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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 20 — Oct. 1, 2007
  • pp: 13404–13414

Excitation of a single hollow waveguide mode using inhomogeneous anisotropic subwavelength structures

Yaniv Yirmiyahu, Avi Niv, Gabriel Biener, Vladimir Kleiner, and Erez Hasman  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 20, pp. 13404-13414 (2007)

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We propose and analyze a general approach for coupling a free space uniformly polarized beam to a desired hollow waveguide mode, thus enabling a single mode operation. The required spatial polarization state manipulation is achieved by use of inhomogeneous anisotropic subwavelength structures. Demonstration is obtained by coupling a linearly polarized CO2 laser beam at a wavelength of 10.6μm to the TE 01 , TM 01 , EH 11 , EH 21 , and EH 31 modes of a 300μm diameter dielectric-coated hollow metallic waveguide. Full polarization and intensity analysis of the beam at the waveguide’s inlet and outlet ports indicates a high coupling efficiency to a single waveguide mode. Finally, shaping the waveguide mode to a nearly diffraction limited linearly polarized beam and to a radially polarized vectorial vortex are also demonstrated.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(050.2770) Diffraction and gratings : Gratings
(060.2390) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics, infrared
(230.5440) Optical devices : Polarization-selective devices
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: August 1, 2007
Revised Manuscript: September 17, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: September 17, 2007
Published: September 28, 2007

Yaniv Yirmiyahu, Avi Niv, Gabriel Biener, Vladimir Kleiner, and Erez Hasman, "Excitation of a single hollow waveguide mode using inhomogeneous anisotropic subwavelength structures," Opt. Express 15, 13404-13414 (2007)

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