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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 19 — Sep. 15, 2008
  • pp: 15170–15184

Design strategies and rigorous conditions for single-polarization single-mode waveguides

Karen K. Y. Lee, Yehuda Avniel, and Steven G. Johnson  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 19, pp. 15170-15184 (2008)

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We establish rigorous necessary analytical conditions for the existence of single-polarization single-mode (SPSM) bandwidths in index-guided microstructured waveguides (such as photonic-crystal fibers). These conditions allow us to categorize designs for SPSM waveguides into four strategies, at least one of which seems previously unexplored. Conversely, we obtain rigorous sufficient conditions for the existence of two cutoff-free index-guided modes in a wide variety of microstructured dielectric waveguides with arbitrary periodic claddings, based on the existence of a degenerate fundamental mode of the cladding (a degenerate light line). We show how such a degenerate light line, in turn, follows from the symmetry of the cladding.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2310) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics
(130.2790) Integrated optics : Guided waves
(060.4005) Fiber optics and optical communications : Microstructured fibers
(060.5295) Fiber optics and optical communications : Photonic crystal fibers

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: July 22, 2008
Revised Manuscript: September 1, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: September 1, 2008
Published: September 11, 2008

Karen K. Y. Lee, Yehuda Avniel, and Steven G. Johnson, "Design strategies and rigorous conditions for single-polarization single-mode waveguides," Opt. Express 16, 15170-15184 (2008)

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