Delphi technique method. The process consisted of a bibliographical and context matters and issues related to health and social responsibility analysis based on ISO 26000: 2010. A survey by deliberately to a selection of 70 expert members of the identified stakeholders was carried out and a discussion group was held to determine the consensus on the issues addressed in the survey sample. The research was conducted in 2015. From the literature review 33 health issues included in ISO 26000:2010 were obtained. 7 survey proved relevant high consensus, 8 relevance and average consensus and 18 with less relevance and high level of dissent. The expert group excluded 4 of the 18 subjects with less consensus. 29 issues included 33 at work, divided into 7 subjects contained in the guide ISO 26000 of social responsibility, were relevant stakeholders regarding possible inclusion in health plans. Considering the direct relationship published by ISO (International Organization for Standardization) among the issues ISO 26000 and the economic, social and environmental indicators in GRI (Global Reporting Initiative) in its G4 version, a panel with monitoring indicators related to relevant issues were elaborated.

  18. Enhancing Optical Forces in InP-Based Waveguides

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    Panah, Mohammad Esmail Aryaee; Semenova, Elizaveta; Lavrinenko, Andrei


    Cantilever sensors are among the most important microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), which are usually actuated by electrostatic forces or piezoelectric elements. Although well-developed microfabrication technology has made silicon the prevailing material for MEMS, unique properties of other...... materials are overlooked in this context. Here we investigate optically induced forces exerted upon a semi-insulating InP waveguide suspended above a highly doped InP: Si substrate, in three different regimes: the epsilon-near-zero (ENZ), with excitation of surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs) and phonons...... excitation. An order of magnitude amplification of the force is observed when light is coupled to SPPs, and three orders of magnitude amplification is achieved in the phonon excitation regime. In the ENZ regime, the force is found to be repulsive and higher than that in a waveguide suspended above...

  19. Integration of quantum cascade lasers and passive waveguides

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    Montoya, Juan, E-mail:; Wang, Christine; Goyal, Anish; Creedon, Kevin; Connors, Michael; Daulton, Jeffrey; Donnelly, Joseph; Missaggia, Leo; Aleshire, Chris; Sanchez-Rubio, Antonio; Herzog, William [MIT Lincoln Laboratory, 244 Wood St, Lexington, Massachusetts 02420 (United States)


    We report on monolithic integration of active quantum cascade laser (QCL) materials with passive waveguides formed by using proton implantation. Proton implantation reduces the electron concentration in the QCL layers by creating deep levels that trap carriers. This strongly reduces the intersubband absorption and the free-carrier absorption in the gain region and surrounding layers, thus significantly reducing optical loss. We have measured loss as low as α = 0.33 cm{sup −1} in λ = 9.6 μm wavelength proton-implanted QCL material. We have also demonstrated lasing in active-passive integrated waveguides. This simple integration technique is anticipated to enable low-cost fabrication in infrared photonic integrated circuits in the mid-infrared (λ ∼ 3–16 μm)

  20. High Efficiency Quantum Well Waveguide Solar Cells and Methods for Constructing the Same (United States)

    Welser, Roger E. (Inventor); Sood, Ashok K. (Inventor)


    Photon absorption, and thus current generation, is hindered in conventional thin-film solar cell designs, including quantum well structures, by the limited path length of incident light passing vertically through the device. Optical scattering into lateral waveguide structures provides a physical mechanism to increase photocurrent generation through in-plane light trapping. However, the insertion of wells of high refractive index material with lower energy gap into the device structure often results in lower voltage operation, and hence lower photovoltaic power conversion efficiency. The voltage output of an InGaAs quantum well waveguide photovoltaic device can be increased by employing a III-V material structure with an extended wide band gap emitter heterojunction. Analysis of the light IV characteristics reveals that non-radiative recombination components of the underlying dark diode current have been reduced, exposing the limiting radiative recombination component and providing a pathway for realizing solar-electric conversion efficiency of 30% or more in single junction cells.

  1. Underwater Wireless Acousto-Optic Waveguide (UWAOW) (United States)

    Giuliano, Giovanni; Kent, Lionel W. J.; Laycock, Leslie C.


    The present study originated in the lack of research into achieving underwater total internal reflection (TIR) via the acousto-optic effect. The uniqueness of this technique exists in the fact that it is based on a high sound pressure level which induces a localised change in refractive index of seawater sufficient to achieve total internal reflection within the communication channel. Different transducer systems for generating the pressure wave have been investigated and take the form of a wave which may be either a standing wave, or a novel beamforming technique. The former is based on an array of transducers and with an acoustic mirror at the receiver in order to establish the standing wave. The alternative approach relies on the high intrinsic directionality of a novel beamformer where an annular transducer array is examined as an acoustic source. In this paper, the main characteristics of the acoustic optic waveguide will be presented. This will include both sound and light propagation in the ocean, TIR, novel beam propagation, the refractive index of water as a function of the externally applied acoustic pressure, and the acoustic technology. The modelled results, the limitations imposed by the challenging medium, and the system requirements required to obtain an Underwater Wireless Acousto-Optic Waveguide (UWAOW) will be also addressed.

  2. Environmental Impact Assessment of a School Building in Iceland Using LCA-Including the Effect of Long Distance Transport of Materials


    Nargessadat Emami; Björn Marteinsson; Jukka Heinonen


    Buildings are the key components of urban areas and society as a complex system. A life cycle assessment was applied to estimate the environmental impacts of the resources applied in the building envelope, floor slabs, and interior walls of the Vættaskóli-Engi building in Reykjavik, Iceland. The scope of this study included four modules of extraction and transportation of raw material to the manufacturing site, production of the construction materials, and transport to the buildin...

  3. Design Procedure for Compact Folded Waveguide Filters

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    Dong, Yunfeng; Johansen, Tom Keinicke; Zhurbenko, Vitaliy

    -dimensional full-wave electromagnetic simulations. The proposed structure and the fabricated folded waveguide filter are shown in Fig. 1. A network analyzer (HP8720D) was used to test the fabricated folded waveguide filter. The measurement results are shown in Fig. 2 in comparison with the simulation results......Waveguide filters are widely used in communication systems due to low losses and high power handling capabilities. One drawback of the conventional waveguide filters is their large size, especially for low-frequency and high-order realizations. It has been shown that the footprint of conventional...... waveguide resonators can be reduced to one quarter by folding the electric and magnetic fields inside the cavity (J. S. Hong, Microwave Symposium Digest, 2004, Vol. 1, pp. 213-216). This paper presents a novel systematic procedure for designing compact low-loss bandpass filters by using folded waveguide...

  4. Magnetic interaction in all silicon waveguide spherical coupler device. (United States)

    Shi, Lei; Meseguer, Francisco


    The magnetic field component of light in dielectric materials generally plays a negligible role at optical frequency values. However, it is a key component of metal based metamaterials. Here we report on the dominant role of the magnetic interaction in a dielectric spherical silicon nanocavity coupled to a silicon waveguide. The analytical method, as well as the finite difference time domain (FDTD) simulation, show a three dimensional (3D) magnetic trap effect when the magnetic like Mie resonances of the nanocavity are excited.

  5. Characterizing the attenuation of coaxial and rectangular microwave-frequency waveguides at cryogenic temperatures

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    Kurpiers, Philipp; Walter, Theodore; Magnard, Paul; Salathe, Yves; Wallraff, Andreas [ETH Zuerich, Department of Physics, Zuerich (Switzerland)


    Low-loss waveguides are required for quantum communication at distances beyond the chip-scale for any low-temperature solid-state implementation of quantum information processors. We measure and analyze the attenuation constant of commercially available microwave-frequency waveguides down to millikelvin temperatures and single photon levels. More specifically, we characterize the frequency-dependent loss of a range of coaxial and rectangular microwave waveguides down to 0.005 dB/m using a resonant-cavity technique. We study the loss tangent and relative permittivity of commonly used dielectric waveguide materials by measurements of the internal quality factors and their comparison with established loss models. The results of our characterization are relevant for accurately predicting the signal levels at the input of cryogenic devices, for reducing the loss in any detection chain, and for estimating the heat load induced by signal dissipation in cryogenic systems. (orig.)

  6. New design of a beam-steering thermooptic multimode polymer waveguide switch (United States)

    Ma, C.; van Keuren, E.


    We present simulations of a Y-branch directional coupler activated using the thermooptic effect in a multimode polymer waveguide. Microheaters embedded beneath both sides of the waveguide at the Y-branch are used to generate an inhomogeneous temperature profile. Through the thermooptic effect, this temperature profile creates a refractive index profile in the channel waveguide material, which steers the beam to one of the two output branches. We determined the expected thermal profiles using finite element modeling (FEM). The transmission of a basic mode through the waveguide was then simulated using the beam propagation method (BPM). The results show that a high contrast ratio (>90%) can be achieved in response times on the order of 1 ms.

  7. Submicron optical waveguides and microring resonators fabricated by selective oxidation of tantalum. (United States)

    Rabiei, Payam; Ma, Jichi; Khan, Saeed; Chiles, Jeff; Fathpour, Sasan


    Submicron tantalum pentoxide ridge and channel optical waveguides and microring resonators are demonstrated on silicon substrates by selective oxidation of the refractory metal, tantalum. The novel method eliminates the surface roughness problem normally introduced during dry etching of waveguide sidewalls and also simplifies fabrication of directional couplers. It is shown that the measured propagation loss is independent of the waveguide structure and thereby limited by the material loss of tantalum pentoxide in waveguides core regions. The achieved microring resonators have cross-sectional dimensions of ~600 nm × ~500 nm, diameters as small as 80 µm with a quality, Q, factor of 4.5 × 10(4), and a finesse of 120.

  8. Direct laser written polymer waveguides with out of plane couplers for optical chips

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    Alexander Landowski


    Full Text Available Optical technologies call for waveguide networks featuring high integration densities, low losses, and simple operation. Here, we present polymer waveguides fabricated from a negative tone photoresist via two-photon-lithography in direct laser writing, and show a detailed parameter study of their performance. Specifically, we produce waveguides featuring bend radii down to 40 μm, insertion losses of the order of 10  dB, and loss coefficients smaller than 0.81 dB mm−1, facilitating high integration densities in writing fields of 300 μm×300 μm. A novel three-dimensional coupler design allows for coupling control as well as direct observation of outputs in a single field of view through a microscope objective. Finally, we present beam-splitting devices to construct larger optical networks, and we show that the waveguide material is compatible with the integration of quantum emitters.

  9. The production of optical waveguides by ion implantation: the case of rutile

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    Rickards, J.; Trejo L, R.; Flores R, E.; Golzarri, J. I.; Espinosa, G., E-mail: rickards@fisica.unam.m [UNAM, Instituto de Fisica, Apdo. Postal 20-364, 01000 Mexico D. F. (Mexico)


    With the purpose of developing optoelectronic devices, optical waveguides have been produced by ion implantation in many solids. The implantation process creates a damaged layer near the end of the ion trajectories, with a consequent reduction of density and index of refraction. This produces an optical barrier at a depth of a few microns, depending on the type of ion and its energy. The barrier and the surface constitute a planar waveguide. Rutile (TiO{sub 2} tetragonal structure) single crystals were implanted with 7 MeV carbon ions using the Physics Institute 3 MV Pelletron Accelerator, in the (100) and (001) directions, and Poly Allyl Diglycol Carbonate (P ADC) as detection material. The waveguides were observed using the coupled prism technique, which indicated differences in the waveguides produced for different directions due to crystal anisotropy. (Author)

  10. Polarisation-insensitive strip-loaded waveguide for electro-optic modulators and switches (United States)

    Sun, Jie; Chen, Changming; Gao, Lei; Sun, Xiaoqiang; Gao, Weinan; Ma, Chunsheng; Zhang, Daming


    A polarisation-insensitive electro-optic (EO) waveguide consisting of a dye-doped TiO2/SiO2 slab and a SU-8 strip-loaded rib is designed and fabricated. By optimizing the refractive index and size of waveguide, a trade-off between polarisation-insensitive condition and large EO efficiency (optical field interaction with the EO material) is obtained. The average transmission loss of the waveguide is less than 2.0 dB/cm. A Mach-Zehnder (M-Z) interferometer intensity modulator based on this waveguide with excellent poling stability is fabricated and measured, exhibiting 7 V half-wave voltage with 1.8 cm EO interaction length and 2.7 cm total length. This strip-loaded structure is proved to be a valuable application in EO modulators and switches.

  11. Metal-clad waveguide sensors

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    Skivesen, Nina

    This work concerns planar optical waveguide sensors for biosensing applications, with the focus on deep-probe sensing for micron-scale biological objects like bacteria and whole cells. In the last two decades planar metal-clad waveguides have been brieflyintroduced in the literature applied...... for various biosensing applications, however a thorough study of the sensor configurations has not been presented, but is the main subject of this thesis. Optical sensors are generally well suited for bio-sensing asthey show high sensitivity and give an immediate response for minute changes in the refractive...... index of a sample, due to the high sensitivity of optical bio-sensors detection of non-labeled biological objects can be performed. The majority of opticalsensors presented in the literature and commercially available optical sensors are based on evanescent wave sensing, however most of these sensors...

  12. Effects of rare-earth doping on femtosecond laser waveguide writing in zinc polyphosphate glass

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    Fletcher, Luke B.; Witcher, Jon J.; Troy, Neil; Krol, Denise M. [Department of Applied Science, University of California Davis, Davis, California 95616 (United States); Reis, Signo T.; Brow, Richard K. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, Missouri 65409 (United States)


    We have investigated waveguide writing in Er-Yb doped zinc polyphosphate glass using a femtosecond laser with a repetition rate of 1 KHz. We find that fabrication of good waveguides requires a glass composition with an O/P ratio of 3.25. The dependence on laser writing parameters including laser fluence, focusing conditions, and scan speed is reported. Waveguide properties together with absorption and emission data indicate that these glasses can be used for the fabrication of compact, high gain amplifying devices.

  13. Effects of rare-earth doping on femtosecond laser waveguide writing in zinc polyphosphate glass (United States)

    Fletcher, Luke B.; Witcher, Jon J.; Troy, Neil; Reis, Signo T.; Brow, Richard K.; Krol, Denise M.


    We have investigated waveguide writing in Er-Yb doped zinc polyphosphate glass using a femtosecond laser with a repetition rate of 1 KHz. We find that fabrication of good waveguides requires a glass composition with an O/P ratio of 3.25. The dependence on laser writing parameters including laser fluence, focusing conditions, and scan speed is reported. Waveguide properties together with absorption and emission data indicate that these glasses can be used for the fabrication of compact, high gain amplifying devices.

  14. CLIC Waveguide Damped Accelerating Structure Studies

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    Dehler, M; Wuensch, Walter


    Studies of waveguide damped 30 GHz accelerating structures for multibunching in CLIC are described. Frequency discriminated damping using waveguides with a lowest cutoff frequency above the fundamental but below the higher order modes was considered. The wakefield behavior was investigated using time domain MAFIA computations over up to 20 cells and for frequencies up to 150 GHz. A configuration consisting of four T-cross-sectioned waveguides per cell reduces the transverse wake below 1% at typical CLIC bunch spacings.

  15. Reverse-symmetry waveguides: Theory and fabrication

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    Horvath, R.; Lindvold, Lars René; Larsen, N.B.


    We present an extensive theoretical analysis of reverse-symmetry waveguides with special focus on their potential application as sensor components in aqueous media and demonstrate a novel method for fabrication of such waveguides. The principle of reverse symmetry is based on making the refractiv...... has the advantage of deeper penetration of the evanescent electromagnetic field into the cover medium, theoretically permitting higher sensitivity to analytes compared to traditional waveguide designs. We present calculated sensitivities and probing depths of conventional and reverse...

  16. Fabrication Of Fiber-Optic Waveguide Coupler (United States)

    Goss, Willis; Nelson, Mark D.; Mclauchlan, John M.


    Technique for making four-port, single-mode fiber-optic waveguide couplers requires no critically-precise fabrication operations or open-loop processes. Waveguide couplers analogous to beam-splitter prisms. Essential in many applications that require coherent separation or combination of two waves; for example, for interferometric purposes. Components of optical waveguide coupler held by paraffin on microscope slide while remaining cladding of two optical fibers fused together by arc welding.

  17. Improved optical planar waveguides for lasers Project (United States)

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Demonstrate efficacy of a novel growth technique for planar waveguides (PWG) Enable PWG laser technology with improved performance, efficiency and manufacturability....

  18. International co-operative programme on effects on materials, including historic and cultural monuments. Environmental data report - September 1993 to August 1994

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    Henriksen, J.F.; Arnesen, K.; Rode, A.


    The International Co-operative Programme on Effects on Materials, including Historic and Cultural Monuments has an extensive programme on material exposure in well defined environments. This report includes the environmental data from the seventh exposure year of temperature, relative humidity, time of wetness, sunshine hours, concentrations of SO{sub 2}, NO{sub 2}, O{sub 3}, and precipitation amount and quality. The yearly results from the previous years are also reported, and the data has been evaluated in respect to internal consistency. 6 refs., 4 figs., 2 tabs.

  19. Guide for Operational Configuration Management Program including the adjunct programs of design reconstitution and material condition and aging management. Part 2

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    This standard presents program criteria and implementation guidance for an operational configuration management program for DOE nuclear and non-nuclear facilities. This Part 2 includes chapters on implementation guidance for operational configuration management, implementation guidance for design reconstitution, and implementation guidance for material condition and aging management. Appendices are included on design control, examples of design information, conduct of walkdowns, and content of design information summaries.

  20. Polymer Design and Processing for Liquid-Core waveguides

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    Sagar, Kaushal Shashikant

    precursor material. Upon attaining thermodynamically stable gyroid phase segregation, nanoporosity is induced by chemically removing PDMS, the so-called sacrificial block. The isotropic nanoporosity in the polymer is utilized in fabricating a novel type of waveguides for opto-fluidic applications, which we...... call solid-liquid core waveguides, shortly SLCW. The high refractive index core of a SLCW consists of nanoporous polymer (solid) rendered hydrophilic and filled with water (liquid), while the low refractive index cladding consists of air-filled hydrophobic nanoporous polymer. Under conditions of total...... internal reflection, light is confined within the solid-liquid core. Controlled regions of the originally hydrophobic nanoporous 1,2-PB are rendered hydrophilic by photochemical modification of the polymer in the presence of photolithographic masks. In contact with water the hydrophilic regions...

  1. An 8-Channel Wavelength MMI Demultiplexer in Slot Waveguide Structures. (United States)

    Ben Zaken, Bar Baruch; Zanzury, Tal; Malka, Dror


    We propose a novel 8-channel wavelength multimode interference (MMI) demultiplexer in slot waveguide structures that operate at 1530 nm, 1535 nm, 1540 nm, 1545 nm, 1550 nm, 1555 nm, 1560 nm, and 1565 nm. Gallium nitride (GaN) surrounded by silicon (Si) was found to be a suitable material for the slot-waveguide structures. The proposed device was designed by seven 1 × 2 MMI couplers, fourteen S-bands, and one input taper. Numerical investigations were carried out on the geometrical parameters using a full vectorial-beam propagation method (FV-BPM). Simulation results show that the proposed device can transmit 8-channel that works in the whole C-band (1530-1565 nm) with low crosstalk (-19.97--13.77 dB) and bandwidth (1.8-3.6 nm). Thus, the device can be very useful in optical networking systems that work on dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) technology.

  2. Distributed meandering waveguides (DMWs) for novel photonic circuits (Conference Presentation) (United States)

    Dag, Ceren B.; Anil, Mehmet Ali; Serpengüzel, Ali


    Meandering waveguide distributed feedback structures are novel integrated photonic lightwave and microwave circuit elements. Meandering waveguide distributed feedback structures with a variety of spectral responses can be designed for a variety of lightwave and microwave circuit element functions. Distributed meandering waveguide (DMW) structures [1] show a variety of spectral behaviors with respect to the number of meandering loop mirrors (MLMs) [2] used in their composition as well as their internal coupling constants (Cs). DMW spectral behaviors include Fano resonances, coupled resonator induced transparency (CRIT), notch, add-drop, comb, and hitless filters. What makes the DMW special is the self-coupling property intrinsic to the DMW's nature. The basic example of DMW's nature is motivated through the analogy between the so-called symmetric meandering resonator (SMR), which consists of two coupled MLMs, and the resonator enhanced Mach-Zehnder interferometer (REMZI) [3]. A SMR shows the same spectral characteristics of Fano resonances with its self-coupling property, similar to the single, distributed and binary self coupled optical waveguide (SCOW) resonators [4]. So far DMWs have been studied for their electric field intensity, phase [5] and phasor responses [6]. The spectral analysis is performed using the coupled electric field analysis and the generalization of single meandering loop mirrors to multiple meandering distributed feedback structures is performed with the transfer matrix method. The building block of the meandering waveguide structures, the meandering loop mirror (MLM), is the integrated analogue of the fiber optic loop mirrors. The meandering resonator (MR) is composed of two uncoupled MLM's. The meandering distributed feedback (MDFB) structure is the DFB of the MLM. The symmetric MR (SMR) is composed of two coupled MLM's, and has the characteristics of a Fano resonator in the general case, and tunable power divider or tunable hitless filter

  3. Preparation and certification of the Polish reference material Virginia Tobacco Leaves (CTA-VTL-2) for inorganic trace analysis including microanalysis

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    Dybczynski, R.; Polkowska-Motrenko, H.; Samczynski, Z.; Szopa, Z.


    A new Polish certified reference material Virginia Tobacco Leaves (CTA-VTL-2) for inorganic trace analysis including microanalysis has been prepared. Certification of the candidate reference material was based on the world-wide interlaboratory comparison in which 60 laboratories from 18 countries, participated using various analytical methods and techniques. Data evaluation performed by means of the new multifunctional software package -SSQC. Recommended values were assigned for 33 and `information` values for 10 elements, respectively. The validity of `certified` values was confirmed for several elements using `very accurate` methods developed in this Laboratory. (author). 47 refs, 28 figs, 12 tabs.

  4. Night time cooling by ventilation or night sky radiation combined with in-room radiant cooling panels including phase change materials

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    Bourdakis, Eleftherios; Olesen, Bjarne W.; Grossule, Fabio

    constructed at the Technical University of Denmark, where the outside PVT panels are connected through a storage tank to in-room radiant ceiling panels. The radiant ceiling panels include phase change material (PCM) and embedded pipes for circulating water. Due to the phase change material it is possible...... through the night sky radiative cooling differed significantly. The possibility of night time ventilation was studied through simulations for three different latitudes. It was concluded that for Danish climatic conditions night time ventilation would also be able to regenerate the panels while its...

  5. Quantum Electrodynamics in Photonic Crystal Waveguides

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    Nielsen, Henri Thyrrestrup

    in the local density of states (LDOS) in PhC waveguides. From decay rate measurements on quantum dot lines temperature tuned in the vicinity of the waveguide band edge, a β-factor for a single quantum dot of more then 85% has been extracted. Finite difference time domain simulations (FDTD) for disordered Ph...

  6. Topology optimization of two-dimensional waveguides

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    Jensen, Jakob Søndergaard; Sigmund, Ole


    In this work we use the method of topology optimization to design two-dimensional waveguides with low transmission loss.......In this work we use the method of topology optimization to design two-dimensional waveguides with low transmission loss....

  7. Bends and splitters in graphene nanoribbon waveguides

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    Zhu, Xiaolong; Yan, Wei; Mortensen, N. Asger


    We investigate the performance of bends and splitters in graphene nanoribbon waveguides. Although the graphene waveguides are lossy themselves, we show that bends and splitters do not induce any additional loss provided that the nanoribbon width is sub-wavelength. We use transmission line theory...

