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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 14 — Jul. 15, 2013
  • pp: 16552–16560

In-line rainbow trapping based on plasmonic gratings in optical microfibers

Chunying Guan, Jinhui Shi, Ming Ding, Pengfei Wang, Ping Hua, Libo Yuan, and Gilberto Brambilla  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 14, pp. 16552-16560 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.21.016552


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Abstract

In-line rainbow trapping is demonstrated in an optical microfiber with a plasmonic grating. The dispersions of x- and y-polarized surface plasmon polariton (SPP) modes are analyzed in detail by the 3D finite element method (FEM). In this system, the incident light is coupled from an optical microfiber into a graded grating. The plasmonic structure shows strong localization as the dispersion curve approaches cut-off frequency. Gradually increasing the depth or width of the grating elements ensures that the cut-off frequency of the SPP mode varies with the position along the microfiber. Near-infrared light at different frequencies can be trapped in different spatial positions. The in-line rainbow trapping is important for potential applications including optical storage, slow light, optical switch and enhanced light-matter interactions in fiber integrated devices and highly integrated optical circuits.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2340) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics components
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(060.3735) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber Bragg gratings
(060.4005) Fiber optics and optical communications : Microstructured fibers

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

History
Original Manuscript: May 3, 2013
Revised Manuscript: June 2, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: June 5, 2013
Published: July 2, 2013

Citation
Chunying Guan, Jinhui Shi, Ming Ding, Pengfei Wang, Ping Hua, Libo Yuan, and Gilberto Brambilla, "In-line rainbow trapping based on plasmonic gratings in optical microfibers," Opt. Express 21, 16552-16560 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-21-14-16552


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