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Journal of the Optical Society of America A


  • Editor: Stephen A. Burns
  • Vol. 26, Iss. 3 — Mar. 1, 2009
  • pp: 559–565

Systematic study of the mirror effect in a poly-Si subwavelength periodic membrane

Tian Sang, Li Wang, Shiyin Ji, Yiqin Ji, Hong Chen, and Zhanshan Wang  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 26, Issue 3, pp. 559-565 (2009)

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By using the equivalent eigenvalue equation of a waveguide grating, the mirror effect ( Δ λ λ > 15 % ) with very high reflectivity ( R > 99 % ) based on guided-mode resonance (GMR) effects in a poly-Si subwavelength periodic membrane is obtained, and the reflection performance of the poly-Si subwavelength periodic membrane is systematically studied. It is shown that the equivalent eigenvalue equation of a waveguide grating can provide a solid starting point for designing the broadband grating with very high reflectivity. The physical mechanisms of broadband reflection of the strongly modulated waveguide grating structures are investigated theoretically and the important role of multiple GMRs for a broad reflection band is discussed in detail. By using the overlap of a resonance pair in which leaky waveguide modes TE 0 and TE 1 are excited by the strong first diffraction order, enhanced reflection occurs and a flat reflection band with high reflectivity can be achieved by adding a poly-Si thin film under the grating. The grating period, the grating thickness, and the layer thickness do not change the mirror effect except for the incident angle and the filling factor. A flat band with high reflectivity centered near 1.55 μ m is designed to demonstrate this concept.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(050.2770) Diffraction and gratings : Gratings
(230.3990) Optical devices : Micro-optical devices
(050.6624) Diffraction and gratings : Subwavelength structures

ToC Category:
Diffraction and Gratings

Original Manuscript: September 3, 2008
Revised Manuscript: December 20, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: December 28, 2008
Published: February 18, 2009

Tian Sang, Li Wang, Shiyin Ji, Yiqin Ji, Hong Chen, and Zhanshan Wang, "Systematic study of the mirror effect in a poly-Si subwavelength periodic membrane," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 26, 559-565 (2009)

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