  8. Antenna arrays: waveguide layout designing automation


    Anamova, R. R.


    Waveguide layout designing automation in the large-sized phased antenna arrays is studied. A new methodology of the automation and algorithms based on the flexible connection routing method are suggested. Results are realized in the software module WDS (Waveguide Design Solution) based on SolidWorks system. This module gives an opportunity to decrease design and engineering time and costs.

  9. A hybrid semiconductor-glass waveguide laser

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    Fan, Youwen; Oldenbeuving, Ruud; Klein, E.J.; Lee, Christopher James; Song, H.; Khan, M.R.H.; Offerhaus, Herman L.; van der Slot, Petrus J.M.; Boller, Klaus J.; Mackenzie, J.I.; Jelinkova, H.; Taira, T.; Ahmed, M.A.


    abstract .We report on a novel type of laser in which a semiconductor optical amplifier (SOA) receives frequency-selective feedback from a glass-waveguide circuit. The laser we present here is based on InP for operation in the 1.55 μm wavelength range. The Si3N4/SiO2 glass waveguide circuit

  10. A hybrid semiconductor-glass waveguide laser

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    Fan, Y.; Oldenbeuving, R.M.; Klein, E.J.; Lee, C.J.; Song, H.; Khan, M.R.H.; Offerhaus, H.L.; Van der Slot, P.J.M.; Boller, K.J.


    We report on a novel type of laser in which a semiconductor optical amplifier (SOA) receives frequency-selective feedback from a glass-waveguide circuit. The laser we present here is based on InP for operation in the 1.55 µm wavelength range. The Si3N4/SiO2 glass waveguide circuit comprises two

  11. Silicon waveguides produced by wafer bonding

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    Poulsen, Mette; Jensen, Flemming; Bunk, Oliver


    X-ray waveguides are successfully produced employing standard silicon technology of UV photolithography and wafer bonding. Contrary to theoretical expectations for similar systems even 100 mu m broad guides of less than 80 nm height do not collapse and can be used as one dimensional waveguides...

  12. Photonic crystal waveguides in artificial opals

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    Lavrinenko, Andrei; Kiyan, Roman; Neumeister, Andrei


    3D photonic crystals based on Si inverted-opals are numerically explored as hosts for effective air-channel waveguides, which can serve as parts of photonic circuits. Two basic shapes of straight waveguides are considered: cylindrical and a chain of spheres. Modelling shows that transmission is h...

  13. Sapphire and other dielectric waveguide devices

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    Pollnau, Markus


    Different fabrication methods have been explored successfully and surface and buried channel waveguide lasers have been demonstrated in Ti:sapphire for the first time. Since the propagation losses of these first-generation waveguides are still rather high, substantial improvement is required in

  14. Infrared nanoantenna couplers for plasmonic slot waveguide

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    Andryieuski, Andrei; Malureanu, Radu; Lavrinenko, Andrei

    A slot plasmonic waveguide is promising solution as a replacement of electrical interconnects in the future optical integrated circuits. In this contribution we consider a set of compact solutions for coupling the infrared light from free space to the plasmonic slot waveguide. We systematically...

  15. Discontinuities during UV writing of waveguides

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    Svalgaard, Mikael; Harpøth, Anders; Andersen, Marc


    UV writing of waveguides can be hampered by discontinuities where the index change process suddenly shuts down. We show that thermal effects may account for this behaviour.......UV writing of waveguides can be hampered by discontinuities where the index change process suddenly shuts down. We show that thermal effects may account for this behaviour....

  16. Optical waveguides fabricated in Cr:LiSAF by femtosecond laser micromachining (United States)

    Biasetti, Demian A.; Di Liscia, Emiliano J.; Torchia, Gustavo A.


    In this work we present the fabrication of double-track type II waveguides written in 1% doped Cr:LiSrAlF6 (Cr:LiSAF) crystal by femtosecond laser micromachining. We studied waveguides fabricated at energies from 1 to 7 μJ per pulse at writing speeds of 15-45 μm/s. We found good wave-guiding performance for both, Transversal Magnetic (TM) and Transversal Electric (TE) polarization modes as well as acceptable losses according to the expected values addressed to technological applications. Also, we performed a high-resolution μ-luminescence waveguide cross-section mapping between the tracks, in order to identify possible spectral changes caused for active ions Cr3+ corresponding to the 4T2 →4A2 vibronic transition in the focal volume zone, due to induced anisotropic graded stress. Finally, their lifetimes were measured for bulk as well as for waveguide trapped ions. We found that for the range of parameters of ultra-short micromachining used, the Cr3+ ions embedded in the waveguides remained spectroscopically unchanged compared with those observed in bulk material.

  17. Thiol-Ene Based Polymer Waveguides Fabricated By Uv-Assisted Soft Lithography For Optofluidic Applications

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    Zhuang, Guisheng; Jensen, Thomas Glasdam; Kutter, Jörg Peter


    In this paper, a thiol-ene based polymer waveguide, defined by UV-assisted soft lithography, is designed, fabricated and characterized. Waveguides are formed by filling microfluidic channels with a high refractive index liquid mixture of ‘thiol’ and ‘ene’ monomers (e.g., trimethylolpropane tris(3...... thiol-ene based polymers as waveguide core materials for potential optofluidic applications.......In this paper, a thiol-ene based polymer waveguide, defined by UV-assisted soft lithography, is designed, fabricated and characterized. Waveguides are formed by filling microfluidic channels with a high refractive index liquid mixture of ‘thiol’ and ‘ene’ monomers (e.g., trimethylolpropane tris(3......-mercaptopropionate) = ‘thiol’, and 1,3,5-triallyl-1,3,5-triazine-2,4,6(1H,3H,5H)-trione = ‘ene’), which can be cured by UV exposure into a solid polymer. The waveguides demonstrated good confinement of light, and a propagation loss of 0.5 dB/cm was obtained. To our best knowledge, this is the first report to employ...

  18. Theoretical study of loss compensation in long-range dielectric loaded surface plasmon polariton waveguides

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    García Blanco, Sonia Maria; Pollnau, Markus; Bozhevolnyi, Sergey I.

    In this paper, a theoretical study of loss compensation in long-range dielectric loaded surface plasmon waveguides (LR-DLSPPs) is presented. Although extendable to other gain materials, rare-earth doped double tungstates are used as gain material in this work. Two different structures are studied

  19. Systematic Design of Slow Light Waveguides

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    Wang, Fengwen

    Light can propagate much slower in photonic crystal waveguides and plasmonic waveguides than in vacuum. Slow light propagation in waveguides shows broad prospects in the terabit communication systems. However, it causes severe signal distortions and displays large propagation loss. Moreover......, an optimization formulation is presented to tailor the slope of the dispersion curve. The design robustness is enforced by considering different manufacturing realizations in the optimization procedure. Both free- and fixed-topology (circular-hole based) slow light photonic crystal waveguides are obtained using...... two different parameterizations. Detailed comparisons show that the bandwidth of slow light propagation can be significantly enhanced by allowing irregular geometries in the waveguides. To mitigate the propagation loss due to scattering in the photonic crystal waveg- uides, an optimization problem...

  20. Hybrid grapheme plasmonic waveguide modulators (United States)

    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.


    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.

  1. Photonic waveguides theory and applications

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    Boudrioua, Azzedine


    This book presents the principles of non-linear integrated optics. The first objective is to provide the reader with a thorough understanding of integrated optics so that they may be able to develop the theoretical and experimental tools to study and control the linear and non-linear optical properties of waveguides.The potential use of these structures can then be determined in order to realize integrated optical components for light modulation and generation. The theoretical models are accompanied by experimental tools and their setting in order to characterize the studied phenomenon. Th

  2. Simulation of piezoelectric excitation of guided waves using waveguide finite elements. (United States)

    Loveday, Philip W


    A numerical method for computing the time response of infinite constant cross-section elastic waveguides excited by piezoelectric transducers was developed. The method combined waveguide finite elements (semi-analytical finite elements) for modeling the waveguide with conventional 3-D piezoelectric finite elements for modeling the transducer. The frequency response of the coupled system was computed and then used to simulate the time response to tone-burst electrical excitation. A technique for identifying and separating the propagating modes was devised, which enabled the computation of the response of a selected reduced number of modes. The method was applied to a rail excited by a piezoelectric patch transducer, and excellent agreement with measured responses was obtained. It was found that it is necessary to include damping in the waveguide model if the response near a "cut-on" frequency is to be simulated in the near-field.

  3. Giant Transverse Optical Forces in Nanoscale Slot Waveguides of Hyperbolic Metamaterials

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    He, Yingran; Gao, Jie; Yang, Xiaodong


    Here we demonstrate that giant transverse optical forces can be generated in nanoscale slot waveguides of hyperbolic metamaterials, with more than two orders of magnitude stronger compared to the force created in conventional silicon slot waveguides, due to the nanoscale optical field enhancement and the extreme optical energy compression within the air slot region. Both numerical simulation and analytical treatment are carried out to study the dependence of the optical forces on the waveguide geometries and the metamaterial permittivity tensors, including the attractive optical forces for the symmetric modes and the repulsive optical forces for the anti-symmetric modes. The significantly enhanced transverse optical forces result from the strong optical mode coupling strength between two metamaterial waveguides, which can be explained with an explicit relation derived from the coupled mode theory. Moreover, the calculation on realistic metal-dielectric multilayer structures indicates that the predicted giant ...

  4. Optical waveguides in Er:LiNbO3 fabricated by different techniques - A comparison (United States)

    Cajzl, Jakub; Nekvindová, Pavla; Macková, Anna; Malinský, Petr; Oswald, Jiří; Staněk, Stanislav; Vytykáčová, Soňa; Špirková, Jarmila


    We report on the comparison of three techniques used for the fabrication of optical waveguides in erbium doped lithium niobate crystal substrates (Er:LiNbO3). The techniques include ion in-diffusion from a titanium metal layer, annealed proton exchange (APE), and He+ ion implantation. The main focus of the work was placed on the investigation of the influence of the used optical waveguides fabrication techniques on the structural and luminescence properties of Er:LiNbO3 substrates. The results have shown that none of the used optical-waveguide-fabrication techniques significantly affect the position of erbium in the host crystal structure. It turned out, however, that the fabrication process affected luminescence intensities of the characteristic luminescence bands of erbium ions - the most significant decrease in the luminescence intensity was observed in the Ti-indiffused waveguides.

  5. Ultrafast Laser Fabrication of Bragg Waveguides in GLS Chalcogenide Glass

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    McMillen Ben


    Full Text Available We present work on the fabrication of Bragg waveguides in gallium-lanthanum-sulfide chalcogenide glass using an ultrafast laser. Waveguides were written with a single pass while modulating the writing beam. The spatial and temporal profile of the writing beam was ontrolled during waveguide fabrication in order to control the shape and size of the waveguide cross-section.

  6. Waveguiding Light into Silicon Oxycarbide

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    Faisal Ahmed Memon


    Full Text Available In this work, we demonstrate the fabrication of single mode optical waveguides in silicon oxycarbide (SiOC with a high refractive index n = 1.578 on silica (SiO2, exhibiting an index contrast of Δn = 8.2%. Silicon oxycarbide layers were deposited by reactive RF magnetron sputtering of a SiC target in a controlled process of argon and oxygen gases. The optical properties of SiOC film were measured with spectroscopic ellipsometry in the near-infrared range and the acquired refractive indices of the film exhibit anisotropy on the order of 10−2. The structure of the SiOC films is investigated with atomic force microscopy (AFM and scanning electron microscopy (SEM. The channel waveguides in SiOC are buried in SiO2 (n = 1.444 and defined with UV photolithography and reactive ion etching techniques. Propagation losses of about 4 dB/cm for both TE and TM polarizations at telecommunication wavelength 1550 nm are estimated with cut-back technique. Results indicate the potential of silicon oxycarbide for guided wave applications.

  7. Estimation of time delay and wavelength shift for highly nonlinear multilayer waveguide by using time transformation approach (United States)

    Chatterjee, Roshmi; Basu, Mousumi


    The well known time transformation method is used here to derive the temporal and spectral electric field distribution at the output end of a multilayer waveguide which consists of different layers of Kerr nonlinear media. A highly nonlinear CS 3-68 glass is considered as one of the materials of the waveguide which mainly comprises of different chalcogenide glass layers. The results indicate that there is sufficient time delay as well as frequency shift between the input and output pulses which is associated with the phenomenon of adiabatic wavelength conversion (AWC). Depending on different arrangements of materials, the time delay and frequency shift can be changed. As a result an input pulse in visible green region can be blue-shifted or red-shifted according to the choices of refractive index of the non-dispersive Kerr nonlinear media. The results show that under certain conditions the input pulse is broadened or compressed for different combinations of materials. This process of AWC also includes the variation of temporal and spectral phase, time delay, temporal peak power etc. For different input pulse shapes the change in time delay is also presented. The study may be useful to find applications of AWC in optical resonators or optical signal processing to be applicable to different photonic devices.

  8. Hybrid electro-optic polymer modulator compatible to silicon photonic waveguide (Conference Presentation) (United States)

    Yokoyama, Shiyoshi


    Electro-optic (EO) polymers are the promising material of choice for the waveguide modulation application due to their high EO coefficient, optical transparency, low dielectric loss, and compatibility with many materials and substrates. This widespread compatibility enables the construction of the unique hybrid polymer device to the silicon waveguide. One of the successful demonstrations in recent progress is the hybrid silicon modulator to the EO polymer. The hybrid silicon and polymer modulators have already demonstrated a very low half-wave voltage and multi-GHz bandwidth response. While, the fabrication is quite elaborate, involving the high-resolution lithography, controlled etching, and ion implantation process. In order to simplify the hybrid silicon and EO polymer modulator, we apply the conventional photolithography technique. The waveguide consists of silicon core with a thickness of 30 nm and a width of 2 μm, and the cladding is the polymer. In such a thin silicon core, the side-wall scattering can be significantly reduced, thus the measured propagation loss of the waveguide is 1.5 dB/cm. The optical mode calculation reveals that 55% of the optical field extends into the polymer cladding. The hybrid phase modulator waveguide performed the half-wave voltage of the modulator to be 4.6 V at 1550 nm and excellent temperature stability at 85C for longer than 500 hours. We also investigate a mode converter which can couple the light from the hybrid polymer waveguide to the silicon strip waveguide. The coupling loss between two devices is measured to be 0.5 dB.

  9. Wave Propagation in Lossy and Superconducting Circular Waveguides

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    K. H. Yeap


    Full Text Available We present an accurate approach to compute the attenuation of waves, propagating in circular waveguides with lossy and superconducting walls. A set of transcendental equation is developed by matching the fields at the surface of the wall with the electrical properties of the wall material. The propagation constant kz is found by numerically solving for the root of the equation. The complex conductivity of the superconductor is obtained from the Mattis-Bardeen equations. We have compared the loss of TE11 mode computed using our technique with that using the perturbation and Stratton’s methods. The results from the three methods agree very well at a reasonable range of frequencies above the cutoff. The curves, however, deviate below cutoff and at millimeter wave frequencies. We attribute the discrepancies to the dispersive effect and the presence of the longitudinal fields in a lossy waveguide. At frequencies below the gap, the superconducting waveguide exhibits lossless transmission behavior. Above the gap frequency, Cooper-pair breaking becomes dominant and the loss increases significantly.

  10. Manufacturing of polymer optical waveguides using self-assembly effect on pre-conditioned 3D-thermoformed flexible substrates (United States)

    Hoffmann, Gerd-Albert; Wolfer, Tim; Zeitler, Jochen; Franke, Jörg; Suttmann, Oliver; Overmeyer, Ludger


    Optical data communication is increasingly interesting for many applications in industrial processes. Therefore mass production is required to meet the requested price and lot sizes. Polymer optical waveguides show great promises to comply with price requirements while providing sufficient optical quality for short range data transmission. A high efficient fabrication technology using polymer materials could be able to create the essential backbone for 3D-optical data transmission in the future. The approach for high efficient fabrication technology of micro optics described in this paper is based on a self-assembly effect of fluids on preconditioned 3D-thermoformed polymer foils. Adjusting the surface energy on certain areas on the flexible substrate by flexographic printing mechanism is presented in this paper. With this technique conditioning lines made of silicone containing UV-varnish are printed on top of the foils and create gaps with the exposed substrate material in between. Subsequent fabrication processes are selected whether the preconditioned foil is coated with acrylate containing waveguide material prior or after the thermoforming process. Due to the different surface energy this material tends to dewet from the conditioning lines. It acts like regional barriers and sets the width of the arising waveguides. With this fabrication technology it is possible to produce multiple waveguides with a single coating process. The relevant printing process parameters that affect the quality of the generated waveguides are discussed and results of the produced waveguides with width ranging from 10 to 300 μm are shown.

  11. Integration of a curved hybrid waveguide lens and photodetector array in a GaAs waveguide. (United States)

    Vu, T Q; Tsai, C S; Kao, Y C


    For the first time, we believe, the integration of a waveguide lens and a photodetector array in GaAs for operation at a 1.3-microm wavelength is reported. The waveguide lens is a newly devised curved hybrid Fresnel/Bragg chirp grating lens fabricated by the ion-million technique. Desirable performance characteristics, including high throughput efficiency, freedom from coma (up to +/-4 deg off axis), and a near-diffraction-limited focal-spot size, have been demonstrated with this curved hybrid lens. The 10-element photodetector array of the InGaAs photoconducting type shows a measured gain-bandwidth product that is higher than 1 GHz at high frequency, while at a lower frequency the gain is in the range of several thousands. The curved-hybrid-lens-photodetector array combination realized in the GaAs 5 x 13 mm(2) in size has produced a well-resolved element spacing of 10 microm with cross talk that is lower than -14 dB. This lens-photodetector array combination constitutes a basc structure for the realization of monolit ic acousto-optic and electro-optic circuits such as integrated-optic rf spectrum analyzers and multiport switches.

  12. Metamaterial Waveguide Devices for Integrated Optics (United States)

    Kanazawa, Toru; Yamasaki, Satoshi; Arai, Shigehisa


    We show the feasibility of controlling the magnetic permeability of optical semiconductor devices on InP-based photonic integration platforms. We have achieved the permeability control of GaInAsP/InP semiconductor waveguides by combining the waveguide with a metamaterial consisting of gate-controlled split ring resonators. The split-ring resonators interact magnetically with light travelling in the waveguide and move the effective relative permeability of the waveguide away from 1 at optical frequencies. The variation in permeability can be controlled with the gate voltage. Using this variable-permeability waveguide, we have built an optical modulator consisting of a GaInAsP/InP Mach–Zehnder interferometer for use at an optical communication wavelength of 1.55 μm. The device changes the permeability of its waveguide arm with controlling gate voltage, thereby varying the refractive index of the arm to modulate the intensity of light. For the study of variable-permeability waveguide devices, we also propose a method of extracting separately the permittivity and permeability values of devices from the experimental data of light transmission. Adjusting the permeability of optical semiconductors to the needs of device designers will open the promising field of ‘permeability engineering’. Permeability engineering will facilitate the manipulation of light and the management of photons, thereby contributing to the development of novel devices with sophisticated functions for photonic integration. PMID:28872621

  13. Arrays of strongly coupled atoms in a one-dimensional waveguide (United States)

    Ruostekoski, Janne; Javanainen, Juha


    We study the cooperative optical coupling between regularly spaced atoms in a one-dimensional waveguide using decompositions to subradiant and super-radiant collective excitation eigenmodes, direct numerical solutions, and analytical transfer-matrix methods. We illustrate how the spectrum of transmitted light through the waveguide, including the emergence of narrow Fano resonances, can be understood by the resonance features of the eigenmodes. We describe a method based on super-radiant and subradiant modes to engineer the optical response of the waveguide and to store light. The stopping of light is obtained by transferring an atomic excitation to a subradiant collective mode with the zero radiative resonance linewidth by controlling the level shift of an atom in the waveguide. Moreover, we obtain an exact analytic solution for the transmitted light through the waveguide for the case of a regular lattice of atoms and provide a simple description of how the light transmission may present large resonance shifts when the lattice spacing is close, but not exactly equal, to half of the wavelength of the light. Experimental imperfections such as fluctuations of the positions of the atoms and loss of light from the waveguide are easily quantified in the numerical simulations, which produce the natural result that the optical response of the atomic array tends toward the response of a gas with random atomic positions.

  14. Microfabrication with femtosecond laser processing : (A) laser ablation of ferrous alloys, (B) direct-write embedded optical waveguides and integrated optics in bulk glasses.

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    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


    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

  15. Optical planar waveguide for cell counting (United States)

    LeBlanc, John; Mueller, Andrew J.; Prinz, Adrian; Butte, Manish J.


    Low cost counting of cells has medical applications in screening, military medicine, disaster medicine, and rural healthcare. In this report, we present a shallow, buried, planar waveguide fabricated by potassium ion exchange in glass that enables low-cost and rapid counting of metal-tagged objects that lie in the evanescent field of the waveguide. Laser light transmitted through the waveguide was attenuated proportionately to the presence of metal-coated microstructures fabricated from photoresist. This technology enables the low-cost enumeration of cells from blood, urine, or other biofluids.

  16. Suppression of crosstalk in coupled plasmonic waveguides

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    Kuznetsov, E V; Zyablovsky, A A; Vinogradov, A P; Lisyansky, A A


    We demonstrate the suppression of crosstalk between two dielectric nanowaveguides by placing an auxiliary linear waveguide between loaded waveguides spaced by one wavelength. The total cross-sectional dimension of the system containing two transmission lines is less than two microns that is hundred times smaller than a cross-section of a system made of dielectric fiber. The propagating modes in these waveguides are the sum and the difference of symmetric and antisymmetric modes of the coupled system. Crosstalk is suppressed by matching the wavenumbers of these modes. The analytically obtained results are confirmed by numerical simulation.

  17. Characterizations of realized metal-insulator-silicon-insulator-metal waveguides and nanochannel fabrication via insulator removal. (United States)

    Kwon, Min-Suk; Shin, Jin-Soo; Shin, Sang-Yung; Lee, Wan-Gyu


    We investigate experimentally metal-insulator-silicon-insulator-metal (MISIM) waveguides that are fabricated by using fully standard CMOS technology. They are hybrid plasmonic waveguides, and they have a feature that their insulator is replaceable with functional material. We explain a fabrication process for them and discuss fabrication results based on 8-inch silicon-on-insulator wafers. We measured the propagation characteristics of the MISIM waveguides that were actually fabricated to be connected to Si photonic waveguides through symmetric and asymmetric couplers. When incident light from an optical source has transverse electric (TE) polarization and its wavelength is 1318 or 1554 nm, their propagation losses are between 0.2 and 0.3 dB/μm. Excess losses due to the symmetric couplers are around 0.5 dB, which are smaller than those due to the asymmetric couplers. Additional measurement results indicate that the MISIM waveguide supports a TE-polarized hybrid plasmonic mode. Finally, we explain a process of removing the insulator without affecting the remaining MISIM structure to fabricate ~30-nm-wide nanochannels which may be filled with functional material.

  18. Design and analysis of stepped impedance transformer from air filled waveguide to dielectric filled waveguide for high power microwave window applications (United States)

    Sindam, Bashaiah; Sharma, P. K.; Raju, K. C. James


    This paper describes a design to achieve good microwave power transmission from an air filled rectangular waveguide to a narrow dielectric filled waveguide using a stepped impedance transformer. A novel material Ba(Zn1/3Ta2/3)O3 (BZT) having high dielectric constant and low dielectric loss has been proposed as a microwave window. The advantages of using such dielectric resonator materials for these applications is that they make the size reduction of such microwave components possible without unleashing microwave dissipation. A high density (more than 97%) and good microwave dielectric properties are obtained for BZT samples through the solid state reaction method. The obtained dielectric parameters are used to calculate the dimensions of the narrow dielectric window section in waveguide geometry and the resulting dielectric window structure is simulated using the IMST Empire simulator. The maximum power transmission is obtained by the simulated structure with a dielectric filled waveguide window of thickness 7.4 mm at 3.7 GHz with bandwidth of 780 MHz, which corresponds to an insertion loss (S21) magnitude of 0.008 dB, and the return loss (S11) obtained at the same frequency is -43 dB. The microwave dielectric properties of the material used as well as the simulated results for the BZT based window are studied and compared with those of a conventional window.

