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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 12 — Jun. 8, 2009
  • pp: 9962–9970

Ray trace visualization of negative refraction of light in two-dimensional air-bridged silicon photonic crystal slabs at 1.55 µm

Lin Gan, Ya-Zhao Liu, Jiang-Yan Li, Ze-Bo Zhang, Dao-Zhong Zhang, and Zhi-Yuan Li  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 12, pp. 9962-9970 (2009)

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We demonstrate design, fabrication, and ray trace observation of negative refraction of near-infrared light in a two-dimensional square lattice of air holes etched into an air-bridged silicon slab. Special surface morphologies are designed to reduce the impedance mismatch when light refracts from a homogeneous silicon slab into the photonic crystal slab. We clearly observed negative refraction of infrared light for TE-like modes in a broad wavelength range by using scanning near-field optical microscopy technology. The experimental results are in good agreement with finite-difference time-domain simulations. The results indicate the designed photonic crystal structure can serve as polarization beam splitter.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(230.3990) Optical devices : Micro-optical devices
(230.5298) Optical devices : Photonic crystals

ToC Category:
Photonic Crystals

Original Manuscript: February 27, 2009
Revised Manuscript: April 26, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: May 12, 2009
Published: May 29, 2009

Lin Gan, Ya-Zhao Liu, Jiang-Yan Li, Ze-Bo Zhang, Dao-Zhong Zhang, and Zhi-Yuan Li, "Ray trace visualization of negative refraction of light in two-dimensional air-bridged silicon photonic crystal slabs at 1.55 μm," Opt. Express 17, 9962-9970 (2009)

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