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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 10 — May. 12, 2008
  • pp: 7189–7196

Observation of extraordinary optical activity in planar chiral photonic crystals

Kuniaki Konishi, Benfeng Bai, Xiangfeng Meng, Petri Karvinen, Jari Turunen, Yuri. P. Svirko, and Makoto Kuwata-Gonokami  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 10, pp. 7189-7196 (2008)

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Control of light polarization is a key technology in modern photonics including application to optical manipulation of quantum information. The requisite is to obtain large rotation in isotropic media with small loss. We report on extraordinary optical activity in a planar dielectric on-waveguide photonic crystal structure, which has no in-plane birefringence and shows polarization rotation of more than 25 degrees for transmitted light. We demonstrate that in the planar chiral photonic crystal, the coupling of the normally incident light wave with low-loss waveguide and Fabry-Pérot resonance modes results in a dramatic enhancement of the optical activity.

© 2008 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(230.5440) Optical devices : Polarization-selective devices
(050.5298) Diffraction and gratings : Photonic crystals

ToC Category:
Photonic Crystals

Original Manuscript: March 13, 2008
Revised Manuscript: April 17, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: April 30, 2008
Published: May 2, 2008

Kuniaki Konishi, Benfeng Bai, Xiangfeng Meng, Petri Karvinen, Jari Turunen, Yuri P. Svirko, and Makoto Kuwata-Gonokami, "Observation of extraordinary optical activity in planar chiral photonic crystals," Opt. Express 16, 7189-7196 (2008)

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