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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 16 — Jul. 30, 2012
  • pp: 17509–17521

Embedded metallic focus grating for silicon nitride waveguide with enhanced coupling and directive radiation

Lingyun Wang, Youmin Wang, and Xiaojing Zhang  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 16, pp. 17509-17521 (2012)

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We design a compact embedded metallic elliptical focus grating coupler based on gold or silver that efficiently interconnects free space with silicon nitride waveguide at 632.8nm wavelength. The 3D far-field radiation pattern for the proposed grating coupler shows much higher gain and directivity towards free space coupling than that of the etched grating coupler. Specifically the free space transmission efficiency achieves 65% for silver grating coupler. It can also further enhance the fluorescence signal detection for Cy-5 fluorophore by isolating peak diffraction angle for 10°. The dense system integration capability shows the application potential for on-chip interfacing sub-wavelength light processing circuits and near-field fluorescent biosensors with far-field detection of superb radiation directivity and coupling efficiency.

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OCIS Codes
(050.2770) Diffraction and gratings : Gratings
(130.0130) Integrated optics : Integrated optics

ToC Category:
Integrated Optics

Original Manuscript: April 12, 2012
Revised Manuscript: May 24, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: July 9, 2012
Published: July 18, 2012

Lingyun Wang, Youmin Wang, and Xiaojing Zhang, "Embedded metallic focus grating for silicon nitride waveguide with enhanced coupling and directive radiation," Opt. Express 20, 17509-17521 (2012)

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