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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 5 — Mar. 5, 2007
  • pp: 2055–2066

Recursion formula for reflectance and the enhanced effect on the light group velocity control of the stratified and phase-shifted volume index gratings

Guoquan Zhang, Weiyue Che, Bin Han, and Yiling Qi  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 5, pp. 2055-2066 (2007)

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We derived a recursion formula for the reflectance of the stratified and phase-shifted volume index gratings. The characteristics of the reflectance spectra of the stratified and phase-shifted volume index gratings were studied based on the recursion formula. It is shown that narrow bandwidth transparency peaks appear within the stop-band of the reflectance spectrum of the volume index gratings due to the intervention of the homogeneous buffer layers that induce the phase-shifts between neighboring volume index gratings. The spectral positions of the transparency peaks can be shifted within the stop-band by controlling the phase-shift, i.e., the buffer layer thickness. The described properties may find applications in addressable band-pass filter, switching, wavelength division multiplexing, and de-multiplexing. The dispersion near the transparency peaks of the stratified and phase-shifted volume index grating is found to be sharply enhanced as compared to the uniform volume index gratings. Significantly enhanced control on the group velocity of light by several orders of magnitude while keeping high transmittance is demonstrated in the stratified and phase-shifted volume index grating.

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OCIS Codes
(050.2770) Diffraction and gratings : Gratings
(060.1810) Fiber optics and optical communications : Buffers, couplers, routers, switches, and multiplexers
(230.4170) Optical devices : Multilayers
(260.2030) Physical optics : Dispersion

ToC Category:
Diffraction and Gratings

Original Manuscript: November 14, 2006
Revised Manuscript: January 12, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: January 12, 2007
Published: March 5, 2007

Guoquan Zhang, Weiyue Che, Bin Han, and Yiling Qi, "Recursion formula for reflectance and the enhanced effect on the light group velocity control of the stratified and phase-shifted volume index gratings," Opt. Express 15, 2055-2066 (2007)

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