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  • Editor: Franco Gori
  • Vol. 30, Iss. 9 — Sep. 1, 2013
  • pp: 1901–1904

Conical reflection of light during free-space coupling into a symmetrical metal-cladding waveguide

Yuanlin Zheng, Zhuangqi Cao, and Xianfeng Chen  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 30, Issue 9, pp. 1901-1904 (2013)

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Novel conical reflection of light by a thick three-layered metal-clad optical waveguide is observed. A symmetrical metal-cladding optical waveguide is used, which exhibits extraordinary conical reflection during free-space coupling of light to the waveguide. The phenomenon is attributed to the leakage of excited ultrahigh-order guided modes and their inter- and intramode coupling interaction.

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OCIS Codes
(230.7400) Optical devices : Waveguides, slab
(310.2790) Thin films : Guided waves

ToC Category:
Optical Devices

Original Manuscript: May 14, 2013
Revised Manuscript: August 8, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: August 10, 2013
Published: August 30, 2013

Yuanlin Zheng, Zhuangqi Cao, and Xianfeng Chen, "Conical reflection of light during free-space coupling into a symmetrical metal-cladding waveguide," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 30, 1901-1904 (2013)

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