  19. Wavelength conversion of QAM signals in a low loss CMOS compatible spiral waveguide (United States)

    Da Ros, Francesco; Porto da Silva, Edson; Zibar, Darko; Chu, Sai T.; Little, Brent E.; Morandotti, Roberto; Galili, Michael; Moss, David J.; Oxenløwe, Leif K.


    We demonstrate wavelength conversion of quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM) signals, including 32-GBd quadrature phase-shift keying and 10-GBd 16-QAM, in a 50-cm long high index doped glass spiral waveguide. The quality of the generated idlers for up to 20 nm of wavelength shift is sufficient to achieve a BER performance below the hard decision forward error correction threshold BER performance (<3.8 × 103), with an optical signal-to-noise ratio penalty of less than 0.3 dB compared to the original signal. Our results confirm that this is a promising platform for nonlinear optical signal processing, as a result of both very low linear propagation loss (<0.07 dB/cm) and a large material bandgap, which in turn ensures negligible nonlinear loss at telecom wavelengths.

  20. Wavelength conversion of QAM signals in a low loss CMOS compatible spiral waveguide

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    Francesco Da Ros


    Full Text Available We demonstrate wavelength conversion of quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM signals, including 32-GBd quadrature phase-shift keying and 10-GBd 16-QAM, in a 50-cm long high index doped glass spiral waveguide. The quality of the generated idlers for up to 20 nm of wavelength shift is sufficient to achieve a BER performance below the hard decision forward error correction threshold BER performance (<3.8 × 103, with an optical signal-to-noise ratio penalty of less than 0.3 dB compared to the original signal. Our results confirm that this is a promising platform for nonlinear optical signal processing, as a result of both very low linear propagation loss (<0.07 dB/cm and a large material bandgap, which in turn ensures negligible nonlinear loss at telecom wavelengths.

  1. Integration of carbon nanotubes in slot waveguides (Conference Presentation) (United States)

    Durán-Valdeiglesias, Elena; Zhang, Weiwei; Hoang, Thi Hong Cam; Alonso-Ramos, Carlos; Serna, Samuel; Le Roux, Xavier; Cassan, Eric; Balestrieri, Matteo; Keita, Al-Saleh; Sarti, Francesco; Biccari, Francesco; Torrini, Ughetta; Vinattieri, Anna; Yang, Hongliu; Bezugly, Viktor; Cuniberti, Gianaurelio; Filoramo, Arianna; Gurioli, Massimo; Vivien, Laurent


    Demanding applications such as video streaming, social networking, or web search relay on a large network of data centres, interconnected through optical links. The ever-growing data rates and power consumption inside these data centres are pushing copper links close to their fundamental limits. Optical interconnects are being extensively studied with the purpose of solving these limitations. Among the different possible technology platforms, silicon photonics, due to its compatibility with the CMOS platform, has become one of the preferred solutions for the development of the future generation photonic interconnects. However, the on-chip integration of all photonic and optoelectronic building blocks (sources, modulators and detectors…) is very complex and is not cost-effective due to the various materials involved (Ge for detection, doped Si for modulators and III-V for lasing). Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are nanomaterials of great interest in photonics thanks to their fundamental optical properties, including near-IR room-temperature foto- and electro- luminescence, Stark effect, Kerr effect and absorption. In consequence, CNTs have the ability to emit, modulate and detect light in the telecommunications wavelength range. Furthermore, they are being extensively developed for new nano-electronics applications. In this work, we propose to use CNTs as active material integrated into silicon photonics for the development of all optoelectronic devices. Here, we report on the development of new integration schemes to couple the light emission from CNTs into optical resonators implemented on the silicon-on-insulator and silicon-nitride-on-insulator platforms. A theoretical and experimental analysis of the light interaction of CNTs with micro-ring resonators based on strip and slot waveguides and slot photonic crystal heterostructure cavities were carried out.

  2. Slow light, open-cavity formation, and large longitudinal electric field on a slab waveguide made of indefinite permittivity metamaterials (United States)

    Lu, W. T.; Sridhar, S.


    The optical properties of slab waveguides made of indefinite permittivity (ɛ) materials (IEMs) are considered. In this medium, the real part of the transverse permittivity is negative while that of the longitudinal permittivity is positive. At any given frequency, the IEM waveguide supports an infinite number of transverse magnetic (TM) eigenmodes. For a slab waveguide with a fixed thickness, at most only one TM mode is forward wave. The remainder are backward waves which can have a very large phase index. At a critical thickness, the waveguide supports degenerate forward- and backward-wave modes with zero group velocity if loss is absent. Above the critical thickness, the waveguide supports complex-conjugate decay modes instead of propagating modes. The presence of loss in IEMs will lift the TM mode degeneracy, resulting in modes with finite group velocity. A feasible realization is proposed. The performance of the IEM waveguide is analyzed and possible applications are discussed, which are supported by numerical calculations. These slab waveguides can be used to make optical delay lines in optical buffers to slow down and trap light, to form open cavities, to generate strong longitudinal electric fields, and as phase shifters in optical integrated circuits. Although the presence of loss will hinder these applications, gain can be introduced to compensate the loss and enhance the performance.

  3. Broadband amps sport coplanar waveguide (United States)

    Browne, Jack


    The design techniques, manufacturing methods and the performance envelope of VMA 110 bandwidth amplifiers are described. The devices are produced with a combination of coplanar waveguide, slotline and twinstrip media and result in gain ripples of 0.35 dB per 10 dB of gain. The ground plane is placed above the circuit board to allow access without drilling, thereby making the amplifiers suitable for use with surface-mount components, Si MMICs and GaAs MMICs. Well-controlled electromagnetic fields permit clustering functions with no fear of electrical interaction between different circuits. The devices are designed, optimized and artwork is formatted on a personal computer using CAD programs.

  4. Waveguides having patterned, flattened modes

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    Messerly, Michael J.; Pax, Paul H.; Dawson, Jay W.


    Field-flattening strands may be added to and arbitrarily positioned within a field-flattening shell to create a waveguide that supports a patterned, flattened mode. Patterning does not alter the effective index or flattened nature of the mode, but does alter the characteristics of other modes. Compared to a telecom fiber, a hexagonal pattern of strands allows for a three-fold increase in the flattened mode's area without reducing the separation between its effective index and that of its bend-coupled mode. Hexagonal strand and shell elements prove to be a reasonable approximation, and, thus, to be of practical benefit vis-a-vis fabrication, to those of circular cross section. Patterned flattened modes offer a new and valuable path to power scaling.

  5. Photon correlations in multimode waveguides

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    Poem, Eilon; Silberberg, Yaron [Department of Physics of Complex Systems, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot 76100 (Israel)


    We consider the propagation of classical and nonclassical light in multimode optical waveguides. We focus on the evolution of the few-photon correlation functions, which, much as the light-intensity distribution in such systems, evolve in a periodic manner, culminating in the ''revival'' of the initial correlation pattern at the end of each period. It is found that when the input state possesses nontrivial symmetries, the correlation revival period can be longer than that of the intensity, and thus the same intensity pattern can display different correlation patterns. We experimentally demonstrate this effect for classical, pseudothermal light, and compare the results with the predictions for nonclassical, quantum light.

  6. Low-index discontinuity terahertz waveguides

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    Michael Nagel; Astrid Marchewka; Heinrich Kurz


    ... of electric flux density at the dielectric interface. Attenuation, dispersion and single-mode confinement properties of two LID structures are discussed and compared with other THz waveguide solutions...

  7. Differential interference in a polymer waveguide

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    Gut, K


    The paper presents the results of investigations concerning the measurement of the refractive index and the thickness of planar waveguide structures, obtained by photo polymerization of the polymer SU8...

  8. Holographic Waveguided See-Through Display Project (United States)

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — To address the NASA need for lightweight, space suit-mounted displays, Luminit proposes a novel Holographic Waveguided See-Through Display. Our proposed Holographic...

  9. Fabrication of plasmonic waveguides for device applications

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    Boltasseva, Alexandra; Leosson, Kristjan; Rosenzveig, Tiberiu


    We report on experimental realization of different metal-insulator geometries that are used as plasmonic waveguides guiding electromagnetic radiation along metal-dielectric interfaces via excitation of surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs). Three configurations are considered: metal strips, symmetric...

  10. Laser written waveguide photonic quantum circuits

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    Graham D. Marshall; Alberto Politi; Jonathan C. F. Matthews; Peter Dekker; Martin Ams; Michael J. Withford; Jeremy L. O'Brien


    We report photonic quantum circuits created using an ultrafast laser processing technique that is rapid, requires no lithographic mask and can be used to create three-dimensional networks of waveguide devices...

  11. Quantum random walks circuits with photonic waveguides

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    Peruzzo, Alberto; Matthews, Jonathan; Politi, Alberto; Lobino, Mirko; Zhou, Xiao-Qi; Thompson, Mark G.; O'Brien, Jeremy; Matsuda, Nobuyuki; Ismail, N.; Worhoff, Kerstin; Bromberg, Yaron; Lahini, Yoav; Silberberg, Yaron


    Arrays of 21 evanescently coupled waveguides are fabricated to implement quantum random walks and a generalised form of two-photon non-classical interference, which observed via two photon correlation.

  12. High index contrast UV-written waveguides

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    Svalgaard, Mikael; Færch, Kjartan Ullitz

    By increasing the concentration of molecular hydrogen in germanosilica samples, we show that buried channel waveguides with an index step of up to 0.02 can be fabricated using the directUV writing technique....

  13. Fabrication of waveguides in Gorilla Glass with fs-pulses and its nonlinear features (Conference Presentation) (United States)

    Almeida, Gustavo F. B.; Almeida, Juliana M. P.; Martins, Renato J.; De Boni, Leonardo; Arnold, Craig B.; Mendonça, Cleber R.


    Ultrafast waveguide fabrication has been an active research area since its demonstration, leading to numerous applications. Recently reported high quality waveguide in Gorilla Glass has promoted it as a good candidate for optical devices. In this study, 120-fs laser pulses centered at 520, 650 and 775 nm at a repetition rate of 1 kHz were applied to investigate the influence of the wavelength on micromachining. Grooves ablated onto Gorilla Glass surface with different pulse energies and scanning speeds presented similar features and threshold pulse energy, regardless the excitation wavelength. Fifteen millimeter long waveguides were produced 100 μm below sample surface with pulse energy varying from 250 nJ up to 5 μJ (scanning speed of 200 μm/s). Waveguides longitudinal and transversal profiles were analyzed via optical microscopy and its guiding properties characterized in an objective-lens based coupling system at 633 and 775 nm. Guide modes intensity distribution show that for waveguides fabricated with higher pulse energy light is guided further from the core, while for lower fabrication energy light is guided closer to the center in a more fundamental mode. Considering that light traveling through 15 mm of material in confined mode, we coupled 775 nm fs-pulses into fabricated waveguides. By monitoring the spectrum of the guided light as input pulse energy increased, spectral broadening assigned to self-phase modulation effects was observed followed by white-light generation starting at 450 nm. In conclusion, we found that micromachining on Gorilla Glass is wavelength independent and inscribed waveguides present desirable nonlinear features.

  14. Environmental Impact Assessment of a School Building in Iceland Using LCA-Including the Effect of Long Distance Transport of Materials

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    Nargessadat Emami


    Full Text Available Buildings are the key components of urban areas and society as a complex system. A life cycle assessment was applied to estimate the environmental impacts of the resources applied in the building envelope, floor slabs, and interior walls of the Vættaskóli-Engi building in Reykjavik, Iceland. The scope of this study included four modules of extraction and transportation of raw material to the manufacturing site, production of the construction materials, and transport to the building site, as described in the standard EN 15804. The total environmental effects of the school building in terms of global warming potential, ozone depletion potential, human toxicity, acidification, and eutrophication were calculated. The total global warming potential impact was equal to 255 kg of CO2 eq/sqm, which was low compared to previous studies and was due to the limited system boundary of the current study. The effect of long-distance overseas transport of materials was noticeable in terms of acidification (25% and eutrophication (31% while it was negligible in other impact groups. The results also concluded that producing the cement in Iceland caused less environmental impact in all five impact categories compared to the case in which the cement was imported from Germany. The major contribution of this work is that the environmental impacts of different plans for domestic production or import of construction materials to Iceland can be precisely assessed in order to identify effective measures to move towards a sustainable built environment in Iceland, and also to provide consistent insights for stakeholders.

  15. Plasmonic thermal transport in graphene nanodisk waveguides (United States)

    Ramirez, Francisco V.; McGaughey, Alan J. H.


    The thermal radiation properties of guided surface plasmons in one-dimensional co-planar graphene nanodisk arrays are predicted using a semi-analytical electrostatic model. The plasmonic band structure contains nonlocalized dispersion bands that are well-described by the electrostatic model for disk diameters smaller than 200 nm. A nondimensional model is proposed that enables systematic analysis of the waveguiding properties based on scaling laws. The thermal transport is dominated by the lowest-order radial modes and can be controlled by tuning the disk size, the substrate optical properties, and graphene's doping concentration and electron mobility. The maximum predicted thermal conductivity and thermal diffusivity are 4.5 Wm -1K-1 and 1.3 ×10-3m2 /s, orders of magnitude larger than predictions of thermal transport by guided surface plasmon- or phonon-polaritons in other materials. The results suggest that graphene surface plasmons, which can be thermally-activated at room temperature, are a suitable platform for tunable and fast thermal transport, with potential application as photon-based thermotronic interconnects.

  16. Fluorescence Spectroscopy with Metal-Dielectric Waveguides. (United States)

    Badugu, Ramachandram; Szmacinski, Henryk; Ray, Krishanu; Descrovi, Emiliano; Ricciardi, Serena; Zhang, Douguo; Chen, Junxue; Huo, Yiping; Lakowicz, Joseph R


    We describe a hybrid metal-dielectric waveguide structures (MDWs) with numerous potential applications in the biosciences. These structures consist of a thin metal film coated with a dielectric layer. Depending on the thickness of the dielectric layer, the modes can be localized near the metal, within the dielectric, or at the top surface of the dielectric. The optical modes in a metal-dielectric waveguide can have either S (TE) or P (TM) polarization. The dielectric spacer avoids the quenching, which usually occurs for fluorophores within about 5 nm from the metal. Additionally, the resonances display a sharp angular dependence and can exhibit several hundred-fold increases in intensity (E2) at the silica-air interface relative to the incident intensity. Fluorophores placed on top of the silica layer couple efficiently with the metal, resulting in a sharp angular distribution of emission through the metal and down from the bottom of the structure. This coupling occurs over large distances to several hundred nm away from the metal and was found to be consistent with simulations of the reflectivity of the metal-dielectric waveguides. Remarkably, for some silica thicknesses, the emission is almost completely coupled through the structure with little free-space emission away from the metal-dielectric waveguide. The efficiency of fluorophore coupling is related to the quality of the resonant modes sustained by the metal-dielectric waveguide, resulting in coupling of most of the emission through the metal into the underlying glass substrates. Metal-dielectric waveguides also provide a method to resolve the emission from surface-bound fluorophores from the bulk-phase fluorophores. Metal-dielectric waveguides are simple to fabricate for large surface areas, the resonance wavelength can be adjusted by the dielectric thickness, and the silica surface is suitable for coupling to biomolecules. Metal-dielectric waveguides can have numerous applications in diagnostics and high

  17. Application of exterior calculus to waveguides


    Ferraro, Rafael


    Exterior calculus is a powerful tool to search for solutions to the electromagnetic field equations, whose strength can be better appreciated when applied to work out non-trivial configurations. Here we show how to exploit this machinery to obtain the electromagnetic TM and TE modes in hollow cylindrical waveguides. The proper use of exterior calculus and Lorentz boosts will straightforwardly lead to such solutions and the respective power transmitted along the waveguide.

  18. Thermotherapeutic waveguide applicator for cancer treatment (United States)

    Cvek, Jakub; Vrba, Jan


    Thermotherapy is one of the standard methods of the complex cancer treatment. In many studies, the improvement in local tumor control and free life survival has been shown. Goal of this project was realization of Evanescent Mode Waveguide applicator and its comparison with Waveguide Applicator, which is clinically used. The optimization of the Evanescent Mode Applicator has been studied with aid of numerical methods (FDTD).

  19. Accurate modelling of UV written waveguide components

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    Svalgaard, Mikael

    BPM simulation results of UV written waveguide components that are indistinguishable from measurements can be achieved on the basis of trajectory scan data and an equivalent step index profile that is very easy to measure.......BPM simulation results of UV written waveguide components that are indistinguishable from measurements can be achieved on the basis of trajectory scan data and an equivalent step index profile that is very easy to measure....

  20. Accurate modeling of UV written waveguide components

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    Svalgaard, Mikael

    BPM simulation results of UV written waveguide components that are indistinguishable from measurements can be achieved on the basis of trajectory scan data and an equivalent step index profile that is very easy to measure.......BPM simulation results of UV written waveguide components that are indistinguishable from measurements can be achieved on the basis of trajectory scan data and an equivalent step index profile that is very easy to measure....

  1. Optimization of metal-clad waveguide sensors

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    Skivesen, N.; Horvath, R.; Pedersen, H.C.


    The present paper deals with the optimization of metal-clad waveguides for sensor applications to achieve high sensitivity for adlayer and refractive index measurements. By using the Fresnel reflection coefficients both the angular shift and the width of the resonances in the sensorgrams are taken...... into account. Our optimization shows that it is possible for metal-clad waveguides to achieve a sensitivity improvement of 600% compared to surface-plasmon-resonance sensors....

  2. 70-nm-bandwidth achromatic waveguide coupler. (United States)

    Mendes, S B; Li, L; Burke, J J; Lee, J E; Saavedra, S S


    We report a general approach to the design of broadband waveguide couplers. A double-parallel grating assembly is used to cancel the first chromatic order, and a proper choice of prism glass and base angle is made to compensate for the second chromatic order. The technique was applied to a Corning glass 7059 waveguide, and a spectral bandwidth of 70 nm was measured by the use of two complementary procedures.

  3. Optical waveguide device with an adiabatically-varying width

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    Watts,; Michael R. (Albuquerque, NM), Nielson; Gregory, N [Albuquerque, NM


    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.

  4. FDTD modeling of anisotropic nonlinear optical phenomena in silicon waveguides. (United States)

    Dissanayake, Chethiya M; Premaratne, Malin; Rukhlenko, Ivan D; Agrawal, Govind P


    A deep insight into the inherent anisotropic optical properties of silicon is required to improve the performance of silicon-waveguide-based photonic devices. It may also lead to novel device concepts and substantially extend the capabilities of silicon photonics in the future. In this paper, for the first time to the best of our knowledge, we present a three-dimensional finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) method for modeling optical phenomena in silicon waveguides, which takes into account fully the anisotropy of the third-order electronic and Raman susceptibilities. We show that, under certain realistic conditions that prevent generation of the longitudinal optical field inside the waveguide, this model is considerably simplified and can be represented by a computationally efficient algorithm, suitable for numerical analysis of complex polarization effects. To demonstrate the versatility of our model, we study polarization dependence for several nonlinear effects, including self-phase modulation, cross-phase modulation, and stimulated Raman scattering. Our FDTD model provides a basis for a full-blown numerical simulator that is restricted neither by the single-mode assumption nor by the slowly varying envelope approximation.

  5. Design of optical metamaterial waveguide structures (Conference Presentation) (United States)

    Ortega-Moñux, Alejandro; Halir, Robert; Sánchez-Postigo, Alejandro; Soler-Penadés, Jordi; Ctyroký, Jirí; Luque-González, José Manuel; Sarmiento-Merenguel, José Darío.; Wangüemert-Pérez, Juan Gonzalo; Schmid, Jens H.; Xu, Dan-Xia; Janz, Sigfried; Lapointe, Jean; Molina-Fernández, Iñigo; Nedeljkovic, Milos; Mashanovich, Goran Z.; Cheben, Pavel


    Subwavelength gratings (SWGs) are periodic structures with a pitch (Λ) smaller than the wavelength of the propagating wave (λ), so that diffraction effects are suppressed. These structures thus behave as artificial metamaterials where the refractive index and the dispersion profile can be controlled with a proper design of the geometry of the structure. SWG waveguides have found extensive applications in the field of integrated optics, such as efficient fiber-chip couplers, broadband multimode interference (MMI) couplers, polarization beam splitters or evanescent field sensors, among others. From the point of view of nano-fabrication, the subwavelength condition (Λ electromagnetic simulation of Floquet modes, the relevance of substrate leakage losses and the effects of the random jitter, inherent to any fabrication process, on the performance of SWG structures. Finally, we will show the possibilities of the design of SWG structures with two different state-of-the-art applications: i) ultra-broadband MMI beam splitters with an operation bandwidth greater than 300nm for telecom wavelengths and ii) a set of suspended waveguides with SWG lateral cladding for mid-infrared applications, including low loss waveguides, MMI couplers and Mach-Zehnder interferometers.

  6. Fundamental Limitations to Gain Enhancement in Periodic Media and Waveguides

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    Grgic, Jure; Ott, Johan Raunkjær; Wang, Fengwen


    modifies the underlying dispersion law, and thereby may degrade the slow-light properties underlying the device operation and the anticipated gain enhancement itself. This degradation is generic; we demonstrate it for three different systems of current interest (coupled-resonator optical waveguides, Bragg......A common strategy to compensate for losses in optical nanostructures is to add gain material in the system. By exploiting slow-light effects it is expected that the gain may be enhanced beyond its bulk value. Here we show that this route cannot be followed uncritically: inclusion of gain inevitably...

  7. Chi 3 dispersion in planar tantalum pentoxide waveguides in the telecommunications window. (United States)

    Chen, Ruiqi Y; Charlton, Martin D B; Lagoudakis, Pavlos G


    We report on the dispersion of the third-order nonlinear susceptibility (chi(3) or "Chi 3") in planar Ta2O5 waveguides in the telecommunications spectral window. We utilize the observation of third-harmonic generation under ultrashort pulsed excitation as a reference-free characterization method of chi(3) and obtain a large nonlinear coefficient, 2x10(-13) esu, at 1550 nm. Our observation of efficient third-harmonic generation in Ta2O5 waveguides in the telecoms window reveals the potential of this material system in high-speed integrated nonlinear optical switches.

  8. Femtosecond laser fabrication of waveguides in Rhodamine B-doped GPTS/TEOS-derived organic/silica monolithic xerogel (United States)

    Ferreira, P. H. D.; Otuka, A. J. G.; Barbano, E. C.; Manoel, D. S.; De Vicente, F. S.; Vollet, D. R.; Donatti, D. A.; Misoguti, L.; Mendonça, C. R.


    This paper reports on the fabrication and characterization of waveguides inside of a dye doped-organic/inorganic bulk material using femtosecond laser microfabrication. Rhodamine B-doped GPTS/TEOS-derived organic/silica monolithic xerogels with excellent optical quality were prepared by sol-gel method. The influence of the dye concentration on the samples optical properties was also investigated in order to choose the proper one to be used for producing the waveguides. After investigation of parameters to fabrication in xerogels, such as, scan speed effects and pulse energy, we produced waveguides in bulks doped with 0.5 mmol/L of Rhodamine B. Propagation losses in the single mode waveguides, at 632.8 nm wavelength, were obtained.

