We show that gratings can be designed to be symmetry selective, that is, reflecting modes with a particular symmetry. The idea behind a symmetry-selective grating is to replace a grating written over the entire core cross section of a waveguide with a grating that is written only over a part of the core. This new kind of grating exhibits high-order reflectivity and selectivity in comparison with standard gratings and enables the design of more effective and compact wavelength add/drop devices.
© 2005 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: November 24, 2004
Revised Manuscript: January 26, 2005
Manuscript Accepted: January 27, 2005
Published: August 1, 2005
Snjezana Tomljenovic-Hanic and John D. Love, "Symmetry-selective reflection gratings," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 22, 1615-1619 (2005)