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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 52, Iss. 4 — Feb. 1, 2013
  • pp: 889–896

Ultracompact, narrowband three-dimensional plasmonic waveguide Bragg grating in metal/multi-insulator/metal configuration

Yin-Jung Chang and Chun-Yu Chen  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 52, Issue 4, pp. 889-896 (2013)

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Ultracompact three-dimensional (3D) waveguide plasmonic Bragg gratings in a metal/multi-insulator/metal (MMIM) configuration with sinusoidal width modulations are presented. A semi-analytical approach from the eigenvalue problem and finite transmission-line network perspectives is described to facilitate the 3D designs with Bragg wavelength errors being within the range of 0.12%–3.99%. A narrowband design operating in the 1550 nm band with a FWHM bandwidth of 10.8 nm and an extinction ratio of approximately 12 dB is numerically demonstrated within a footprint of <17μm2 (10 periods). Unlike other types of plasmonic Bragg gratings, the bandwidth is increased as the MMIM grating length increases. The number of distinct plasmonic z-directed Poynting vector patterns within one period is found to be identical to the corresponding Bragg order. Narrowband characteristics are attributed to delicate, concurrent contra-flow interactions in and between photonic and plasmonic modes occurring simultaneously in multiple places within one period.

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OCIS Codes
(050.2770) Diffraction and gratings : Gratings
(250.5403) Optoelectronics : Plasmonics
(130.7408) Integrated optics : Wavelength filtering devices

ToC Category:
Diffraction and Gratings

Original Manuscript: November 6, 2012
Revised Manuscript: December 25, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: December 27, 2012
Published: February 1, 2013

Yin-Jung Chang and Chun-Yu Chen, "Ultracompact, narrowband three-dimensional plasmonic waveguide Bragg grating in metal/multi-insulator/metal configuration," Appl. Opt. 52, 889-896 (2013)

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