  9. Single-mode waveguides with SU-8 polymer core and cladding for MOEMS applications

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    Nordström, Maria; Zauner, Dan; Boisen, Anja


    Fabrication and optical characterization of singlemode polymeric embedded waveguides are performed. A specific material combination (SU-8 2005 as core and the modified SU-8 mr-L 6050XP as cladding) is chosen in order to obtain a small refractive index difference for single-mode propagation combin...

  10. Giant optical gain in rare-earth-ion-doped thin films and waveguides

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    Geskus, D.; Aravazhi, S.; García Blanco, Sonia Maria; Pollnau, Markus

    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.

  11. Fluorescence monitoring of capillary electrophoresis separation of biomolecules with monolithically integrated optical waveguides

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    Dongre, C.; Dekker, R.; Hoekstra, Hugo; Martinez-Vazquez, R.; Osellame, R.; Ramponi, R.; Cerullo, G.; van Weeghel, R.; Besselink, G.A.J.; van den Vlekkert, H.H.; Pollnau, Markus


    Monolithic integration of optical waveguides in a commercial lab-on-a-chip by femtosecond-laser material processing enables arbitrary 3D geometries of optical sensing structures in combination with fluidic microchannels. Integrated fluorescence monitoring of molecular separation, as applicable in

  12. Loss compensation in long-range dielectric loaded surface plasmon polariton waveguides

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    García Blanco, Sonia Maria; Zouhdi, Said; Begaud, Xavier; Pollnau, Markus; Bozhevolnyi, S.I.

    Loss compensation in long-range dielectric loaded surface plasmon polariton (LR-DLSPP) waveguides has been theoretically studied. Rare-earth-ion-doped potassium double tungstates have been proposed as gain materials because of the elevated gain that they can provide, together with a favorable

  13. Outsmarting waveguide losses in thin-film light-emitting diodes

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    Meerholz, K.; Mueller, D.C. [Muenchen Univ. (Germany). Chemistry Dept.


    Several attempts to overcome the problem of waveguide losses in light-emitting diodes (LEDs) have been made over past few years. This article summarizes the most important developments in this area and specifically highlights one attempt, achieved by Tsutsui et al. and published in the latest issue of Advanced Materials. (orig.)

  14. Geometry and transport in a model of two coupled quadratic nonlinear waveguides

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    Stirling, James R.; Bang, Ole; Christiansen, Peter Leth


    a specific input and range of material properties. We show how these barriers break down as the coupling between the waveguides is increased and what the role of resonances in the phase space has in this. We also show how an increase in the coupling can lead to chaos and global transport and what effect...

  15. Femtosecond laser writing of new type of waveguides in silver containing glasses (Conference Presentation) (United States)

    Abou Khalil, Alain; Bérubé, Jean-Philippe; Danto, Sylvain; Desmoulin, Jean-Charles; Cardinal, Thierry; Petit, Yannick G.; Canioni, Lionel; Vallée, Réal


    Femtosecond laser writing in glasses is a growing field of research and development in photonics, since it provides a versatile, robust and efficient approach to directly address 3D material structuring. Laser-glass interaction process has been studied for many years, especially the local changes of the refractive index that have been classified by three distinct types (types I, II and III, respectively). These refractive index modifications are widely used for the creation of photonics devices such as waveguides [1], couplers, photonic crystals to fabricate integrated optical functions in glasses for photonic applications as optical circuits or integrated sensors. Femtosecond laser writing in a home-developed silver containing zinc phosphate glasses induces the creation of fluorescent silver clusters distributed around the laser-glass interaction voxel [2]. In this paper, we introduce a new type of refractive index modification in glasses. It is based on the creation of these photo-induced silver clusters allowing a local change in the refractive index Δn = 5×10-3, which is sufficient for the creation of waveguides and photonics devices. The wave guiding process in our glasses along these structures with original geometry is demonstrated for wavelengths from visible to NIR [3], giving a promising access to integrated optical circuits in these silver containing glasses. Moreover, the characterization of the waveguides is presented, including their original geometry, the refractive index change, the mode profile, the estimation of propagation losses and a comparison with simulation results. 1. K. M. Davis, K. Miura, N. Sugimoto, and K. Hirao, Opt. Lett. 21, 1729-1731 (1996). 2. M. Bellec, A. Royon, K. Bourhis, J. Choi, B. Bousquet, M. Treguer, T. Cardinal, J.-J. Videau, M. Richardson, and L. Canioni, The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 114, 15584-15588 (2010). 3. S. Danto, F. Désévédavy, Y. Petit, J.-C. Desmoulin, A. Abou Khalil, C. Strutynski, M. Dussauze, F

  16. Production and characterization of femtosecond laser-written double line waveguides in heavy metal oxide glasses (United States)

    da Silva, Diego Silvério; Wetter, Niklaus Ursus; de Rossi, Wagner; Kassab, Luciana Reyes Pires; Samad, Ricardo Elgul


    We report the fabrication and characterization of double line waveguides directly written in tellurite and germanate glasses using a femtosecond laser delivering 30 μJ, 80 fs pulses at 4 kHz repetition rate. The double line waveguides produced presented internal losses inferior to 2.0 dB/cm. The output mode profile and the M2 measurements indicate multimodal guiding behavior. A better beam quality for the GeO2 - PbO waveguide was observed when compared with TeO2 - ZnO glass. Raman spectroscopy of the waveguides showed structural modification of the glassy network and indicates that a negative refractive index modification occurs at the focus of the laser beam, therefore allowing for light guiding in between two closely spaced laser written lines. The refractive index change at 632 nm is around 10-4, and the structural changes in the laser focal region of the writing, evaluated by Raman spectroscopy, corroborated our findings that these materials are potential candidates for optical waveguides and passive components. To the best of our knowledge, the two double line configuration demonstrated in the present work was not reported before for germanate or tellurite glasses.

  17. Effects of beryllium coating layer on performance of the ultrasonic waveguide sensor. (United States)

    Joo, Young-Sang; Bae, Jin-Ho; Kim, Jong-Bum; Kim, Jin-Yeon


    Under-sodium viewing is one of the critical technical issues and requirements for the in-service inspection of the sodium-cooled fast reactor (SFR) that is currently under development. The waveguide sensor that uses leaky A(0) mode Lamb waves has shown its potential for high-resolution viewing/scanning of the reactor core and in-vessel structures. However, a few problems arise under a liquid sodium environment due to high sound speed in liquid sodium and dispersion in the long waveguide plate, which simultaneously deteriorate the reconstructed C-scan images. This paper proposes coating the surface of the waveguide sensor plate with a thin layer of material that has a very high ultrasonic wave velocity. It is shown that this coating layer can largely reduce the size (width) and radiation angle of the acoustic beam from the waveguide sensor. This paper precisely analyzes the effects of coating parameters on the beam quality. The proposed idea is validated through ultrasonic experiments in which the radiation beam profiles and group velocities in waveguide sensors with different surface treatments are measured and compared. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  18. Nanowires and nanoribbons as subwavelength optical waveguides and their use as components in photonic circuits and devices (United States)

    Yang, Peidong; Law, Matt; Sirbuly, Donald J.; Johnson, Justin C.; Saykally, Richard; Fan, Rong; Tao, Andrea


    Nanoribbons and nanowires having diameters less than the wavelength of light are used in the formation and operation of optical circuits and devices. Such nanostructures function as subwavelength optical waveguides which form a fundamental building block for optical integration. The extraordinary length, flexibility and strength of these structures enable their manipulation on surfaces, including the precise positioning and optical linking of nanoribbon/wire waveguides and other nanoribbon/wire elements to form optical networks and devices. In addition, such structures provide for waveguiding in liquids, enabling them to further be used in other applications such as optical probes and sensors.

  19. Gain enhanced Fano resonance in a coupled photonic crystal cavity-waveguide structure (United States)

    Zhao, Yanhui; Qian, Chenjiang; Qiu, Kangsheng; Tang, Jing; Sun, Yue; Jin, Kuijuan; Xu, Xiulai


    Systems with coupled cavities and waveguides have been demonstrated as optical switches and optical sensors. To optimize the functionalities of these optical devices, Fano resonance with asymmetric and steep spectral line shape has been used. We theoretically propose a coupled photonic crystal cavity-waveguide structure to achieve Fano resonance by placing partially reflecting elements in waveguide. To enhance Fano resonance, optical gain material is introduced into the cavity. As the gain increases, the transmission line shape becomes steepened and the transmissivity can be six times enhanced, giving a large contrast by a small frequency shift. It is prospected that the gain enhanced Fano resonance is very useful for optical switches and optical sensors.

  20. Absorption enhancement and total absorption in a graphene-waveguide hybrid structure

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    Jun Guo


    Full Text Available We propose a graphene/planar waveguide hybrid structure, and demonstrate total absorption in the visible wavelength range by means of attenuated total reflectance. The excitation of planar waveguide mode, which has strong near field enhancement and increased light interaction length with graphene, plays a vital role in total absorption. We analyze the origin and physical insight of total absorption theoretically by using an approximated reflectance, and show how to design such hybrid structure numerically. Utilizing the tunability of doped graphene, we discuss the possible application in optical modulators. We also achieve broadband absorption enhancement in near-IR range by cascading multiple graphene-waveguide hybrid structures. We believe our results will be useful not only for potential applications in optical devices, but also for studying other two-dimension materials.

  1. Gain enhanced Fano resonance in a coupled photonic crystal cavity-waveguide structure. (United States)

    Zhao, Yanhui; Qian, Chenjiang; Qiu, Kangsheng; Tang, Jing; Sun, Yue; Jin, Kuijuan; Xu, Xiulai


    Systems with coupled cavities and waveguides have been demonstrated as optical switches and optical sensors. To optimize the functionalities of these optical devices, Fano resonance with asymmetric and steep spectral line shape has been used. We theoretically propose a coupled photonic crystal cavity-waveguide structure to achieve Fano resonance by placing partially reflecting elements in waveguide. To enhance Fano resonance, optical gain material is introduced into the cavity. As the gain increases, the transmission line shape becomes steepened and the transmissivity can be six times enhanced, giving a large contrast by a small frequency shift. It is prospected that the gain enhanced Fano resonance is very useful for optical switches and optical sensors.

  2. Characterizing the effects of free carriers in fully etched, dielectric-clad silicon waveguides (United States)

    Sharma, Rajat; Puckett, Matthew W.; Lin, Hung-Hsi; Vallini, Felipe; Fainman, Yeshaiahu


    We theoretically characterize the free-carrier plasma dispersion effect in fully etched silicon waveguides, with various dielectric material claddings, due to fixed interface charges and trap states at the silicon-dielectric interfaces. The values used for these charges are obtained from the measured capacitance-voltage characteristics of SiO2, SiNx, and Al2O3 thin films deposited on silicon substrates. The effect of the charges on the properties of silicon waveguides is then calculated using the semiconductor physics tool Silvaco in combination with the finite-difference time-domain method solver Lumerical. Our results show that, in addition to being a critical factor in the analysis of such active devices as capacitively driven silicon modulators, this effect should also be taken into account when considering the propagation losses of passive silicon waveguides.

  3. Using COMSOL Multiphysics Software to Model Anisotropic Dielectric and Metamaterial Effects in Folded-Waveguide Traveling-Wave Tube Slow-Wave Circuits (United States)

    Starinshak, David P.; Smith, Nathan D.; Wilson, Jeffrey D.


    The electromagnetic effects of conventional dielectrics, anisotropic dielectrics, and metamaterials were modeled in a terahertz-frequency folded-waveguide slow-wave circuit. Results of attempts to utilize these materials to increase efficiency are presented.

  4. Adaptive coupling approach for single mode VCSELs with polymer waveguides

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    Bosman, E.; Elmogi, A.; Wiegersma, S.; Berg, H. van den; Ortsiefer, M.; Daly, A.; Duis, J.; Steenberge, G. van


    A novel coupling approach for single mode VCSELs and planar optical waveguides is presented. The coupling is based on the embedding of the VCSELs inside the substrate and the adaptive fabrication of waveguides on top.

  5. THz parallel-plate waveguides with resonant cavities

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    Reichel, Kimberly S.; Astley, Victoria; Iwaszczuk, Krzysztof


    We characterize the terahertz resonance due to a cavity inside aparallel-plate waveguide, and discuss its use for refractive index sensing. Insidethe waveguide, we observe a broadband field enhancement associated with thisnarrowband resonance. © 2015 OSA.......We characterize the terahertz resonance due to a cavity inside aparallel-plate waveguide, and discuss its use for refractive index sensing. Insidethe waveguide, we observe a broadband field enhancement associated with thisnarrowband resonance. © 2015 OSA....

  6. Optical micromanipulation of freestanding microstructures with embedded waveguides

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


    Optically micromanipulated waveguides can be arbitrarily positioned and oriented for targeted light delivery. At the same time, controlled light deflection in designed waveguides can be exploited to exert optical forces for new optical micromanipulation modalities.......Optically micromanipulated waveguides can be arbitrarily positioned and oriented for targeted light delivery. At the same time, controlled light deflection in designed waveguides can be exploited to exert optical forces for new optical micromanipulation modalities....

  7. Integrated nanoplasmonic waveguides for magnetic, nonlinear, and strong-field devices

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    Full Text Available As modern complementary-metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS circuitry rapidly approaches fundamental speed and bandwidth limitations, optical platforms have become promising candidates to circumvent these limits and facilitate massive increases in computational power. To compete with high density CMOS circuitry, optical technology within the plasmonic regime is desirable, because of the sub-diffraction limited confinement of electromagnetic energy, large optical bandwidth, and ultrafast processing capabilities. As such, nanoplasmonic waveguides act as nanoscale conduits for optical signals, thereby forming the backbone of such a platform. In recent years, significant research interest has developed to uncover the fundamental physics governing phenomena occurring within nanoplasmonic waveguides, and to implement unique optical devices. In doing so, a wide variety of material properties have been exploited. CMOS-compatible materials facilitate passive plasmonic routing devices for directing the confined radiation. Magnetic materials facilitate time-reversal symmetry breaking, aiding in the development of nonreciprocal isolators or modulators. Additionally, strong confinement and enhancement of electric fields within such waveguides require the use of materials with high nonlinear coefficients to achieve increased nonlinear optical phenomenon in a nanoscale footprint. Furthermore, this enhancement and confinement of the fields facilitate the study of strong-field effects within the solid-state environment of the waveguide. Here, we review current state-of-the-art physics and applications of nanoplasmonic waveguides pertaining to passive, magnetoplasmonic, nonlinear, and strong-field devices. Such components are essential elements in integrated optical circuitry, and each fulfill specific roles in truly developing a chip-scale plasmonic computing architecture.

  8. Integrated nanoplasmonic waveguides for magnetic, nonlinear, and strong-field devices (United States)

    Sederberg, Shawn; Firby, Curtis J.; Greig, Shawn R.; Elezzabi, Abdulhakem Y.


    As modern complementary-metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) circuitry rapidly approaches fundamental speed and bandwidth limitations, optical platforms have become promising candidates to circumvent these limits and facilitate massive increases in computational power. To compete with high density CMOS circuitry, optical technology within the plasmonic regime is desirable, because of the sub-diffraction limited confinement of electromagnetic energy, large optical bandwidth, and ultrafast processing capabilities. As such, nanoplasmonic waveguides act as nanoscale conduits for optical signals, thereby forming the backbone of such a platform. In recent years, significant research interest has developed to uncover the fundamental physics governing phenomena occurring within nanoplasmonic waveguides, and to implement unique optical devices. In doing so, a wide variety of material properties have been exploited. CMOS-compatible materials facilitate passive plasmonic routing devices for directing the confined radiation. Magnetic materials facilitate time-reversal symmetry breaking, aiding in the development of nonreciprocal isolators or modulators. Additionally, strong confinement and enhancement of electric fields within such waveguides require the use of materials with high nonlinear coefficients to achieve increased nonlinear optical phenomenon in a nanoscale footprint. Furthermore, this enhancement and confinement of the fields facilitate the study of strong-field effects within the solid-state environment of the waveguide. Here, we review current state-of-the-art physics and applications of nanoplasmonic waveguides pertaining to passive, magnetoplasmonic, nonlinear, and strong-field devices. Such components are essential elements in integrated optical circuitry, and each fulfill specific roles in truly developing a chip-scale plasmonic computing architecture.

  9. Finite-width plasmonic waveguides with hyperbolic multilayer cladding

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    Babicheva, Viktoriia; Shalaginov, Mikhail Y.; Ishii, Satoshi


    Engineering plasmonic metamaterials with anisotropic optical dispersion enables us to tailor the properties of metamaterial-based waveguides. We investigate plasmonic waveguides with dielectric cores and multilayer metal-dielectric claddings with hyperbolic dispersion. Without using any......, are strongly absorbed. By avoiding the resonant widths in the design of the actual waveguides, the strong absorption can be eliminated. (C) 2015 Optical Society of America...

  10. Designing large-bandwidth planar photonic crystal waveguides

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    Lavrinenko, Andrei; Søndergaard, Thomas


    Our waveguide design is characterized by first of all a large bandwidth, and secondly it is characterized by a relatively high group velocity giving a better modal dispersion match with the modes of standard waveguides used for coupling light into the planar crystal waveguide (PCW). We consider t...

  11. Numerical characterization of nanopillar photonic crystal waveguides and directional couplers

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    Chigrin, Dmitry N.; Lavrinenko, Andrei; Sotomayor Torres, Clivia M.


    We numerically characterize a novel type of a photonic crystal waveguide, which consists of several rows of periodically arranged dielectric cylinders. In such a nanopillar photonic crystal waveguide, light confinement is due to the total internal reflection. A nanopillar waveguide is a multimode...

  12. Slow waves in microchannel metal waveguides and application to particle acceleration

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    L. C. Steinhauer


    Full Text Available Conventional metal-wall waveguides support waveguide modes with phase velocities exceeding the speed of light. However, for infrared frequencies and guide dimensions of a fraction of a millimeter, one of the waveguide modes can have a phase velocity equal to or less than the speed of light. Such a metal microchannel then acts as a slow-wave structure. Furthermore, if it is a transverse magnetic mode, the electric field has a component along the direction of propagation. Therefore, a strong exchange of energy can occur between a beam of charged particles and this slow-waveguide mode. Moreover, the energy exchange can be sustained over a distance limited only by the natural damping of the wave. This makes the microchannel metal waveguide an attractive possibility for high-gradient electron laser acceleration because the wave can be directly energized by a long-wavelength laser. Indeed the frequency of CO_{2} lasers lies at a fortuitous wavelength that produces a strong laser-particle interaction in a channel of reasonable macroscopic size (e.g., ∼0.6  mm. The dispersion properties including phase velocity and damping for the slow wave are developed. The performance and other issues related to laser accelerator applications are discussed.

  13. Fourier finite element modeling of light emission in waveguides: 2.5-dimensional FEM approach

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    Ou, Yangxin; Chen, Yuntian


    We present a Fourier finite element modeling of light emission of dipolar emitters coupled to infinitely long waveguides. Due to the translational symmetry, the three-dimensional (3D) coupled waveguide-emitter system can be decomposed into a series of independent 2D problems (2.5D), which reduces the computational cost. Moreover, the reduced 2D problems can be extremely accurate, compared to its 3D counterpart. Our method can precisely quantify the total emission rates, as well as the fraction of emission rates into different modal channels for waveguides with arbitrary cross-sections. We compare our method with dyadic Green's function for the light emission in single mode metallic nanowire, which yields an excellent agreement. This method is applied in multi-mode waveguides, as well as multi-core waveguides. We further show that our method has the full capability of including dipole orientations, as illustrated via a rotating dipole, which leads to unidirectional excitation of guide modes. The 2.5D Finite El...

  14. Enhancement of optics-to-THz conversion efficiency by metallic slot waveguides. (United States)

    Ruan, Zhichao; Veronis, Georgios; Vodopyanov, Konstantin L; Fejer, Marty M; Fan, Shanhui


    A metallic slot waveguide, with a dielectric strip embedded within, is investigated for the purpose of enhancing the optics-to-THz conversion efficiency using the difference-frequency generation (DFG) process. To describe the frequency conversion process in such lossy waveguides, a fully-vectorial coupled-mode theory is developed. Using the coupled-mode theory, we outline the basic theoretical requirements for efficient frequency conversion, which include the needs to achieve large coupling coefficients, phase matching, and low propagation loss for both the optical and THz waves. Following these requirements, a metallic waveguide is designed by considering the trade-off between modal confinement and propagation loss. Our numerical calculation shows that the conversion efficiency in these waveguide structures can be more than one order of magnitude larger than what has been achieved using dielectric waveguides. Based on the distinct impact of the slot width on the optical and THz modal dispersion, we propose a two-step method to realize the phase matching for general pump wavelengths.

  15. Slow waves in microchannel metal waveguides and application to particle acceleration (United States)

    Steinhauer, L. C.; Kimura, W. D.


    Conventional metal-wall waveguides support waveguide modes with phase velocities exceeding the speed of light. However, for infrared frequencies and guide dimensions of a fraction of a millimeter, one of the waveguide modes can have a phase velocity equal to or less than the speed of light. Such a metal microchannel then acts as a slow-wave structure. Furthermore, if it is a transverse magnetic mode, the electric field has a component along the direction of propagation. Therefore, a strong exchange of energy can occur between a beam of charged particles and this slow-waveguide mode. Moreover, the energy exchange can be sustained over a distance limited only by the natural damping of the wave. This makes the microchannel metal waveguide an attractive possibility for high-gradient electron laser acceleration because the wave can be directly energized by a long-wavelength laser. Indeed the frequency of CO2 lasers lies at a fortuitous wavelength that produces a strong laser-particle interaction in a channel of reasonable macroscopic size (e.g., ˜0.6 mm). The dispersion properties including phase velocity and damping for the slow wave are developed. The performance and other issues related to laser accelerator applications are discussed.

  16. FDTD analysis of dielectric-loaded longitudinally slotted rectangular waveguides. (United States)

    Al-Rizzo, Hussain M; Younies, Hassan Z; Clark, Ken G; Tranquilla, Jim M


    A versatile electromagnetic (EM) computational algorithm, based on the Finite-Difference Time-Domain (FDTD) technique, is developed to analyze longitudinally oriented, square-ended, single slot fixtures and slot-pair configurations cut in the broad wall of a WR-975 guide operating at a frequency of 915 MHz. The finite conductivity of the waveguide walls is accounted for by employing a time-domain Surface-Impedance Boundary Conditions (SIBC) formulation. The proposed FDTD algorithm has been validated against measurements performed on a probe-excited slot cut along the center line of the broad wall of a WR-284 guide and available experimental data for energy coupled from a longitudinal slot pair in the broad wall of a WR-340 guide. Numerical results are-presented to exploit the influence of the constitutive parameters of the processed material as well as protective insulating window slabs mounted on the exterior surface of the slots. Particular attention is given to the resonant length, scattering parameters, and the electric field distribution within lossy objects placed in the near-field region over a range of slot offsets and workloads with extensive results being reported for the first time. It is shown that the FDTD technique can accurately predict the coupling and power absorption characteristics in loads located in the near field zone of the slotted waveguide structures and, therefore, should prove to be a powerful design tool applicable to a wide class of slotted waveguide applicators that may be difficult to analyze using other available techniques.

