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Journal of the Optical Society of America B

Journal of the Optical Society of America B

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  • Editor: Henry van Driel
  • Vol. 27, Iss. 5 — May. 1, 2010
  • pp: 956–965

Vectorial nonlinear propagation in silicon nanowire waveguides: polarization effects

Brian A. Daniel and Govind P. Agrawal  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA B, Vol. 27, Issue 5, pp. 956-965 (2010)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAB.27.000956


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Abstract

A comprehensive theory is developed for describing the nonlinear propagation of optical pulses through silicon waveguides with nanoscale dimensions. Our theory includes not only the vectorial nature of optical modes but also the coupling between the transverse electric and magnetic modes occurring for arbitrarily polarized optical fields. We have studied the dependence of relevant nonlinear parameters on waveguide dimensions and found a class of waveguide geometries for which self-phase modulation can have a dramatic impact on the polarization state of the optical field. Self-induced polarization changes are studied for both the continuous and pulsed optical fields propagating in silicon waveguides. We also discuss the possibility of using these effects for intensity discrimination and pulse compression.

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OCIS Codes
(130.4310) Integrated optics : Nonlinear
(190.4390) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, integrated optics
(190.5940) Nonlinear optics : Self-action effects
(230.4320) Optical devices : Nonlinear optical devices

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

History
Original Manuscript: January 28, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: March 2, 2010
Published: April 20, 2010

Citation
Brian A. Daniel and Govind P. Agrawal, "Vectorial nonlinear propagation in silicon nanowire waveguides: polarization effects," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 27, 956-965 (2010)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josab/abstract.cfm?URI=josab-27-5-956

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