A multilayer antiresonance reflecting optical waveguide (ARROW) channel waveguide geometry, believed to be novel, is proposed for enhancing the evanescent field in low-index materials. The finite-difference method is used in the analysis of the structure. The fraction of the fundamental TE-like-mode power in the low-index material (air) is used as a measure of the evanescent field enhancement. The calculated results suggest that the evanescent field of the fundamental TE-like mode can be significantly increased in air while the low modal loss that characterizes the leaky nature of the structure is maintained. The results also suggest that a semivectorial approach to this problem is adequate for analysis of the proposed waveguide structure.
© 2002 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: June 26, 2001
Revised Manuscript: October 22, 2001
Published: March 1, 2002
Husain A. Jamid, "Multilayer ARROW channel waveguide for evanescent field enhancement in low-index media," Appl. Opt. 41, 1385-1390 (2002)