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APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Editor: James C. Wyant
  • Vol. 47, Iss. 30 — Oct. 20, 2008
  • pp: 5682–5690

Integrated photonic coupler based on frustrated total internal reflection

Nathan R. Huntoon, Marc P. Christensen, Duncan L. MacFarlane, Gary A. Evans, and C. S. Yeh  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 47, Issue 30, pp. 5682-5690 (2008)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.47.005682


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Abstract

An optical coupler for integrated photonic circuits is presented and analyzed. The coupler is based on frustrated total internal reflection (FTIR) and offers high efficiency in a compact footprint. Analytic expressions for the transmission and reflection coefficients of the coupler are obtained using a plane-wave theory and experimentally verified. Finite-difference time-domain modeling of FTIR is discussed and modeling results of the coupler are presented. A parametric discussion of the FTIR coupler provides design tools for making 3 dB couplers.

© 2008 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(130.3120) Integrated optics : Integrated optics devices
(260.6970) Physical optics : Total internal reflection

ToC Category:
Integrated Optics

History
Original Manuscript: May 16, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: August 14, 2008
Published: October 16, 2008

Citation
Nathan R. Huntoon, Marc P. Christensen, Duncan L. MacFarlane, Gary A. Evans, and C. S. Yeh, "Integrated photonic coupler based on frustrated total internal reflection," Appl. Opt. 47, 5682-5690 (2008)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-47-30-5682


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