  17. Waveguide BEC Interferometry with Painted Potentials (United States)

    Boshier, Malcolm; Lebedev, Vyacheslav; Samson, Carlo; Ryu, Changhyun


    Waveguide atom interferometers offer the possibility of long measurement times in a compact geometry, which can be an advantage over free space interferometers if the dephasing due to interatomic interactions can be controlled. We are investigating waveguide BEC interferometers created with the painted potential, a technique which allows for the creation and manipulation of BECs in arbitrary 2D potentials. The goal is to measure a linear acceleration of the device. The painted potential allows new approaches to the initial splitting of the BEC. For example, instead of smoothly deforming a single well potential into a double well, it is possible instead to gradually remove a weak link coupling two initially separated waveguides. This strategy should reduce excitations created in the splitting process. We are currently implementing such schemes and measuring the coherence time of the BEC after division. We will present the results of these measurements, and report progress towards measuring linear accelerations. Supported by LANL/LDRD.

  18. Quantum interference between transverse spatial waveguide modes. (United States)

    Mohanty, Aseema; Zhang, Mian; Dutt, Avik; Ramelow, Sven; Nussenzveig, Paulo; Lipson, Michal


    Integrated quantum optics has the potential to markedly reduce the footprint and resource requirements of quantum information processing systems, but its practical implementation demands broader utilization of the available degrees of freedom within the optical field. To date, integrated photonic quantum systems have primarily relied on path encoding. However, in the classical regime, the transverse spatial modes of a multi-mode waveguide have been easily manipulated using the waveguide geometry to densely encode information. Here, we demonstrate quantum interference between the transverse spatial modes within a single multi-mode waveguide using quantum circuit-building blocks. This work shows that spatial modes can be controlled to an unprecedented level and have the potential to enable practical and robust quantum information processing.

  19. Full color waveguide liquid crystal display. (United States)

    Zhou, Xiaochen; Qin, Guangkui; Wang, Long; Chen, Zhuo; Xu, Xiaoguang; Dong, Youmei; Moheghi, Alireza; Yang, Deng-Ke


    We developed a waveguide liquid crystal display from a liquid crystal (LC)/polymer composite. It does not need polarizers or color filters. It is illuminated by color LEDs installed on its edge. The light produced by the edge LEDs is coupled into the display and then waveguided through the display. When the LC is in the transparent state, the incident light is waveguided through and no light comes out of the viewing side of the display. When the LC is in the scattering state, the incident light is scattered and comes out of the display. It can be used either for transparent display or for direct view display. The composite has a submillisecond response time, and a field sequential scheme can be used to display full color images. Because the display does not need polarizers or color filters, its energy efficiency is much higher than current liquid crystal displays.

  20. Cascaded Quadratic Soliton Compression in Waveguide Structures

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    Guo, Hairun

    between the Kerr nonlinear effects and the dispersive effects in the medium. A Kerr-like nonlinearity is produced through the cascaded phase mismatched quadratic process, e.g. the second harmonic generation process, which can be flexibly tuned in both the sign and the amplitude, making possible a strong...... and self-defocusing Kerr effect so that the soliton is created and the soliton self-compression happens in the normal dispersion region. Meanwhile, the chromatic dispersion in the waveguide is also tunable, understood as the dispersion engineering with structural designs. Therefore, compared to commonly......-focusing Kerr effects when under the self-defocusing regime. On the other hand, CQSC in quadratic waveguides seems highly complementary to that in quadratic bulk crystals. With bulk crystals dealing with high-energy, low-repetition-rate and large-beam-size pulses, quadratic waveguides could operate low...

  1. Reconfigurable origami-inspired acoustic waveguides. (United States)

    Babaee, Sahab; Overvelde, Johannes T B; Chen, Elizabeth R; Tournat, Vincent; Bertoldi, Katia


    We combine numerical simulations and experiments to design a new class of reconfigurable waveguides based on three-dimensional origami-inspired metamaterials. Our strategy builds on the fact that the rigid plates and hinges forming these structures define networks of tubes that can be easily reconfigured. As such, they provide an ideal platform to actively control and redirect the propagation of sound. We design reconfigurable systems that, depending on the externally applied deformation, can act as networks of waveguides oriented along one, two, or three preferential directions. Moreover, we demonstrate that the capability of the structure to guide and radiate acoustic energy along predefined directions can be easily switched on and off, as the networks of tubes are reversibly formed and disrupted. The proposed designs expand the ability of existing acoustic metamaterials and exploit complex waveguiding to enhance control over propagation and radiation of acoustic energy, opening avenues for the design of a new class of tunable acoustic functional systems.

  2. Nonlinear optical model for strip plasmonic waveguides

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    Lysenko, Oleg; Bache, Morten; Lavrinenko, Andrei


    This paper presents a theoretical model of nonlinear optical properties for strip plasmonic waveguides. The particular waveguides geometry that we investigate contains a gold core, adhesion layers, and silicon dioxide cladding. It is shown that the third-order susceptibility of the gold core...... significantly depends on the layer thickness and has the dominant contribution to the effective third-order susceptibility of the long-range plasmon polariton mode. This results in two nonlinear optical effects in plasmonic waveguides, which we experimentally observed and reported in [Opt. Lett. 41, 317 (2016......)]. The first effect is the nonlinear power saturation of the plasmonic mode, and the second effect is the spectral broadening of the plasmonic mode. Both nonlinear plasmonic effects can be used for practical applications and their appropriate model will be important for further developments in communication...

  3. Optical polyimides for single-mode waveguides (United States)

    Beuhler, Allyson J.; Wargowski, David A.; Kowalczyk, Tony C.; Singer, Kenneth D.


    The synthesis and optical characterization of fluorinated polyimide systems with potential use in passive waveguides and electro-optic devices is reported. The effect of fluorination on optical properties such as refractive index, birefringence, and near-infrared absorbance is reviewed in terms of optical performance requirements. Synthetic methods of tuning the refractive index in order to achieve appropriate core/cladding differentials is discussed. The relation between processing parameters and refractive index for several polyimide structures also is reported. We describe the microlithographic fabrication of a multilayer polyimide rib- type waveguide that is suitable for single mode guiding. The waveguide is fabricated using photosensitive polyimide systems via negative resist imaging. A comparison of wall profiles and resolution limits afforded by the wet-chemical patterning techniques is presented. Results on channel guide coupling, propagation, and loss are described, as well as progress in producing active guides.

  4. Lithium niobate integrated photonic crystal and waveguides (United States)

    Lim, Soon Thor; Ang, Thomas Y.-L.; Png, Ching Eng; Deng, Jun; Danner, Aaron J.


    In this work we successfully fabricated and measured PhCs patterned on a LiNbO3 APE waveguide. SIMS data indicate that after 5 hours exchange time a PE layer of 3μm can be obtained. The depth of holes was 2μm by applying a large milling current. We presented experimental characterization of the PhC waveguide and a well-defined PBG was observed from the transmission spectra. An extinction ratio was estimated to be approximately 15dB. Optical transmission results indicate that deep air holes can lead to a sharp band edge. This PhC waveguide is a good candidate for further development of an ultra-compact, low-voltage LiNbO3 modulator.

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

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    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.

  6. Evaluation of cross-connected waveguides as transfer standards of transmission at high millimetre-wave frequencies (United States)

    Ridler, Nick; Clarke, Roland; Huang, Hui; Zinal, Sherko


    At the present time, transfer and verification standards of transmission coefficient (or, equivalently, transmission loss) are not readily available at high millimetre-wave frequencies (i.e. at frequencies ranging typically from 100 GHz to 300 GHz). In recent years, cross-connected waveguide devices have been proposed to provide calculable standards of transmission loss at these frequencies. This paper investigates the viability of these cross-connected waveguides as transfer standards of transmission for inter-laboratory measurement comparison exercises. This relates to their potential use in activities such as international key comparison exercises and measurement audit programmes. A trial inter-laboratory comparison involving four laboratories using two cross-connected waveguides in the WR-05 waveguide size (covering frequencies from 140 GHz to 220 GHz) is described and includes an analysis of the measurement results obtained during the comparison exercise.

  7. Tunable polarization beam splitting based on a symmetrical metal-cladding waveguide structure. (United States)

    Wang, Yi; Cao, Zhuangqi; Li, Honggen; Shen, Qishun; Yuan, Wen; Xiao, Pingping


    Electrical tuning of polarization beam splitting is demonstrated in the structure of symmetrical metal-cladding waveguide by introducing optically nonlinear material into both the coupling prism and the guiding layer. Due to the anisotropy of the coupling material, different excitation conditions for TE and TM modes are obtained, which results in polarization-dependent reflections and transmissions. And the splitting effect of the two orthogonally polarized beams can be manipulated through an electrical modulation of the guiding layer properties.

  8. "Unmanned” optical micromanipulation using waveguide microstructures

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


    that 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...... be shaped more arbitrarily, engineered light deflection could lead to more control in the resulting motion. We demonstrated this principle with the autonomous translation of bent waveguides though pre-defined light tracks. In our experiment, incoming light makes a near 90 degree turn, hence the resulting...

  9. Laser written waveguide photonic quantum circuits. (United States)

    Marshall, Graham D; Politi, Alberto; Matthews, Jonathan C F; Dekker, Peter; Ams, Martin; Withford, Michael J; O'Brien, Jeremy L


    We report photonic quantum circuits created using an ultrafast laser processing technique that is rapid, requires no lithographic mask and can be used to create three-dimensional networks of waveguide devices. We have characterized directional couplers--the key functional elements of photonic quantum circuits--and found that they perform as well as lithographically produced waveguide devices. We further demonstrate high-performance interferometers and an important multi-photon quantum interference phenomenon for the first time in integrated optics. This direct-write approach will enable the rapid development of sophisticated quantum optical circuits and their scaling into three-dimensions.

  10. Improving plasmonic waveguides coupling efficiency using nanoantennas

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    Andryieuski, Andrei; Malureanu, Radu; Bouillard, Jean-Sebastien


    Plasmonic waveguides bear a lot of potential for photonic applications. However, one of the challenges for implementing them in devices is the low coupling efficiency to and from optical fibers. We report on our approach to facilitate the coupling efficiency with the use of metallic nanoantennas....... The classical dipole antenna scheme can be improved by changing the nanoantenna geometry, adding constructive elements such as reflecting bars and mirrors and using arrays of antennas. The modelling designates that the coupling efficiency from a vertical fiber to a plasmonic waveguide can be improved more than...

  11. Physically correct theoretical prism waveguide coupler model. (United States)

    Liu, Tao; Samuels, Robert J


    We develop new generalized four-wave-model-based waveguide mode equations for both isotropic and anisotropic systems by taking into account the influence of the incident light. These new mode equations eliminate the inherent deficiency in the conventional waveguide model, in which the action of incident light was neglected. Further, a peak-value-search (PVS) numerical method is developed to solve the four-wave-model-based mode equations. The PVS method has significant advantages in that accurate refractive index and thickness can be obtained without prior knowledge of the thickness of the air gap.

  12. Nanoparticle sorting in silicon waveguide arrays (United States)

    Zhao, H. T.; Zhang, Y.; Chin, L. K.; Yap, P. H.; Wang, K.; Ser, W.; Liu, A. Q.


    This paper presents the optical fractionation of nanoparticles in silicon waveguide arrays. The optical lattice is generated by evanescent coupling in silicon waveguide arrays. The hotspot size is tunable by changing the refractive index of surrounding liquids. In the experiment, 0.2-μm and 0.5-μm particles are separated with a recovery rate of 95.76%. This near-field approach is a promising candidate for manipulating nanoscale biomolecules and is anticipated to benefit the biomedical applications such as exosome purification, DNA optical mapping, cell-cell interaction, etc.

  13. Localization of nonlinear excitations in curved waveguides

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    Gaididei, Yu. B.; Christiansen, Peter Leth; Kevrekidis, P. G.


    Motivated by the examples of a curved waveguide embedded in a photonic crystal and cold atoms moving in a waveguide created by a spatially inhomogeneous electromagnetic field, we examine the effects of geometry in a 'quantum channel' of parabolic form. Starting with the linear case we derive exact...... as well as approximate expressions for the eigenvalues and eigenfunctions of the linear problem. We then proceed to the nonlinear setting and its stationary states in a number of limiting cases that allow for analytical treatment. The results of our analysis are used as initial conditions in direct...

  14. Quantum Dots in Photonic Crystal Waveguides

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    Sollner, Immo Nathanael

    of this Thesis we discuss a novel type of photonic crystal waveguide and show its applications for on-chip quantum information processing. This structure was designed for the ecient mapping of two orthogonal circular dipole transitions to dierent propagation paths of the emitted photon, i.e. exhibits chiral...... quantum-dot-waveguide coupling. Such a structure is ideally suited for a number of applications in quantum information processing and among others we propose an on-chip spin-photon interface, a single photon transistor, and a deterministic cNOT gate....

  15. Tunable axial potentials for atom-chip waveguides (United States)

    Stickney, James A.; Imhof, Eric; Kasch, Brian; Kroese, Bethany; Crow, Jonathon A. R.; Olson, Spencer E.; Squires, Matthew B.


    We present a method for generating precise, dynamically tunable magnetic potentials that can be described by a polynomial series along the axis of a cold-atom waveguide near the surface of an atom chip. With a single chip design consisting of several wire pairs, various axial potentials can be created by changing the ratio of the currents in the wires, including double wells, triple wells, and pure harmonic traps with suppression of higher-order terms. We use this method to design and fabricate a chip with modest experimental requirements. Finally, we use the chip to demonstrate a double-well potential.

  16. Direct write fabrication of waveguides and interconnects for optical printed wiring boards (United States)

    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

  17. Research on materials for advanced electronic and aerospace application. [including optical and magnetic data processing, stress corrosion and H2 interaction, and polymeric systems (United States)


    Development and understanding of materials most suitable for use in compact magnetic and optical memory systems are discussed. Suppression of metal deterioration by hydrogen is studied. Improvement of mechanical properties of polymers is considered, emphasizing low temperature ductility and compatibility with high modulus fiber materials.

  18. Modal theory of slow light enhanced third-order nonlinear effects in photonic crystal waveguides. (United States)

    Chen, Tao; Sun, Junqiang; Li, Linsen


    In this paper, we derive the couple-mode equations for third-order nonlinear effects in photonic crystal waveguides by employing the modal theory. These nonlinear interactions include self-phase modulation, cross-phase modulation and degenerate four-wave mixing. The equations similar to that in nonlinear fiber optics could be expanded and applied for third-order nonlinear processes in other periodic waveguides. Based on the equations, we systematically analyze the group-velocity dispersion, optical propagation loss, effective interaction area, slow light enhanced factor and phase mismatch for a slow light engineered silicon photonic crystal waveguide. Considering the two-photon and free-carrier absorptions, the wavelength conversion efficiencies in two low-dispersion regions are numerically simulated by utilizing finite difference method. Finally, we investigate the influence of slow light enhanced multiple four-wave-mixing process on the conversion efficiency.

  19. Electrically tunable switching based on photonic-crystal waveguide loaded graphene stacks (United States)

    Liu, Hanqing; Liu, Peiguo; Bian, Li-an; Liu, Chenxi; Zhou, Qihui; Dong, Yanfei


    Through applying gate voltage to tune the chemical potential of graphene, the relative permittivity of multilayer graphene/Al2O3 stack can be dynamically adjusted over a wide range. In this paper, we mainly design novel photonic-crystal waveguides based on graphene stacks including a side-coupled waveguide with two defect cavities as well as a two-channel multiport waveguide, and aim to modulate the propagation of incident light wave via controlling the permittivity of graphene stack. It is demonstrated according to simulations that tunable switching property can be achieved in our proposed structures, such as blue shift of resonant stopband, adjustable coupled-resonator-induced transparency, and tunability of output quantity. These results could be very instructive for the potential applications in high-density integrated optical devices, photoelectric transducer, and laser pulse limiters.

  20. Realization of optical multimode TSV waveguides for Si-Interposer in 3D-chip-stacks (United States)

    Killge, S.; Charania, S.; Richter, K.; Neumann, N.; Al-Husseini, Z.; Plettemeier, D.; Bartha, J. W.


    Optical connectivity has the potential to outperform copper-based TSVs in terms of bandwidth at the cost of more complexity due to the required electro-optical and opto-electrical conversion. The continuously increasing demand for higher bandwidth pushes the breakeven point for a profitable operation to shorter distances. To integrate an optical communication network in a 3D-chip-stack optical through-silicon vertical VIAs (TSV) are required. While the necessary effort for the electrical/optical and vice versa conversion makes it hard to envision an on-chip optical interconnect, a chip-to-chip optical link appears practicable. In general, the interposer offers the potential advantage to realize electro-optical transceivers on affordable expense by specific, but not necessarily CMOS technology. We investigated the realization and characterization of optical interconnects as a polymer based waveguide in high aspect ratio (HAR) TSVs proved on waferlevel. To guide the optical field inside a TSV as optical-waveguide or fiber, its core has to have a higher refractive index than the surrounding material. Comparing different material / technology options it turned out that thermal grown silicon dioxide (SiO2) is a perfect candidate for the cladding (nSiO2 = 1.4525 at 850 nm). In combination with SiO2 as the adjacent polymer layer, the negative resist SU-8 is very well suited as waveguide material (nSU-8 = 1.56) for the core. Here, we present the fabrication of an optical polymer based multimode waveguide in TSVs proved on waferlevel using SU-8 as core and SiO2 as cladding. The process resulted in a defect-free filling of waveguide TSVs with SU-8 core and SiO2 cladding up to aspect ratio (AR) 20:1 and losses less than 3 dB.

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

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


    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.

  2. Isotropic band gaps and freeform waveguides observed in hyperuniform disordered photonic solids. (United States)

    Man, Weining; Florescu, Marian; Williamson, Eric Paul; He, Yingquan; Hashemizad, Seyed Reza; Leung, Brian Y C; Liner, Devin Robert; Torquato, Salvatore; Chaikin, Paul M; Steinhardt, Paul J


    Recently, disordered photonic media and random textured surfaces have attracted increasing attention as strong light diffusers with broadband and wide-angle properties. We report the experimental realization of an isotropic complete photonic band gap (PBG) in a 2D disordered dielectric structure. This structure is designed by a constrained optimization method, which combines advantages of both isotropy due to disorder and controlled scattering properties due to low-density fluctuations (hyperuniformity) and uniform local topology. Our experiments use a modular design composed of Al2O3 walls and cylinders arranged in a hyperuniform disordered network. We observe a complete PBG in the microwave region, in good agreement with theoretical simulations, and show that the intrinsic isotropy of this unique class of PBG materials enables remarkable design freedom, including the realization of waveguides with arbitrary bending angles impossible in photonic crystals. This experimental verification of a complete PBG and realization of functional defects in this unique class of materials demonstrate their potential as building blocks for precise manipulation of photons in planar optical microcircuits and has implications for disordered acoustic and electronic band gap materials.

  3. Generalized Plane Waves and Waveguide Modes in a Moving Isotropic Medium

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    Aalund, Mogens; Johannsen, Günther


    The Lorentz transformation of plane-wave-like solutions and general waveguide modes is analyzed. A propagation and attenuation tensor is introduced. General Doppler equations and invariant phase quantities are shown to be simple consequences of the formalism. The concept of dispersion is discussed...... and a covariant condition connected with this concept is given. Covariant wave equations and dispersion relations are derived in a simple manner. The dispersion relations are used to analyze some special waveguide solutions including cutoff phenomena. ©1971 The American Institute of Physics...

  4. Modeling of Yb3+-sensitized Er3+-doped silica waveguide amplifiers

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    Lester, Christian; Bjarklev, Anders Overgaard; Rasmussen, Thomas


    A model for Yb3+-sensitized Er3+-doped silica waveguide amplifiers is described and numerically investigated in the small-signal regime. The amplified spontaneous emission in the ytterbium-band and the quenching process between excited erbium ions are included in the model. For pump wavelengths...... between 860 and 995 nm, the amplified spontaneous emission in the ytterbium-band is found to reduce both the gain and the optimum length of the amplifier significantly. The achievable gain of the Yb3+-sensitized amplifier is found to be higher than in an Er3+-doped silica waveguide without Yb 3+ (18 d...

  5. Broadband high reflectivity in subwavelength-grating slab waveguides. (United States)

    Tian, Hao; Cui, Xuan; Du, Yan; Tan, Peng; Shi, Guang; Zhou, Zhongxiang


    We computationally study a subwavelength dielectric grating structure, show that slab waveguide modes can be used to obtain broadband high reflectivity, and analyze how slab waveguide modes influence reflection. A structure showing interference between Fabry-Perot modes, slab waveguide modes, and waveguide array modes is designed with ultra-broadband high reflectivity. Owing to the coupling of guided modes, the region with reflectivity R > 0.99 has an ultra-high bandwidth (Δf / ̅f > 30%). The incident-angle region with R > 0.99 extends over a range greater than 40°. Moreover, an asymmetric waveguide structure with a semiconductor substrate is studied.

  6. Optimization of optical losses in waveguide component manufacturing (United States)

    Swatowski, Brandon W.; Hyer, Maynard G.; Shepherd, Debra A.; Weidner, W. Ken; Degroot, Jon V.


    We report on the development and optimization of key performance properties of multimode silicone polymer waveguides, manufactured for 850 nm optical propagation. These developments are based on photopatternable, mechanically flexible, low-loss, gradient index waveguides. Cross sectional waveguide core sizes ranging from 40 μm x 50 μm to greater than 60 μm x 60 μm are assessed with optical analysis of component losses such as crossings and coupling between OM4 fiber and waveguide. Assessments of these values, led to optimization of waveguide size and lower total optical system losses. Methods of manufacture, preparation, and analysis are discussed in detail along with performance results.

  7. A reevaluation of the lineage development of Pararotalia and Praepararotalia including new material from the Rupelian of the southern Upper Rhine Graben (United States)

    Pirkenseer, C.; Spezzaferri, S.


    more rapid increase of chamber size. The necessity of a new genus is in discussion. The second group includes the small intermediate species as Pararotalia ishamae, characterized by inflated globular chambers, a general absence of a keel, partial development of small pseudospines and umbilical plugs. This group can be traced up to recent, as is indicated by the occurrence of small sized Pararotalia cananeiaensis (DEBENAY et al. 2001). Material from the research area (PIRKENSEER 2007), though of generally larger size is attributed to the Rupelian P. curryi. It however shows variation in the development of pseudospines, the lateral profile and umbilicus. The latter species may be a synonym of the similar Late Eocene P. parva. The third group consists only of Pararotalia spinigera (Lutetian) and Pararotalia canui (Rupelian) with an inflated angular lateral profile and a relatively large size. Material from the research area attributed to P. canui shows massive well-developed peripheral pseudospines, a strong umbilical plug and a rounded keel. Double pseudospines occur sporadically. The apertural lip is heavily toothed. The fourth group consists of species with a very angular lateral profile, conical chambers, distinct umbilical plug and a moderate to very large size (up to 600µm), ranging from the Thanetian (Pararotalia minimalis) at least to the Pliocene (P. padana, MANCIN et al. 2000). This reevaluation indicates the perseverance of the "primitive" group of Pararotalia macneilli until today. It thus contradicts a gradual development of the genus Pararotalia to more spineous, angular and larger forms. The latter morphogroup exists well defined since the Paleocene with representatives throughout the Paleogene and Neogene. This study was partly funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation projects 109457 and 118025. References: DEBENAY, J. P., DULEBA, W., BONETTI, C., et al. (2001): Pararotalia cananeiaensis n. sp.: indicator of marine influence and water circulation

  8. Integrated graphene waveguide modulators based on low-loss plasmonic slot waveguides

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    Xiao, Sanshui


    Graphene based electro-absorption modulators involving dielectric optical waveguides have been recently explored, suffering however from weak graphene-light interaction. Surface plasmon polaritons enable light concentration within subwavelength regions opening thereby new avenues for strengthening...... graphene-light interactions. I present novel integrated graphene plasmonic waveguide modulator showing high modulation depth and low insertion loss, thus giving a promising way to miniaturize the device without jeopardizing the performance of the device....

