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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 22 — Oct. 29, 2007
  • pp: 14363–14368

A broad-angle polarization beam splitter based on a simple dielectric periodic structure

Yuan Zhang, Yurong Jiang, Wei Xue, and Sailing He  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 22, pp. 14363-14368 (2007)

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We propose a novel broad-angle polarization beam splitter utilizing the spatial dispersion of a special multi-layered dielectric periodic structure. The equal-frequency contours of this structure are flat lines for TE polarization but curved lines for TM polarization at a designed frequency. This special multi-layered structure has a fixed optical thickness for TE polarization for all incident angles. A polarization beam splitter working over a broad range of angle (from 0° to 70°) is achieved by stacking two such multi-layered structures of finite length (in the normal direction) with a half-period shift in the transverse direction.

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OCIS Codes
(260.2110) Physical optics : Electromagnetic optics
(230.5298) Optical devices : Photonic crystals
(130.5440) Integrated optics : Polarization-selective devices

ToC Category:
Photonic Crystals

Original Manuscript: August 6, 2007
Revised Manuscript: October 3, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: October 3, 2007
Published: October 16, 2007

Yuan Zhang, Yurong Jiang, Wei Xue, and Sailing He, "A broad-angle polarization beam splitter based on a simple dielectric periodic structure," Opt. Express 15, 14363-14368 (2007)

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