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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 17 — Aug. 20, 2007
  • pp: 10890–10902

Confinement of band-edge modes in a photonic crystal slab

Frédéric Bordas, M. J. Steel, Christian Seassal, and Adel Rahmani  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 17, pp. 10890-10902 (2007)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.15.010890


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Abstract

We study the confinement of low group velocity band-edge modes in a photonic crystal slab. We use a rigorous, three dimensional, finite-difference time-domain method to compute the electromagnetic properties of the modes of the photonic structures. We show that by combining a defect mode approach with the high-density of states associated with band-edge modes, one can design compact, fabrication-tolerant, high-Q photonic microcavities. The electromagnetic confinement properties of these cavities can foster enhanced radiation dynamics and should be well suited for ultralow-threshold microlasers and cavity quantum electrodynamics.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(140.5960) Lasers and laser optics : Semiconductor lasers
(230.3990) Optical devices : Micro-optical devices
(230.5750) Optical devices : Resonators

ToC Category:
Photonic Crystals

History
Original Manuscript: April 24, 2007
Revised Manuscript: June 11, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: June 11, 2007
Published: August 15, 2007

Citation
Frédéric Bordas, M. J. Steel, Christian Seassal, and Adel Rahmani, "Confinement of band-edge modes in a photonic crystal slab," Opt. Express 15, 10890-10902 (2007)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-15-17-10890


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