  9. An 8-Channel Wavelength MMI Demultiplexer in Slot Waveguide Structures

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    Bar Baruch Ben Zaken


    Full Text Available We propose a novel 8-channel wavelength multimode interference (MMI demultiplexer in slot waveguide structures that operate at 1530 nm, 1535 nm, 1540 nm, 1545 nm, 1550 nm, 1555 nm, 1560 nm, and 1565 nm. Gallium nitride (GaN surrounded by silicon (Si was found to be a suitable material for the slot-waveguide structures. The proposed device was designed by seven 1 × 2 MMI couplers, fourteen S-bands, and one input taper. Numerical investigations were carried out on the geometrical parameters using a full vectorial-beam propagation method (FV-BPM. Simulation results show that the proposed device can transmit 8-channel that works in the whole C-band (1530–1565 nm with low crosstalk (−19.97–−13.77 dB and bandwidth (1.8–3.6 nm. Thus, the device can be very useful in optical networking systems that work on dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM technology.

  10. Plasma synthesis of rare earth doped integrated optical waveguides

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    Raoux, S.; Anders, S.; Yu, K.M.; Brown, I.G. [Lawrence Berkeley Lab., CA (United States); Ivanov, I.C. [Charles Evans & Associates, Redwood City, CA (United States)


    We describe a novel means for the production of optically active planar waveguides. The makes use of a low energy plasma deposition. Cathodic-arc-produced metal plasmas the metallic components of the films and gases are added to form compound films. Here we discuss the synthesis of Al{sub 2{minus}x}ER{sub x}O{sub 3} thin films. The erbium concentration (x) can vary from 0 to 100% and the thickness of the film can be from Angstroms to microns. In such material, at high active center concentration (x=l% to 20%), erbium ions give rise to room temperature 1.53{mu}m emission which has minimum loss in silica-based optical fibers. With this technique, multilayer integrated planar waveguide structures can be grown, such as Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/Al{sub 2{minus}x}Er{sub x}O{sub 3}/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/Si, for example.

  11. Optical touch screen based on waveguide sensing

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


    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...

  12. Ultrafast Nonlinear Signal Processing in Silicon Waveguides

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    Oxenløwe, Leif Katsuo; Mulvad, Hans Christian Hansen; Hu, Hao


    We describe recent demonstrations of exploiting highly nonlinear silicon waveguides for ultrafast optical signal processing. We describe wavelength conversion and serial-to-parallel conversion of 640 Gbit/s data signals and 1.28 Tbit/s demultiplexing and all-optical sampling....

  13. Spatial solitons in nonlinear liquid waveguides

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    Spatial solitons are studied in a planar waveguide filled with nonlinear liquids. Spectral and spatial measurements for different geometries and input power of the laser beam show the influence of different nonlinear effects as stimulated scatterings on the soliton propagation and in particular on the beam polarization.

  14. Slow-light vortices in periodic waveguides

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    Sukhorukov, Andrey A.; Ha, Sangwoo; Desyatnikov, Anton S.


    We reveal that the reduction of the group velocity of light in periodic waveguides is generically associated with the presence of vortex energy flows. We show that the energy flows are gradually frozen for slow-light at the Brillouin zone edge, whereas vortices persist for slow-light states havin...

  15. Planar photonic crystal waveguides in silicon oxynitride

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    Liu, Haoling; Frandsen, Lars Hagedorn; Borel, Peter Ingo

    , at visible wavelengths they absorb light very strongly. In contrary, silicon oxynitride (SiON) glasses offer high transparency down to blue and ultraviolet wavelengths. Thus, SiON photonic crystal waveguides can open for new possibilities, e.g., within sensing and life sciences. We have fabricated Si...

  16. Spatial solitons in nonlinear liquid waveguides

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    Packard [15]. We present a study of the main experimental results we obtained in the last few years in nonlinear liquid waveguides. Polarization properties are particularly attractive, opening the door to applications in the field of optical switching and ...

  17. Hybrid modes in a square corrugated waveguide

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    Ohkubo, K.


    By using two scalar eigenfunctions, electric and magnetic fields in the rectangular (or square) corrugated waveguide are analyzed. In a rectangular corrugated waveguide, the boundary conditions on two corrugated and two smooth walls can be satisfied to excite the hybrid mode. In a highly oversized waveguide where the wavelength of dominant mode is close to that in vacuum, two smooth walls can be exchanged with the corrugated walls because the boundary condition at this walls is satisfied approximately. The replacement is possible due to almost no penetration of the electromagnetic fields into the gap of the replaced walls when the direction of main electric field is parallel to the gap of replaced walls. This characteristic enables us to rotate the polarization of the hybrid mode in the oversized square waveguide with all four corrugated walls and is applicable to the remote steering antenna for electron cyclotron heating in the ITER. For a beam injection larger than the critical angle in this antenna, excited higher modes are at a considerably different wavelength from that in vacuum and result in the dissatisfaction of boundary conditions due to millimeter-wave penetration into corrugation gaps in replaced walls. (author)

  18. Energy flow in photonic crystal waveguides

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    Søndergaard, Thomas; Dridi, Kim


    Theoretical and numerical investigations of energy flow in photonic crystal waveguides made of line defects and branching points are presented. It is shown that vortices of energy flow may occur, and the net energy flow along: the line defect is described via the effective propagation velocity...

  19. Single and Double Superconducting Coplanar Waveguide Resonators (United States)

    Zhao, Na; Liu, Jian-She; Li, Hao; Li, Tie-Fu; Chen, Wei


    Transmission characteristics of single and double coplanar waveguide (CPW) resonators are simulated. The crosstalk of two CPW resonators located on the same chip is observed in simulation as well as in low temperature measurement results. The crosstalk behaves as exponential attenuation versus the distance between two resonators.

  20. Control of resonances in photonic crystal waveguides

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    Lian, Jin


    Photonic crystal waveguides (PhCWG) with intentional defects and unavoidable disorder exhibit high quality factor (Q) resonances. Single- and multi-resonance systems based on them are suitable for applications such as optical memories, delay lines and cavity QED. Therefore, characterization, control

  1. Subwavelength line imaging using plasmonic waveguides

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    Podoliak, N.; Horak, P.; Prangsma, Jord; Pinkse, Pepijn Willemszoon Harry


    We investigate the subwavelength imaging capacity of a 2-D fanned-out plasmonic waveguide array, formed by air channels surrounded by gold metal layers for operation at near-infrared wavelengths, via finite-element simulations. High resolution is achieved on one side of the device by tapering down

  2. Multilayer Graphene for Waveguide Terahertz Modulator

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    Khromova, I.; Andryieuski, Andrei; Lavrinenko, Andrei


    We study terahertz to infrared electromagnetic properties of multilayer graphene/dielectric artificial medium and present a novel concept of terahertz modulation at midinfrared wavelengths. This approach allows the realization of high-speed electrically controllable terahertz modulators based...... on hollow waveguide sections filled with multilayer graphene....

  3. Two-dimensional Kagome photonic bandgap waveguide

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    Nielsen, Jens Bo; Søndergaard, Thomas; Libori, Stig E. Barkou


    The transverse-magnetic photonic-bandgap-guidance properties are investigated for a planar two-dimensional (2-D) Kagome waveguide configuration using a full-vectorial plane-wave-expansion method. Single-moded well-localized low-index guided modes are found. The localization of the optical modes...

  4. Wavelength conversion of QAM signals in a low loss CMOS compatible spiral waveguide

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    Da Ros, Francesco; Porto da Silva, Edson; Zibar, Darko


    We demonstrate wavelength conversion of quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM) signals, including 32-GBd quadrature phase-shift keying and 10-GBd 16-QAM, in a 50-cm long high index doped glass spiral waveguide. The quality of the generated idlers for up to 20 nm of wavelength shift is sufficient...

  5. Octave-spanning supercontinuum generation in a silicon-rich nitride waveguide

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    Liu, Xing; Zhou, Binbin; Bache, Morten


    We generate supercontinuum (817–2250 nm at −30dB) in a dispersion-engineered silicon-rich nitride waveguide by pumping fs pulses with 82 pJ from an erbium-fiber oscillator. Spectral broadening mechanisms include soliton fission and dispersive wave generation....

  6. Design and Realization Aspects of 1-THz Cascade Backward Wave Amplifier Based on Double Corrugated Waveguide

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    Paoloni, Claudio; Di Carlo, Aldo; Bouamrane, Fayçal


    The design and fabrication challenges in the first ever attempt to realize a 1-THz vacuum tube amplifier are described. Implementation of innovative solutions including a slow-wave structure in the form of a double corrugated waveguide, lateral tapered input and output couplers, deep X-ray LIGA f...

  7. General and efficient method for calculating modulation ressponses and noise spectra of active semiconductor waveguides

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    Blaaberg, Søren; Öhman, Filip; Mørk, Jesper


    We present a theoretical method for obtaining small-signal responses in a spatially resolved active semiconductor waveguide including finite end-facet reflectivities and amplified spontaneous emission. RF-modulation responses and output noise spectra of an SOA are shown....

  8. Optical nano-antennae as compact and efficient couplers from free-space to waveguide modes

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    Andryieuski, Andrei; Zenin, Volodymyr; Malureanu, Radu


    Optical nano-antennae are one of the possible solutions for coupling free-space radiation into subwavelength waveguides. Other possibilities include, among others, grating couplers and end-fire end couplers. Our efforts were concentrated on nano-antennae used for coupling IR light in the telecom ...

  9. Materialism. (United States)

    Melnyk, Andrew


    Materialism is nearly universally assumed by cognitive scientists. Intuitively, materialism says that a person's mental states are nothing over and above his or her material states, while dualism denies this. Philosophers have introduced concepts (e.g., realization and supervenience) to assist in formulating the theses of materialism and dualism with more precision, and distinguished among importantly different versions of each view (e.g., eliminative materialism, substance dualism, and emergentism). They have also clarified the logic of arguments that use empirical findings to support materialism. Finally, they have devised various objections to materialism, objections that therefore serve also as arguments for dualism. These objections typically center around two features of mental states that materialism has had trouble in accommodating. The first feature is intentionality, the property of representing, or being about, objects, properties, and states of affairs external to the mental states. The second feature is phenomenal consciousness, the property possessed by many mental states of there being something it is like for the subject of the mental state to be in that mental state. WIREs Cogn Sci 2012, 3:281-292. doi: 10.1002/wcs.1174 For further resources related to this article, please visit the WIREs website. Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  10. Modeling of all-optical 3x8 line decoder using optical Kerr effect in plasmonic metal-insulator-metal waveguides (United States)

    Singh, Lokendra; Bedi, Amna; Kumar, Santosh


    MIM plasmonic waveguides are considered in proposed work, due to their ability of confining the surface plasmons to deep subwavelength scale or beyond diffraction limit. By cascading various MIM waveguides Mach-Zehnder interferometer (MZI) is designed which has been used to design all-optical 3 × 8 line decoder. To attain the nonlinearity Kerr material has been used. The proposed device is studied and analyzed using finite-difference-time-domain (FDTD) method and MATLAB simulations.

  11. Ti:Sapphire waveguide lasers

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    Pollnau, Markus; Pashinin, P.P.; Grivas, C.; Laversenne, L.; Wilkinson, J.S.; Eason, R.W.; Shepherd, D.P.


    Titanium-doped sapphire is one of the most prominent laser materials and is appreciated for its excellent heat conductivity and broadband gain spectrum, allowing for a wide wavelength tunability and generation of ultrashort pulses. As one of the hardest materials, it can also serve as a model system

  12. Quantum-statistical approach to electromagnetic wave propagation and dissipation inside dielectric media, nanophotonic and plasmonic waveguides

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    Zloshchastiev, Konstantin G


    Quantum-statistical effects occur during the propagation of electromagnetic (EM) waves inside the dielectric media or metamaterials, which include a large class of nanophotonic and plasmonic waveguides with dissipation and noise. Exploiting the formal analogy between the Schroedinger equation and the Maxwell equations for dielectric linear media, we rigorously derive the effective Hamiltonian operator which describes such propagation. This operator turns out to be essentially non-Hermitian in general, and pseudo-Hermitian in some special cases. Using the density operator approach for general non-Hermitian Hamiltonians, we derive a master equation that describes the statistical ensembles of EM wave modes. The method also describes the quantum dissipative and decoherence processes which happen during the wave's propagation, and, among other things, it reveals the conditions that are necessary to control the energy and information loss inside the above-mentioned materials.

  13. 40 GHz RF biosensor based on microwave coplanar waveguide transmission line for cancer cells (HepG2) dielectric characterization. (United States)

    Chen, Yu-Fu; Wu, Hung-Wei; Hong, Yong-Han; Lee, Hsin-Ying


    This paper presents a 40-GHz RF biosensor that involves using a microwave coplanar waveguide (CPW) transmission line for the dielectric characterization of cancer cells (Hepatoma G2, HepG2). In the past, conventional resonator-based biosensors were designed to operate at a specific resonant peak; however, the dielectric sensitivity of the cells was restricted to a narrow bandwidth. To provide a very wide bandwidth (1-40 GHz), biosensors were based on a microwave CPW transmission line. The proposed biosensor can rapidly measure two frequency-dependent cell-based dielectric parameters of HepG2 cells, microwave attenuation (α(f)cell) and the dielectric constant (εr(f)cell), while removing the microwave parasitic effects (including the cultured medium and substrate materials). The proposed biosensor can be applied in postoperative cancer diagnosis. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  14. Development of low-loss mid-infrared ultrafast laser inscribed waveguides (United States)

    Madden, Gillian E.; Choudhury, Debaditya; MacPherson, William N.; Thomson, Robert R.


    The mid-infrared (mid-IR) is a spectral region (≈2 to 20 μm) that is of key importance in astronomy for applications such as exoplanet imaging and spectroscopic analysis. Long baseline stellar interferometry is the only imaging technique that offers the possibility to achieve milli-arcsecond angular resolution in the mid-IR. At the heart of such an interferometer is the beam combining instrument, which enables coherent beam combination of the signals from each baseline. In comparison to bulk-optic beam combiners, beam combiners that utilize photonic planar light wave circuits for interferometry provide a more scalable and stable platform. The current generation of beam combination circuits are fabricated using conventional fabrication technologies, using silica-based materials, and are thus not suitable for operation in the mid-IR. There is, therefore, a need to explore more unconventional waveguide fabrication technologies, capable of enabling the fabrication of low-loss mid-IR waveguides and photonic beam combining circuits. We report on the development of low-loss single-mode waveguides in a gallium lanthanum sulfide glass using ultrafast laser inscription. The optimum waveguides are found to exhibit a propagation loss of 0.25±0.05 dB cm-1.

  15. Slow-light enhanced subwavelength plasmonic waveguide refractive index sensors. (United States)

    Huang, Yin; Min, Changjun; Dastmalchi, Pouya; Veronis, Georgios


    We introduce slow-light enhanced subwavelength scale refractive index sensors which consist of a plasmonic metal-dielectric-metal (MDM) waveguide based slow-light system sandwiched between two conventional MDM waveguides. We first consider a MDM waveguide with small width structrue for comparison, and then consider two MDM waveguide based slow light systems: a MDM waveguide side-coupled to arrays of stub resonators system and a MDM waveguide side-coupled to arrays of double-stub resonators system. We find that, as the group velocity decreases, the sensitivity of the effective index of the waveguide mode to variations of the refractive index of the fluid filling the sensors as well as the sensitivities of the reflection and transmission coefficients of the waveguide mode increase. The sensing characteristics of the slow-light waveguide based sensor structures are systematically analyzed. We show that the slow-light enhanced sensors lead to not only 3.9 and 3.5 times enhancements in the refractive index sensitivity, and therefore in the minimum detectable refractive index change, but also to 2 and 3 times reductions in the required sensing length, respectively, compared to a sensor using a MDM waveguide with small width structure.

  16. Integration of atomic layer deposited nanolaminates on silicon waveguides (Conference Presentation) (United States)

    Autere, Anton; Karvonen, Lasse; Säynätjoki, Antti; Roussey, Matthieu; Roenn, John; Färm, Elina; Kemell, Marianna; Tu, Xiaoguang; Liow, Tsung-Yang; Lo, Patrick; Ritala, Mikko; Leskelä, Markku; Lipsanen, Harri; Honkanen, Seppo; Sun, Zhipei


    Despite all the eminent advantages of silicon photonics, other materials need to be integrated to fulfill the functions that are difficult to realize with silicon alone. This is because silicon has a low light emission efficiency and a low electro-optic coefficient, limiting the use of silicon as a material for light sources and modulators. A strong two-photon absorption (TPA) at high intensities also limits the use of silicon in applications exploiting nonlinear effects. In addition, signal amplification is needed to compensate the insertion and propagation losses in silicon nanowaveguides. To address these issues we have demonstrated the integration of atomic layer deposited nanolaminates on silicon waveguides. Firstly we demonstrate slot waveguide ring resonators patterned on a silicon-on-insulator (SOI) wafer coated with an atomic layer deposited organic/inorganic nanolaminate structure, which consists of alternating layers of tantalum pentoxide (Ta2O5) and polyimide (PI) [1]. These materials were selected since the ALD process for depositing Ta2O5/PI nanolaminate films is already available [2] and both materials exhibit high third order nonlinearities [3-4]. In our nanolaminate ring resonators, the optical power is not only confined in the narrow central air slot but also in several parallel sub-10 nm wide vertical polyimide slots. This indicates that the mode profiles in the silicon slot waveguide can be accurately tuned by the atomic layer deposition (ALD) method. Our results show that ALD of organic and inorganic materials can be combined with conventional silicon waveguide fabrication techniques to create slot waveguide ring resonators with varying mode profiles. Secondly we demonstrate the integration of atomic layer deposited erbium-doped aluminum oxide (Al2O3) nanolaminates on silicon waveguides. This method provides an efficient way for controlling the concentration and distribution of erbium ions. We have applied this method on silicon strip and slot

  17. Extremely large bandwidth and ultralow-dispersion slow light in photonic crystal waveguides with magnetically controllability

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    Pu, Shengli; Wang, Haotian; Wang, Ning


    of the lattice and the light speed in vacuum, respectively). Simultaneously, the normalized delay-bandwidth product is relatively large and almost invariant with magnetic field strength. It is indicated that using magnetic fluid as one of the constitutive materials of the photonic crystal structures can enable......A line-defect waveguide within a two-dimensional magnetic-fluid-based photonic crystal with 45o-rotated square lattice is presented to have excellent slow light properties. The bandwidth centered at $$ \\lambda_{0} $$ = 1,550 nm of our designed W1 waveguide is around 66 nm, which is very large than...... the magnetically fine tunability of the slow light in online mode. The concept and results of this work may give a guideline for studying and realizing tunable slow light based on the external-stimulus-responsive materials....

  18. Integrated graphene based modulators enabled by interfacing plasmonic slot and silicon waveguides

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    Xiao, Sanshui

    to direct more optical energy to the material interface where graphene could reside. We propose and demonstrate efficient graphene plasmonic waveguide electro-optical modulators, which are fully integrated with the silicon-on-insulator platform. We experimentally achieve the tunability of 0.13 d......Graphene has offered a new paradigm for extremely fast and active optoelectronic devices due to its unique electronic and optical properties [1]. With the combination of high-index dielectric waveguides/resonators, several integrated graphene-based optical modulators have already been demonstrated...... [2,3]. However, the optical modes in these systems are inherently strongly localized in the high-index materials, thus jeopardizing light-graphene interactions. Surface plasmon polaritons have been shown the ability to manipulate light in the nanoscale, while at the same time giving possibility...

  19. Quasi-phase-matched χ(3 )-parametric interactions in sinusoidally tapered waveguides (United States)

    Saleh, Mohammed F.


    In this article, I show how periodically tapered waveguides can be employed as efficient quasi-phase-matching schemes for four-wave mixing parametric processes in third-order nonlinear materials. As an example, a thorough study of enhancing third-harmonic generation in sinusoidally tapered fibers has been conducted. The quasi-phase-matching condition has been obtained for nonlinear parametric interactions in these structures using Fourier-series analysis. The dependencies of the conversion efficiency of the third harmonic on the modulation amplitude, tapering period, longitudinal-propagation direction, and pump wavelength have been studied. In comparison to uniform waveguides, the conversion efficiency has been enhanced by orders of magnitudes. I envisage that this work will have a great impact in the field of guided nonlinear optics using centrosymmetric materials.

  20. Pit Distribution Design for Computer-Generated Waveguide Holography (United States)

    Yagi, Shogo; Imai, Tadayuki; Ueno, Masahiro; Ohtani, Yoshimitsu; Endo, Masahiro; Kurokawa, Yoshiaki; Yoshikawa, Hiroshi; Watanabe, Toshifumi; Fukuda, Makoto


    Multilayered waveguide holography (MWH) is one of a number of page-oriented data multiplexing holographies that will be applied to optical data storage and three-dimensional (3D) moving images. While conventional volumetric holography using photopolymer or photorefractive materials requires page-by-page light exposure for recording, MWH media can be made by employing stamping and laminating technologies that are suitable for mass production. This makes devising an economical mastering technique for replicating holograms a key issue. In this paper, we discuss an approach to pit distribution design that enables us to replace expensive electron beam mastering with economical laser beam mastering. We propose an algorithm that avoids the overlapping of even comparatively large adjacent pits when we employ laser beam mastering. We also compensate for the angular dependence of the diffraction power, which strongly depends on pit shape, by introducing an enhancement profile so that a diffracted image has uniform intensity.

  1. Synthesis of the Thickness Profile of the Waveguide Layer of the Thin Film Generalized Waveguide Luneburg Lens

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    Ayryan E.A.


    Full Text Available A local variation in the thickness of the waveguide layer of integrated optics waveguide causes a local decrease of phase velocity, and hence bending of rays and of the wave front. The relationship of the waveguide layer thickness profile h (y, z with the distribution of the effective refractive index of the waveguide β (y, z is described in terms of a particular model of waveguide solutions of the Maxwell equations. In the model of comparison waveguides the support of the thickness irregularity of the waveguide layer Δh coincides with the support of inhomogeneity of the effective refractive index Δβ. A more adequate but more cumbersome model of the adiabatic waveguide modes allows them to mismatch supp Δh ⊃ supp Δβ. In this paper, we solve the problem of the Δh reconstruction on the base of given Δβ of the thin film generalized waveguide Luneburg lens in a model of adiabatic waveguide modes. The solution is found in the form of a linear combination of Gaussian exponential functions and in the form of a cubic spline for the cylindrically symmetric Δh (r and in the form of a cubic spline for Δβ (r.

  2. Sensitive Label-Free Biomolecular Detection Using Thin Silicon Waveguides

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    P. Cheben


    Full Text Available We review our work developing optical waveguide-based evanescent field sensors for the label-free, specific detection of biological molecules. Using high-index-contrast silicon photonic wire waveguides of submicrometer dimension, we demonstrate ultracompact and highly sensitive molecular sensors compatible with commercial spotting apparatus and microfluidic-based analyte delivery systems. We show that silicon photonic wire waveguides support optical modes with strong evanescent field at the waveguide surface, leading to strong interaction with surface bound molecules for sensitive response. Furthermore, we present new sensor geometries benefiting from the very small bend radii achievable with these high-index-contrast waveguides to extend the sensing path length, while maintaining compact size. We experimentally demonstrate the sensor performance by monitoring the adsorption of protein molecules on the waveguide surface and by tracking small refractive index changes of bulk solutions.

