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Journal of the Optical Society of America A


  • Editor: Steven A. Burns
  • Vol. 24, Iss. 9 — Sep. 1, 2007
  • pp: 2710–2718

Transverse-electric/transverse-magnetic polarization converter using 1D finite biaxial photonic crystal

Noama Ouchani, Driss Bria, Bahram Djafari-Rouhani, and Abdelkarim Nougaoui  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 24, Issue 9, pp. 2710-2718 (2007)

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We show that by using a one-dimensional anisotropic photonic structure, it is possible to realize optical wave polarization conversion by reflection and transmission processes. Thus a single incident S ( P ) polarized plane wave can produce a single reflected P ( S ) polarized wave and a single transmitted P ( S ) polarized wave. This polarization conversion property can be fulfilled with a simple finite superlattice (SL) constituted of anisotropic dielectric materials. We discuss the appropriate choices of the material and geometrical properties to realize such structures. The transmission and reflection coefficients are calculated in the framework of the Green’s function method. The amplitude and the polarization characteristics of reflected and transmitted waves are determined as functions of frequency, wave vector k (parallel to the interface), and the orientations of the principal axes of the layers constituting the SL. Specific applications of these results are given for a SL consisting of alternating biaxial anisotropic layers Na N O 2 Sb S I sandwiched between two identical semi-infinite isotropic media.

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OCIS Codes
(160.1190) Materials : Anisotropic optical materials
(230.4170) Optical devices : Multilayers
(230.5440) Optical devices : Polarization-selective devices
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

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Original Manuscript: November 16, 2006
Revised Manuscript: April 19, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: April 20, 2007
Published: July 31, 2007

Noama Ouchani, Driss Bria, Bahram Djafari-Rouhani, and Abdelkarim Nougaoui, "Transverse-electric/transverse-magnetic polarization converter using 1D finite biaxial photonic crystal," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 24, 2710-2718 (2007)

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