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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 11, Iss. 13 — Jun. 30, 2003
  • pp: 1490–1496

Coupled-mode theory and propagation losses in photonic crystal waveguides

S. Olivier, H. Benisty, C. Weisbuch, C. J. M. Smith, T. F. Krauss, and R. Houdré  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 11, Issue 13, pp. 1490-1496 (2003)

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Mode coupling phenomena, manifested by transmission “mini-stopbands”, occur in two-dimensional photonic crystal channel waveguides. The huge difference in the group velocities of the coupled modes is a new feature with respect to the classical Bragg reflection occurring, e.g., in distributed feedback lasers. We show that an adequate ansatz of the classical coupled-mode theory remarkably well accounts for this new phenomenon. The fit of experimental transmission data from GaAs-based photonic crystal waveguides then leads to an accurate determination of the propagation losses of both fundamental and higher, low-group-velocity modes.

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OCIS Codes
(130.0130) Integrated optics : Integrated optics
(230.7380) Optical devices : Waveguides, channeled

ToC Category:
Research Papers

Original Manuscript: May 13, 2003
Revised Manuscript: June 11, 2003
Published: June 30, 2003

Segolene Olivier, H. Benisty, C. Weisbuch, C. Smith, T. Krauss, and R. Houdre, "Coupled-mode theory and propagation losses in photonic crystal waveguides," Opt. Express 11, 1490-1496 (2003)

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  1. S. Olivier, M. Rattier, H. Benisty, C. Weisbuch, C. J. M. Smith, R. M. De La Rue, T. F. Krauss, U. Oesterle and R. Houdré, �??Mini stopbands of a one dimensional system: the channel waveguide in a two-dimensional photonic crystal,�?? Phys. Rev. B 63, 113311 (2001). [CrossRef]
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