  3. Broadband photonic crystal waveguide 60 degrees bend obtained utilizing topology optimization. (United States)

    Frandsen, L; Harpøth, A; Borel, P; Kristensen, M; Jensen, J; Sigmund, O


    Topology optimization has been used to design a 60 degrees bend in a single-mode planar photonic crystal waveguide. The design has been realized in a silicon-on-insulator material and we demonstrate a record-breaking 200-nm transmission bandwidth with an average bend loss of 0.43+/-0.27 dB for the TE polarization. The experimental results agree well with 3D finite-difference-time-domain simulations.

  4. Realization of robust photonic crystal waveguides designed to reduce out-of-plane scattering

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    Arentoft, Jesper; Kristensen, Martin; Søndergaard, Thomas


    We have realized environmentally stable silicon-on-insulator based photonic crystal waveguides. The waveguide structure is designed to minimize scattering at semiconductor/hole interfaces. Transmission measurements and IR pictures indicate efficient guiding through straight and bent waveguides....

  5. Wideband slow-light modes for time delay of ultrashort pulses in symmetrical metal-cladding optical waveguide. (United States)

    Zheng, Yuanlin; Yuan, Wen; Chen, Xianfeng; Cao, Zhuangqi


    A widebandwidth optical delay line is a useful device for various fascinating applications, such as optical buffering and processing of ultrafast signal. Here, we experimentally demonstrated effective slow light of sub-picosecond signal over 10 THz frequency range by employing the wide slow light modes in thick symmetrical metal-cladding optical waveguide (SMCOW). Ultrahigh-order guided modes travelling as slow light in waveguide together with strong confinement provided by metal-cladding makes this scheme nearly material dispersion independent and compatible with wide bandwidth operation. © 2012 Optical Society of America

  6. Dispersive-wave-based octave-spanning supercontinuum generation in InGaP membrane waveguides on a silicon substrate. (United States)

    Dave, Utsav D; Ciret, Charles; Gorza, Simon-Pierre; Combrie, Sylvain; De Rossi, Alfredo; Raineri, Fabrice; Roelkens, Gunther; Kuyken, Bart


    We demonstrate the generation of an octave-spanning supercontinuum in InGaP membrane waveguides on a silicon substrate pumped by a 1550-nm femtosecond source. The broadband nature of the supercontinuum in these dispersion-engineered high-index-contrast waveguides is enabled by dispersive wave generation on both sides of the pump as well as by the low nonlinear losses inherent to the material. We also measure the coherence properties of the output spectra close to the pump wavelength and find that the supercontinuum is highly coherent at least in this wavelength range.

  7. Characterization of low loss microstrip resonators as a building block for circuit QED in a 3D waveguide (United States)

    Zoepfl, D.; Muppalla, P. R.; Schneider, C. M. F.; Kasemann, S.; Partel, S.; Kirchmair, G.


    Here we present the microwave characterization of microstrip resonators, made from aluminum and niobium, inside a 3D microwave waveguide. In the low temperature, low power limit internal quality factors of up to one million were reached. We found a good agreement to models predicting conductive losses and losses to two level systems for increasing temperature. The setup presented here is appealing for testing materials and structures, as it is free of wire bonds and offers a well controlled microwave environment. In combination with transmon qubits, these resonators serve as a building block for a novel circuit QED architecture inside a rectangular waveguide.

  8. Modeling of all-optical even and odd parity generator circuits using metal-insulator-metal plasmonic waveguides (United States)

    Singh, Lokendra; Bedi, Amna; Kumar, Santosh


    Plasmonic metal-insulator-metal (MIM) waveguides sustain excellent property of confining the surface plasmons up to a deep subwavelength scale. In this paper, linear and S-shaped MIM waveguides are cascaded together to design the model of Mach-Zehnder interferometer (MZI). Nonlinear material has been used for switching of light across its output ports. The structures of even and odd parity generators are projected by cascading the MZIs. Parity generator and checker circuit are used for error correction and detection in an optical communication system. Study and analysis of proposed designs are carried out by using the MATLAB simulation and finite-differencetime-domain (FDTD) method.

  9. Development of urine standard reference materials for metabolites of organic chemicals including polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, phthalates, phenols, parabens, and volatile organic compounds. (United States)

    Schantz, Michele M; Benner, Bruce A; Heckert, N Alan; Sander, Lane C; Sharpless, Katherine E; Vander Pol, Stacy S; Vasquez, Y; Villegas, M; Wise, Stephen A; Alwis, K Udeni; Blount, Benjamin C; Calafat, Antonia M; Li, Zheng; Silva, Manori J; Ye, Xiaoyun; Gaudreau, Éric; Patterson, Donald G; Sjödin, Andreas


    Two new Standard Reference Materials (SRMs), SRM 3672 Organic Contaminants in Smokers' Urine (Frozen) and SRM 3673 Organic Contaminants in Non-Smokers' Urine (Frozen), have been developed in support of studies for assessment of human exposure to select organic environmental contaminants. Collaborations among three organizations resulted in certified values for 11 hydroxylated polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (OH-PAHs) and reference values for 11 phthalate metabolites, 8 environmental phenols and parabens, and 24 volatile organic compound (VOC) metabolites. Reference values are also available for creatinine and the free forms of caffeine, theobromine, ibuprofen, nicotine, cotinine, and 3-hydroxycotinine. These are the first urine Certified Reference Materials characterized for metabolites of organic environmental contaminants. Noteworthy, the mass fractions of the environmental organic contaminants in the two SRMs are within the ranges reported in population survey studies such as the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) and the Canadian Health Measures Survey (CHMS). These SRMs will be useful as quality control samples for ensuring compatibility of results among population survey studies and will fill a void to assess the accuracy of analytical methods used in studies monitoring human exposure to these organic environmental contaminants.

  10. Development of urine standard reference materials for metabolites of organic chemicals including polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, phthalates, phenols, parabens, and volatile organic compounds (United States)

    Schantz, Michele M.; Benner, Bruce A.; Heckert, N. Alan; Sander, Lane C.; Sharpless, Katherine E.; Vander Pol, Stacy S.; Vasquez, Y.; Villegas, M.; Wise, Stephen A.; Alwis, K. Udeni; Blount, Benjamin C.; Calafat, Antonia M.; Li, Zheng; Silva, Manori J.; Ye, Xiaoyun; Gaudreau, Éric; Patterson, Donald G.; Sjödin, Andreas


    Two new Standard Reference Materials (SRMs), SRM 3672 Organic Contaminants in Smokers’ Urine (Frozen) and SRM 3673 Organic Contaminants in Non-Smokers’ Urine (Frozen), have been developed in support of studies for assessment of human exposure to select organic environmental contaminants. Collaborations among three organizations resulted in certified values for 11 hydroxylated polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (OH-PAHs) and reference values for 11 phthalate metabolites, 8 environmental phenols and parabens, and 24 volatile organic compound (VOC) metabolites. Reference values are also available for creatinine and the free forms of caffeine, theobromine, ibuprofen, nicotine, cotinine, and 3-hydroxycotinine. These are the first urine Certified Reference Materials characterized for metabolites of organic environmental contaminants. Noteworthy, the mass fractions of the environmental organic contaminants in the two SRMs are within the ranges reported in population survey studies such as the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) and the Canadian Health Measures Survey (CHMS). These SRMs will be useful as quality control samples for ensuring compatibility of results among population survey studies and will fill a void to assess the accuracy of analytical methods used in studies monitoring human exposure to these organic environmental contaminants. PMID:25651899

  11. Waveguide metacouplers for in-plane polarimetry

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    Pors, Anders


    The state of polarization (SOP) is an inherent property of the vectorial nature of light and a crucial parameter in a wide range of remote sensing applications. Nevertheless, the SOP is rather cumbersome to probe experimentally, as conventional detectors only respond to the intensity of the light, hence loosing the phase information between orthogonal vector components. In this work, we propose a new type of polarimeter that is compact and well-suited for in-plane optical circuitry, while allowing for immediate determination of the SOP through simultaneous retrieval of the associated Stokes parameters. The polarimeter is based on plasmonic phase-gradient birefringent metasurfaces that facilitate normal incident light to launch in-plane photonic waveguide modes propagating in six predefined directions with the coupling efficiencies providing a direct measure of the incident SOP. The functionality and accuracy of the polarimeter, which essentially is an all-polarization sensitive waveguide metacoupler, is confi...

  12. Ultralow-Loss CMOS Copper Plasmonic Waveguides. (United States)

    Fedyanin, Dmitry Yu; Yakubovsky, Dmitry I; Kirtaev, Roman V; Volkov, Valentyn S


    Surface plasmon polaritons can give a unique opportunity to manipulate light at a scale well below the diffraction limit reducing the size of optical components down to that of nanoelectronic circuits. At the same time, plasmonics is mostly based on noble metals, which are not compatible with microelectronics manufacturing technologies. This prevents plasmonic components from integration with both silicon photonics and silicon microelectronics. Here, we demonstrate ultralow-loss copper plasmonic waveguides fabricated in a simple complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) compatible process, which can outperform gold plasmonic waveguides simultaneously providing long (>40 μm) propagation length and deep subwavelength (∼λ(2)/50, where λ is the free-space wavelength) mode confinement in the telecommunication spectral range. These results create the backbone for the development of a CMOS plasmonic platform and its integration in future electronic chips.

  13. The LHC Beam Pipe Waveguide Mode Reflectometer

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    Kroyer, T; Caspers, Friedhelm; Sulek, Z; Williams, L R


    The waveguide-mode reflectometer for obstacle detection in the LHC beam pipe has been intensively used for more than 18 months. The â€ワAssembly” version is based on the synthetic pulse method using a modern vector network analyzer. It has mode selective excitation couplers for the first TE and TM mode and uses a specially developed waveguide mode dispersion compensation algorithm with external software. In addition there is a similar â€ワIn Situ” version of the reflectometer which uses permanently installed microwave couplers at the end of each of the nearly 3 km long LHC arcs. During installation a considerable number of unexpected objects have been found in the beam pipes and subsequently removed. Operational statistics and lessons learned are presented and the overall performance is discussed.

  14. Poling of planar silica-based waveguides

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    Arentoft, Jesper; Leistiko, Otto


    Planar silica-based waveguides were electrically poled at elevated temperatures and cooled with the field still applied. This procedure induced second-order nonlinear effects in the waveguides. Systematic studies of the dependence of the induced linear electro-optic effect on polilng temperature...... and the poling voltage were performed using a negative voltage on the top electrode. It was found that the optimum poling temperature is -430 C. A linear dependence of the induced linear electro-optic effect on the voltage was observed. The largest measured linear electro-optic coefficient was 0.07 pm/V. A model...... recorded with spatially resolved second-harmonic generation. Very large second-harmonic signals were obtained when poling with a positive voltage on a painted-on top electrode. Calibration of the signals to GaAs showed that the second-order nonlinear susceptibility of the poled glass corresponds to -48 pm...

  15. Single waveguide silicon-organic hybrid modulator (United States)

    Hoppe, Niklas; Rothe, Christian; Celik, Arda; Félix Rosa, María; Vogel, Wolfgang; Widmann, Daniel; Rathgeber, Lotte; Ruiz Delgado, M. Carmen; Villacampa, Belén; Ludwigs, Sabine; Berroth, Manfred


    We present a novel silicon-organic hybrid modulator based on an integrated dual-mode interferometer. The modulator offers a compact, simplified design and enhanced robustness to on-chip fluctuations of temperature compared to conventional Mach-Zehnder based systems. A prototype modulator showing a voltage dependent transmission spectrum is obtained by cladding a dual-mode waveguide in a 250 nm silicon-on-insulator technology with a customized organic electro-optic layer. Estimated phase shifts and corresponding figures of merit are discussed in this contribution. The used organic layer is based on the guest-host approach with customized donor-π-acceptor chromophore embedded and poled in a poly(methylmethacrylate) matrix. The presented prototype is to the best of the authors' knowledge the first integrated single waveguide silicon-organic hybrid modulator.

  16. Single waveguide silicon-organic hybrid modulator

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    N. Hoppe


    Full Text Available We present a novel silicon-organic hybrid modulator based on an integrated dual-mode interferometer. The modulator offers a compact, simplified design and enhanced robustness to on-chip fluctuations of temperature compared to conventional Mach-Zehnder based systems. A prototype modulator showing a voltage dependent transmission spectrum is obtained by cladding a dual-mode waveguide in a 250 nm silicon-on-insulator technology with a customized organic electro-optic layer. Estimated phase shifts and corresponding figures of merit are discussed in this contribution. The used organic layer is based on the guest-host approach with customized donor-π-acceptor chromophore embedded and poled in a poly(methylmethacrylate matrix. The presented prototype is to the best of the authors' knowledge the first integrated single waveguide silicon-organic hybrid modulator.

  17. Achromatic waveguide input/output coupler design. (United States)

    Spaulding, K E; Morris, G M


    An investigation into methods for achromatizing the coupling angle characteristics of waveguide input/output couplers is described. The basic approach involves correcting the inherent angular dispersion of conventional waveguide couplers with a diffraction grating. Two configurations are analyzed in detail: a hybrid prism/grating coupler and a double grating coupler. Expressions are derived for values of the grating parameters that produce achromatic coupling. A method is also presented to predict the achromatic wavelength range and maximize it with the available degrees of freedom. For a coupling angle tolerance of 0.005 degrees , it is found that with double grating couplers achromatic wavelength ranges of the order of 10 nm can be obtained, and that with prism/grating couplers this range can be as large as 200 nm.

  18. Hyperentangled photon sources in semiconductor waveguides

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    Kang, Dongpeng; Helt, L. G.; Zhukovsky, Sergei


    We propose and analyze the performance of a technique to generate mode and polarization hyperentangled photons in monolithic semiconductor waveguides using two concurrent type-II spontaneous parametric down-conversion (SPDC) processes. These two SPDC processes are achieved by waveguide engineering...... which allows for simultaneous modal phase matching with the pump beam in a higher-order mode. Paired photons generated in each process are cross polarized and guided by different guiding mechanisms, which produces entanglement in both polarization and spatial mode. Theoretical analysis shows...... that the output quantum state has a high quality of hyperentanglement by spectral filtering with a bandwidth of a few nanometers, while off-chip compensation is not needed. This technique offers a path to realize an electrically pumped hyperentangled photon source....

  19. Topology optimization of photonic crystal structures: a high-bandwidth low-loss T-junction waveguide

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    Jensen, Jakob Søndergaard; Sigmund, Ole


    A T junction in a photonic crystal waveguide is designed with the topology-optimization method. The gradientbased optimization tool is used to modify the material distribution in the junction area so that the power transmission in the output ports is maximized. To obtain high transmission in a la...... scheme to avoid nondiscrete properties in the design domain....

  20. Optical properties of silicon germanium waveguides at telecommunication wavelengths. (United States)

    Hammani, Kamal; Ettabib, Mohamed A; Bogris, Adonis; Kapsalis, Alexandros; Syvridis, Dimitris; Brun, Mickael; Labeye, Pierre; Nicoletti, Sergio; Richardson, David J; Petropoulos, Periklis


    We present a systematic experimental study of the linear and nonlinear optical properties of silicon-germanium (SiGe) waveguides, conducted on samples of varying cross-sectional dimensions and Ge concentrations. The evolution of the various optical properties for waveguide widths in the range 0.3 to 2 µm and Ge concentrations varying between 10 and 30% is considered. Finally, we comment on the comparative performance of the waveguides, when they are considered for nonlinear applications at telecommunications wavelengths.

  1. Complete spectral gap in coupled dielectric waveguides embedded into metal

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    Liu, Wei; Miroshnichenko, Andrey; Poulton, Chris; Xu, Zhiyong; Neshev, Dragomir; Kivshar, Yuri


    We study a plasmonic coupler involving backward (TM_01) and forward (HE_11) modes of dielectric waveguides embedded into infinite metal. The simultaneously achievable contradirectional energy flows and codirectional wavevectors in different channels lead to a spectral gap, despite the absence of periodic structures along the waveguide. We demonstrate that a complete spectral gap can be achieved in a symmetric structure composed of four coupled waveguides.


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    A. Palevicius


    Full Text Available Methods allowing investigation of vibrations of the stainless steel waveguide by combining noncontact techniques with the state-of-the-art multiphysics software are developed. The vibrations of the waveguide, used in nowadays surgery are examined by the aids of the holographic interferometry technique, vibrometer based on Doppler shift of backscattered laser light and the virtual model of the waveguide is created by the Comsol Multiphysics software. 

  3. Application of Finite Element Method to Analyze Inflatable Waveguide Structures (United States)

    Deshpande, M. D.


    A Finite Element Method (FEM) is presented to determine propagation characteristics of deformed inflatable rectangular waveguide. Various deformations that might be present in an inflatable waveguide are analyzed using the FEM. The FEM procedure and the code developed here are so general that they can be used for any other deformations that are not considered in this report. The code is validated by applying the present code to rectangular waveguide without any deformations and comparing the numerical results with earlier published results.

  4. Slow light in photonic crystal waveguides

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    Moulin, G.; Jacobsen, Rune Shim; Lavrinenko, Andrei

    report on the first experiments where a direct measure of the group velocity is performed; this is done by measuring the time delay of modulated light propagating through a photonic crystal waveguide. The structure is fabricated in silicon-on-insulator (SOI). A group index (c/vg) of up to almost 200 has...... been measured. Such a high group index makes the light-matter interaction extremely efficient, opening for new opportunities in micrometer-sized integrated lightwave circuits....

  5. Forerunning mode transition in a continuous waveguide


    Slepyan, Leonid; Ayzenberg-Stepanenko, Mark; Mishuris, Gennady


    We have discovered a new, forerunning mode transition as the periodic transition wave propagating in a uniform continuous waveguide. The latter is represented by an elastic beam separating from the elastic foundation under the action of sinusoidal waves. The critical displacement is the separation criterion. We show that the steady-state separation mode, where the separation front speed is independent of the wave amplitude, exists only in a bounded speed-dependent range of the wave amplitude....

  6. Developments in United Kingdom Waveguide Power Standards, (United States)


    of the Division of Electrical Science at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL). Since 1969 traceability for micro- wave attenuation, impedance, noise...inside of the mount and also produces good electrical continuity between the short circuit terminat- ing the mount and the waveguide walls. The mounts...microcalorimeter is shown in fig 3. This is a develop- 6ment of a microcalorimeter design described by Engen , and originally copied WATER BATH CHOPPER

  7. Nonlinear optical interactions in silicon waveguides

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    Kuyken B.


    Full Text Available The strong nonlinear response of silicon photonic nanowire waveguides allows for the integration of nonlinear optical functions on a chip. However, the detrimental nonlinear optical absorption in silicon at telecom wavelengths limits the efficiency of many such experiments. In this review, several approaches are proposed and demonstrated to overcome this fundamental issue. By using the proposed methods, we demonstrate amongst others supercontinuum generation, frequency comb generation, a parametric optical amplifier, and a parametric optical oscillator.

  8. Integrated Photonic Devices Incorporating Low-Loss Fluorinated Polymer Materials

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    Hyung-Jong Lee


    Full Text Available Low-loss polymer materials incorporating fluorinated compounds have been utilized for the investigation of various functional optical devices useful for optical communication and optical sensor systems. Since reliability issues concerning the polymer device have been resolved, polymeric waveguide devices have been gradually adopted for commercial application systems. The two most successfully commercialized polymeric integrated optic devices, variable optical attenuators and digital optical switches, are reviewed in this paper. Utilizing unique properties of optical polymers which are not available in other optical materials, novel polymeric optical devices are proposed including widely tunable external cavity lasers and integrated optical current sensors.

  9. Synergistically Enhanced Performance of Ultrathin Nanostructured Silicon Solar Cells Embedded in Plasmonically Assisted, Multispectral Luminescent Waveguides

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    Lee, Sung-Min; Dhar, Purnim; Chen, Huandong; Montenegro, Angelo; Liaw, Lauren; Kang, Dongseok; Gai, Boju; Benderskii, Alexander V.; Yoon, Jongseung


    Ultrathin silicon solar cells fabricated by anisotropic wet chemical etching of single-crystalline wafer materials represent an attractive materials platform that could provide many advantages for realizing high-performance, low-cost photovoltaics. However, their intrinsically limited photovoltaic performance arising from insufficient absorption of low-energy photons demands careful design of light management to maximize the efficiency and preserve the cost-effectiveness of solar cells. Herein we present an integrated flexible solar module of ultrathin, nanostructured silicon solar cells capable of simultaneously exploiting spectral upconversion and downshifting in conjunction with multispectral luminescent waveguides and a nanostructured plasmonic reflector to compensate for their weak optical absorption and enhance their performance. The 8 μm-thick silicon solar cells incorporating a hexagonally periodic nanostructured surface relief are surface-embedded in layered multispectral luminescent media containing organic dyes and NaYF4:Yb3+,Er3+ nanocrystals as downshifting and upconverting luminophores, respectively, via printing-enabled deterministic materials assembly. The ultrathin nanostructured silicon microcells in the composite luminescent waveguide exhibit strongly augmented photocurrent (~40.1 mA/cm2) and energy conversion efficiency (~12.8%) than devices with only a single type of luminescent species, owing to the synergistic contributions from optical downshifting, plasmonically enhanced upconversion, and waveguided photon flux for optical concentration, where the short-circuit current density increased by ~13.6 mA/cm2 compared with microcells in a nonluminescent medium on a plain silver reflector under a confined illumination.

  10. Influence of chemical polymer composition on integrated waveguide formation induced by excimer laser surface irradiation

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    Hessler, S.; Rosenberger, M.; Belle, S. [Applied Laser and Photonics Group, University of Applied Sciences Aschaffenburg, Wuerzburger Strasse 45, 63743 Aschaffenburg (Germany); Schmauss, B. [Institute of Microwaves and Photonics, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Cauerstrasse 9, 91058 Erlangen (Germany); Hellmann, R. [Applied Laser and Photonics Group, University of Applied Sciences Aschaffenburg, Wuerzburger Strasse 45, 63743 Aschaffenburg (Germany)


    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Optical analysis of two different PMMA materials. • Determination of the chemical polymer compositions via {sup 1}H NMR spectroscopy. • Comparison of UV induced refractive index profiles using phase-shifting interferometry. • Optical characterization of the irradiated surface: average roughness, surface compaction. • Cut-back attenuation measurements confirm superior light guiding performance. - Abstract: We show that the chemical composition and the amount of residual monomers in polymethylmethacrylate significantly affect the evolution of optical waveguide formation induced by UV surface irradiation. We employ an interferometric approach in Mach-Zehnder configuration to determine the refractive index depth profile in different planar polymethylmethacrylate materials. Our results reveal a distinctive different surface and buried waveguide formation for materials having different monomer content. In particular, we find that for smaller residual monomer content buried waveguide formation is less pronounced, which is in turn preferential for a selective light guidance in planar polymer structures. Attenuation measurements confirm a difference in attenuation coefficient of 0.5 dB/cm.

  11. Low-loss high-confinement waveguides and microring resonators in AlGaAs-on-insulator

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    Ottaviano, Luisa; Pu, Minhao; Semenova, Elizaveta


    microring resonators. Here, we report a process tomake high-quality AlGaAs-on-insulator (AlGaAsOI) waferswhere high confinement waveguides can be realized. Using optimized patterning processes, we fabricated AlGaAsOI waveguides with propagation losses as low as 1 dB/cmand microring resonators with quality......AlGaAs is a promising material for integrated nonlinearphotonics due to its intrinsic high nonlinearity. However,the challenging fabrication of deep etched AlGaAs devices makes it difficult to realize high-performance devices such as low-loss dispersion engineered waveguides and high quality...... factors up to 350,000 at telecom wavelengths. Our demonstration opens new prospects for AlGaAs devices in integrated nonlinear photonics....

