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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 12, Iss. 6 — Mar. 22, 2004
  • pp: 1025–1035

Single-mode guiding properties of subwavelength-diameter silica and silicon wire waveguides

Limin Tong, Jingyi Lou, and Eric Mazur  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 12, Issue 6, pp. 1025-1035 (2004)

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Single-mode optical wave guiding properties of silica and silicon subwavelength-diameter wires are studied with exact solutions of Maxwell’s equations. Single mode conditions, modal fields, power distribution, group velocities and waveguide dispersions are studied. It shows that air-clad subwavelength-diameter wires have interesting properties such as tight-confinement ability, enhanced evanescent fields and large waveguide dispersions that are very promising for developing future microphotonic devices with subwavelength-width structures.

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OCIS Codes
(000.4430) General : Numerical approximation and analysis
(060.2430) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fibers, single-mode
(230.7370) Optical devices : Waveguides
(350.3950) Other areas of optics : Micro-optics

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Original Manuscript: February 13, 2004
Revised Manuscript: March 8, 2004
Published: March 22, 2004

Limin Tong, Jingyi Lou, and Eric Mazur, "Single-mode guiding properties of subwavelength-diameter silica and silicon wire waveguides," Opt. Express 12, 1025-1035 (2004)

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