  12. Small sensitivity to temperature variations of Si-photonic Mach-Zehnder interferometer using Si and SiN waveguides

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    Tatsurou eHiraki


    Full Text Available We demonstrated a small sensitivity to temperature variations of delay-line Mach-Zehnder interferometer (DL MZI on a Si photonics platform. The key technique is to balance a thermo-optic effect in the two arms by using waveguide made of different materials. With silicon and silicon nitride waveguides, the fabricated DL MZI with a free-spectrum range of ~40 GHz showed a wavelength shift of -2.8 pm/K with temperature variations, which is 24 times smaller than that of the conventional Si-waveguide DL MZI. We also demonstrated the decoding of the 40-Gbit/s differential phase-shift keying signals to on-off keying signals with various temperatures. The tolerable temperature variation for the acceptable power penalty was significantly improved due to the small wavelength shifts.

  13. The study of ultrasonic reflex-radar waveguide coolant level gage for a nuclear reactor


    Mel'Nikov, V.I.; Ivanov, V. V.; Teplyashin, I.A.


    Results of experimental study of operation of ultrasonic reflex-radar waveguide level gage in water coolant at elevated parameters with pressure up to 18MPa and temperature up to 350°C are examined. In contrast to the known waveguide level gages, traveltime of acoustic pulses along the waveguide from the radiator to the subsurface layer and back is measured in the level gage under study. Waveguide consists of two acoustically isolated waveguides – the radiating waveguide and the receiving ...

  14. Corrective Action Investigation Plan for Corrective Action Unit 529: Area 25 Contaminated Materials, Nevada Test Site, Nevada, Rev. 0, Including Record of Technical Change No. 1

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    This Corrective Action Investigation Plan contains the U.S. Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration Nevada Site Office's approach to collect the data necessary to evaluate corrective action alternatives appropriate for the closure of Corrective Action Unit (CAU) 529, Area 25 Contaminated Materials, Nevada Test Site (NTS), Nevada, under the Federal Facility Agreement and Consent Order. CAU 529 consists of one Corrective Action Site (25-23-17). For the purpose of this investigation, the Corrective Action Site has been divided into nine parcels based on the separate and distinct releases. A conceptual site model was developed for each parcel to address the translocation of contaminants from each release. The results of this investigation will be used to support a defensible evaluation of corrective action alternatives in the corrective action decision document.

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

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    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 requires the optimization of optical forces and optical torques that, in turn, requires the optimization of the underlying light-matter interaction [1]. We have previously proposed and demonstrated micro-targeted light-delivery and the opto-mechanical capabilities of so-called wave-guided optical...... 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...

  16. Multifunctional logic gates based on silicon hybrid plasmonic waveguides (United States)

    Cui, Luna; Yu, Li


    Nano-scale Multifunctional Logic Gates based on Si hybrid plasmonic waveguides (HPWGs) are designed by utilizing the multimode interference (MMI) effect. The proposed device is composed of three input waveguides, three output waveguides and an MMI waveguide. The functional size of the device is only 1000 nm × 3200 nm, which is much smaller than traditional Si-based all-optical logic gates. By setting different input signals and selecting suitable threshold value, OR, AND, XOR and NOT gates are achieved simultaneously or individually in a single device. This may provide a way for ultrahigh speed signal processing and future nanophotonic integrated circuits.

  17. Tailoring Dispersion properties of photonic crystal waveguides by topology optimization

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    Stainko, Roman; Sigmund, Ole


    The paper describes a systematic method for the tailoring of dispersion properties of slab-based photonic crystal waveguides. The method is based on the topology optimization method which consists in repeated finite element frequency domain analyzes, analytical sensitivity analyzes and gradient...... based design updates. The goal of the optimization process is to come up with slow light, zero group velocity dispersion photonic waveguides or photonic waveguides with tailored dispersion properties for dispersion compensation purposes. Two examples concerning reproduction of a specific dispersion...... curve and design of a wide bandwidth, constant low group velocity waveguide demonstrate the efficiency of the method....

  18. Resonant Photonic States in Coupled Heterostructure Photonic Crystal Waveguides

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    Sabarinathan J


    Full Text Available Abstract In this paper, we study the photonic resonance states and transmission spectra of coupled waveguides made from heterostructure photonic crystals. We consider photonic crystal waveguides made from three photonic crystals A, B and C, where the waveguide heterostructure is denoted as B/A/C/A/B. Due to the band structure engineering, light is confined within crystal A, which thus act as waveguides. Here, photonic crystal C is taken as a nonlinear photonic crystal, which has a band gap that may be modified by applying a pump laser. We have found that the number of bound states within the waveguides depends on the width and well depth of photonic crystal A. It has also been found that when both waveguides are far away from each other, the energies of bound photons in each of the waveguides are degenerate. However, when they are brought close to each other, the degeneracy of the bound states is removed due to the coupling between them, which causes these states to split into pairs. We have also investigated the effect of the pump field on photonic crystal C. We have shown that by applying a pump field, the system may be switched between a double waveguide to a single waveguide, which effectively turns on or off the coupling between degenerate states. This reveals interesting results that can be applied to develop new types of nanophotonic devices such as nano-switches and nano-transistors.

  19. Rectangular waveguide-to-coplanar waveguide transitions at U-band using e-plane probe and wire bonding

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    Dong, Yunfeng; Johansen, Tom Keinicke; Zhurbenko, Vitaliy


    This paper presents rectangular waveguide-to-coplanar waveguide (CPW) transitions at U-band (40–60 GHz) using E-plane probe and wire bonding. The designs of CPWs based on quartz substrate with and without aluminum cover are explained. The single and double layer rectangular waveguide-to-CPW...... transitions using E-plane probe and wire bonding are designed. The proposed rectangular waveguide-to-CPW transition using wire bonding can provide 10 GHz bandwidth at U-band and does not require extra CPWs or connections between CPWs and chips. A single layer rectangular waveguide-to-CPW transition using E......-plane probe with aluminum package has been fabricated and measured to validate the proposed transitions. To the authors' best knowledge, this is the first time that a wire bonding is used as a probe for rectangular waveguide-to-CPW transition at U-band....

  20. Fast dynamic waveguides and waveguide arrays in photorefractive Sn(2)P(2)S(6) induced by visible light. (United States)

    Juvalta, Flurin; Mosimann, Roger; Jazbinsek, Mojca; Günter, Peter


    We report on dynamic waveguides and waveguide arrays induced beneath the surface of electro-optic Sn(2)P(2)S(6) crystals by visible light at 514 nm. The waveguide structures are generated by interband photoexcitation and drift or diffusion charge transport mechanism. These structures are probed nondestructively in the transverse direction with a beam at a longer wavelength. We measured the fastest formation of light induced waveguides in the visible up to now. The recording times are below 200 mus for intensities above 0.1 W/cm2. By interfering two light beams, dynamic waveguide arrays are generated with waveguide spacings of 7 microm. If an electric field is applied to the crystal, these arrays can be spatially shifted by 1.5 mum for an applied field of E(0) = 1 kV/cm.

  1. Polarizability extraction of complementary metamaterial elements in waveguides for aperture modeling (United States)

    Pulido-Mancera, Laura; Bowen, Patrick T.; Imani, Mohammadreza F.; Kundtz, Nathan; Smith, David


    We consider the design and modeling of metasurfaces that couple energy from guided waves to propagating wave fronts. To this purpose, we develop a comprehensive, multiscale dipolar interpretation for large arrays of complementary metamaterial elements embedded in a waveguide structure. Within this modeling technique, the detailed electromagnetic response of each metamaterial element is replaced by a polarizable dipole, described by means of an effective polarizability. In this paper, we present two methods to extract this effective polarizability. The first method invokes surface equivalence principles, averaging over the effective surface currents and charges induced in the element's surface in order to obtain the effective dipole moments, from which the effective polarizability can be inferred. The second method is based in the coupled-mode theory, from which a direct relationship between the effective polarizability and the amplitude coefficients of the scattered waves can be deduced. We demonstrate these methods on several variants of waveguide-fed metasurface elements (both one- and two-dimensional waveguides), finding excellent agreement between the two, as well as with the analytical expressions derived for circular and elliptical irises. With the effective polarizabilities of the metamaterial elements accurately determined, the radiated fields generated by a waveguide-fed metasurface can be found self-consistently by including the interactions between polarizable dipoles. The dipole description provides an effective perspective and computational framework for engineering metasurface structures such as holograms, lenses, and beam-forming arrays, among others.

  2. Inkjet printed ferrite-filled rectangular waveguide X-band isolator

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    Farooqui, Muhammad Fahad


    For the first time, a rectangular waveguide (RWG) isolator realized through inkjet printing on a ferrite substrate is presented. Yttrium iron garnet (YIG) substrate is used for the realization of the ferrite-filled isolator. Contrary to the substrate integrated waveguide (SIW) approach, all four walls of the waveguide have been inkjet printed on the YIG substrate demonstrating the utility of inkjet printing process for realizing non-planar microwave components. The isolation is achieved by applying an anti-symmetrical DC magnetic bias to the ferrite-filled waveguide which then exhibits a unidirectional mode of operation. The isolator is fed by a microstrip to RWG transition and demonstrates an isolation figure-of-merit (IFM) of more than 51 dB in the operating band from 9.95 GHz to 11.73 GHz with a very high peak IFM of 69 dB. The minimum insertion loss in the operating band is 2.73 dB (including losses from the transitions). The isolator measures 33 mm × 8 mm × 0.4 mm. This work introduces an inkjet printed non-planar microwave device which is easy to fabricate showing the ability of inkjet printing for fabricating complex microwave systems. © 2014 IEEE.

  3. A Comparative Density Functional Theory and Density Functional Tight Binding Study of Phases of Nitrogen Including a High Energy Density Material N8

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    Nicholas Capel


    Full Text Available We present a comparative dispersion-corrected Density Functional Theory (DFT and Density Functional Tight Binding (DFTB-D study of several phases of nitrogen, including the well-known alpha, beta, and gamma phases as well as recently discovered highly energetic phases: covalently bound cubic gauche (cg nitrogen and molecular (vdW-bound N8 crystals. Among several tested parametrizations of N–N interactions for DFTB, we identify only one that is suitable for modeling of all these phases. This work therefore establishes the applicability of DFTB-D to studies of phases, including highly metastable phases, of nitrogen, which will be of great use for modelling of dynamics of reactions involving these phases, which may not be practical with DFT due to large required space and time scales. We also derive a dispersion-corrected DFT (DFT-D setup (atom-centered basis parameters and Grimme dispersion parameters tuned for accurate description simultaneously of several nitrogen allotropes including covalently and vdW-bound crystals and including high-energy phases.

  4. Continuing Spanish in Grade Four: MLA Teacher's Guide. A Course of Study Including Methods, Materials, and Aids for Teaching Conversational Spanish to Fourth-Grade Children. (United States)

    Thompson, Mary P.; And Others

    This is the second volume in a series of texts in a conversational Spanish course for elementary school children. Fourteen basic units present introductory linguistic patterns and cultural insights into the lives of the Spanish people. They include: (1) Review Unit 1, (2) Review Unit 2, (3) Special Unit A--"Cristobal Colon," (4) Review Unit 3, (5)…

  5. Continuing Spanish in Grade Five: MLA Teacher's Guide. A Course of Study Including Methods, Materials, and Aids for Teaching Conversational Spanish to Fifth-Grade Children. (United States)

    Thompson, Mary P.; And Others

    This is the third volume in a series of texts in a conversational Spanish course for elementary school children. Nine basic units present introductory linguistic patterns and cultural insights into the lives of the Spanish people. They include: (1) Review Unit 1, ("Cristobal Colon"), (2) Review Unit 2, (3) "Un Accidente,""La Navidad," and…

  6. Luminescence and Gain in Co-Sputtered Al2O3 Erbium-Doped Waveguides

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    Johnson, Klein


    Rare earth doping of planar waveguides may potentially yield very compact optical amplifiers, lasers, and amplified spontaneous emission light sources, as well as zero insertion loss waveguide routers...

  7. Tunable Multilayer Graphene Metamaterials for Terahertz/Infrared Waveguide Modulators

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    Khromova, Irina; Andryieuski, Andrei; Lavrinenko, Andrei

    of radiation. Various approaches have been proposed for THz/IR amplitude, phase, spatial and temporal profile modulation, including the employment of metamaterials [1] and, recently, one-atom-thick graphene [2]. Most of the proposed modulators, including graphene-based ones, are developed for free...... regimes of multilayer graphene-dielectric artificial metamaterials. The interplay between interband and intraband transitions in graphene allows converting the structure into a transparent and/or electromagnetically dense artificial medium. The gate voltage can be used to electrically control...... the concentration of carriers in the graphene sheets and, thus, efficiently change the dispersion of the whole structure. Placed inside a hollow waveguide, a multilayer graphene/dielectric metamaterial provides high-speed modulation and tunable bandpass filtering. The absence of scattered radiation enables dense...

  8. A directional coupling scheme for efficient coupling between Si3N4 photonic and hybrid slot-based plasmonic waveguides (United States)

    Ketzaki, D.; Dabos, G.; Weeber, J. C.; Dereux, A.; Tsiokos, D.; Pleros, N.


    Slot-based plasmonic waveguides have attracted significant attention owing to their unique ability to confine light within nanometer-scale. In this context, enhanced localized light-matter interaction and control have been exploited to demonstrate novel concepts in data communication and sensing applications revealing the immense potential of plasmonic slot waveguides. However, inherent light absorption in the metallic parts included is such structures hampers the scaling of plasmonic devices and limits their application diversity. A promising solution of such issues is the use of hybrid plasmo-photonic configurations. Hybrid slot waveguides have been introduced as the means to reduce such propagation losses while maintaining their functional advantages. In addition, their co-integration with low-loss photonic waveguides can enable the development of more complex structures with acceptable overall losses. In such scenario, light needs to be efficiently transferred from the photonic to the plasmonic components and/or backwards. Based on this rationale, in this work a hybrid slot-based structure is adopted to achieve highly efficient light transfer between photonic and plasmonic slot waveguides in the near-infrared spectrum region (λ=1550 nm). This transition is realized with the aid of a directional coupling scheme. For this purpose, a Si3N4 bus waveguide (photonic branch) is located below an Aubased metallic slot (plasmonic branch) forming a hybrid waveguide element. The combined configuration, as it is shown with the aid of numerical simulations , is capable of supporting two hybrid guided modes with quasi-even and odd symmetry allowing the development of a power exchange mechanism between the two branches. In this context, a new directional coupling structure has been designed which can achieve power transmission per transition over 68% within a coupling length of the order of just several microns.

  9. A Hybrid Circuit for Spoof Surface Plasmons and Spatial Waveguide Modes to Reach Controllable Band-Pass Filters. (United States)

    Zhang, Qian; Zhang, Hao Chi; Wu, Han; Cui, Tie Jun


    We propose a hybrid circuit for spoof surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs) and spatial waveguide modes to develop new microwave devices. The hybrid circuit includes a spoof SPP waveguide made of two anti-symmetric corrugated metallic strips and a traditional substrate integrated waveguide (SIW). From dispersion relations, we show that the electromagnetic waves only can propagate through the hybrid circuit when the operating frequency is less than the cut-off frequency of the SPP waveguide and greater than the cut-off frequency of SIW, generating efficient band-pass filters. We demonstrate that the pass band is controllable in a large range by designing the geometrical parameters of SPP waveguide and SIW. Full-wave simulations are provided to show the large adjustability of filters, including ultra wideband and narrowband filters. We fabricate a sample of the new hybrid device in the microwave frequencies, and measurement results have excellent agreements to numerical simulations, demonstrating excellent filtering characteristics such as low loss, high efficiency, and good square ratio. The proposed hybrid circuit gives important potential to accelerate the development of plasmonic integrated functional devices and circuits in both microwave and terahertz frequencies.

  10. Waveguiding with surface plasmon polaritons

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    Han, Zhanghua; Bozhevolnyi, Sergey I.


    Surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs) are electromagnetic modes propagating along metal-dielectric interfaces. Various SPP modes can be supported by flat and curved, single and multiple surfaces, exhibiting remarkable properties, including the possibility of concentrating electromagnetic fields beyond...

  11. Complex of automated equipment and technologies for waveguides soldering using induction heating (United States)

    Murygin, A. V.; Tynchenko, V. S.; Laptenok, V. D.; Emilova, O. A.; Bocharov, A. N.


    The article deals with the problem of designing complex automated equipment for soldering waveguides based on induction heating technology. A theoretical analysis of the problem, allowing to form a model of the «inductor-waveguide» system and to carry out studies to determine the form of inducing wire, creating a narrow and concentrated heat zone in the area of the solder joint. Also solves the problem of the choice of the temperature control means, the information from which is used later to generate the effective management of induction soldering process. Designed hardware complex in conjunction with the developed software system is a system of automatic control, allowing to manage the process of induction heating, to prevent overheating and destruction of the soldered products, improve the stability of induction soldering process, to improve the quality of products, thereby reducing time and material costs for the production.

  12. Slot silicon-gallium nitride waveguide in MMI structures based 1x8 wavelength demultiplexer (United States)

    Ben Zaken, Bar Baruch; Zanzury, Tal; Malka, Dror


    We propose a novel 8-channel wavelength multimode interference (MMI) demultiplexer in slot waveguide structures that operated at 1530 nm, 1535 nm, 1540 nm, 1545 nm, 1550 nm, 1555 nm, 1560 nm and 1565 nm wavelengths. Gallium nitride (GaN) surrounded by silicon (Si) was founded as suitable materials for the slot-waveguide structures. The proposed device was designed by seven 1x2 MMI couplers, fourteen S-band and one input taper. Numerical investigations were carried out on the geometrical parameters by using a full vectorial-beam propagation method (FVBPM). Simulation results show that the proposed device can transmit 8-channel that works in the whole C-band (1530- 1565 nm) with low crosstalk ((-19.97)-(-13.77) dB) and bandwidth (1.8-3.6 nm). Thus, the device can be very useful in optical networking systems that work on dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) technology.

  13. Solution of Cavity Resonance and Waveguide Scattering Problems Using the Eigenmode Projection Technique

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    Nasr, Mamdouh H; Eshrah, Islam A; Abuelfadl, Tamer M


    An eigenmode projection technique (EPT) is developed and employed to solve problems of electromagnetic resonance in closed cavities and scattering from discontinuities in guided-wave structures. The EPT invokes the eigenmodes of a canonical predefined cavity in the solution procedure and uses the expansion of these eigenmodes to solve Maxwell's equations, in conjunction with a convenient choice of port boundary conditions. For closed cavities, resonance frequencies of arbitrary-shaped cavities are accurately determined with a robust and efficient separation method of spurious modes. For waveguide scattering problems, the EPT is combined with the generalized scattering matrix approach to solve problems involving waveguide discontinuities with arbitrary dielectric profiles. Convergence studies show stable solutions for a relatively small number of expansion modes, and the proposed method shows great robustness over conventional solvers in analyzing electromagnetic problems with inhomogeneous materials.

  14. Lightwave Circuits in Lithium Niobate through Hybrid Waveguides with Silicon Photonics (United States)

    Weigel, Peter O.; Savanier, Marc; Derose, Christopher T.; Pomerene, Andrew T.; Starbuck, Andrew L.; Lentine, Anthony L.; Stenger, Vincent; Mookherjea, Shayan


    We demonstrate a photonic waveguide technology based on a two-material core, in which light is controllably and repeatedly transferred back and forth between sub-micron thickness crystalline layers of Si and LN bonded to one another, where the former is patterned and the latter is not. In this way, the foundry-based wafer-scale fabrication technology for silicon photonics can be leveraged to form lithium-niobate based integrated optical devices. Using two different guided modes and an adiabatic mode transition between them, we demonstrate a set of building blocks such as waveguides, bends, and couplers which can be used to route light underneath an unpatterned slab of LN, as well as outside the LN-bonded region, thus enabling complex and compact lightwave circuits in LN alongside Si photonics with fabrication ease and low cost.

  15. The sensitivity of surface polaritons in LHM-antiferromagnetic waveguide sensors

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    El-Khozondar, Hala J., E-mail: [Electrical Engineering Department, Islamic University, P.O.Box 108, Gaza, Palestine (Country Unknown); Al-Sahhar, Zeyad I., E-mail: [Physics Department, Al-Aqsa University, Gaza, Palestine (Country Unknown); Shabat, Mohamad M., E-mail: [Physics Department, Islamic University, Gaza, Palestine (Country Unknown)


    A three-layer waveguide structure sensor consisting of LHMs film surrounded by dielectric cladding and antiferromagnetic substrate is proposed. Left-handed materials (LHMs) known as Metamaterials (MTMs) have simultaneous negative permeability and permittivity. The dispersion relation for the structure is derived for TE modes only. The sensitivity is calculated for surface waves at the interface between LHM film and dielectric layer. Two ranges of frequencies are chosen such that the Voigt permeability, μ{sub v}, is either negative or positive. The sensitivity is proven to be affected by different parameters including the film thickness, LHM parameters, and Voigt permittivity. The results show that the proposed structure is sensitive to small changes in the cladding indicating that the structure is working as a sensor with high sensitivity. The parameters at which maximum sensitivity occur are obtained. - Highlights: • The homogenous sensitivity is used to measure the sensitivity of the structure. • Sensitivity changes as the value of Voigt permittivity, μ{sub v}, changes sign. • The sensitivity is affected by the film thickness and the LHM parameters. • The three-layered sensor has high sensitivity and compact structure. • The parameters at which we achieved maximum sensitivity are obtained.

  16. Quantum walks of photon pairs in twisted waveguide arrays (United States)

    Vavulin, D. N.; Sukhorukov, A. A.


    We consider an array of closely spaced optical waveguides, which are twisted around a central axis along the propagation direction. We derive Schrodinger-type equation of the biphoton wavefunction, taking into account the waveguide bending through the appearance of additional phase in the coupling coefficients. We present an example of the evolution of quantum photon-pair state.

  17. Time-resolved THz spectroscopy in a parallel plate waveguide

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    Cooke, David; Jepsen, Peter Uhd


    We demonstrate time-resolved terahertz spectroscopy inside a novel parallel plate waveguide where one of the metallic plates is replaced by a transparent conducting oxide. Considerable improvements to the waveguide loss coefficient are shown, with a power absorption coefficient of 4cm-1 at 0.5 THz...

  18. Slow Light at High Frequencies in an Amplifying Semiconductor Waveguide

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    Öhman, Filip; Yvind, Kresten; Mørk, Jesper


    We demonstrate slow-down of a modulated light signal in a semiconductor waveguide. Concatenated amplifying and absorbing sections simultaneously achieve both amplification and a controllable time delay at 15 GHz.......We demonstrate slow-down of a modulated light signal in a semiconductor waveguide. Concatenated amplifying and absorbing sections simultaneously achieve both amplification and a controllable time delay at 15 GHz....

  19. A Waveguide Transverse Broad Wall Slot Radiating Between Baffles

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    Dich, Mikael; Rengarajan, S.R.


    An analysis of the self impedance of waveguide-fed transverse slots radiating between baffles is presented. The region exterior to the slot is treated as a parallel plate (PP) waveguide which radiates into half space through an aperture in an infinite ground plane. The slot problem is analyzed...

  20. Nanoimprinted Long-range Surface Plasmon Polariton Waveguide Components

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    Johansen, Dan Mario; Boltasseva, A.; Nielsen, Theodor


    We report on the fabrication by nanoimprint lithography (NIL) and performance of metal stripe waveguides embedded in a polymer, capable of supporting long-range surface plasmon polariton (LRSPP) propagation.......We report on the fabrication by nanoimprint lithography (NIL) and performance of metal stripe waveguides embedded in a polymer, capable of supporting long-range surface plasmon polariton (LRSPP) propagation....