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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 19 — Sep. 14, 2009
  • pp: 17060–17069

Planar photonic crystal microspectrometers in silicon-nitride for the visible range

Babak Momeni, Ehsan Shah Hosseini, and Ali Adibi  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 19, pp. 17060-17069 (2009)

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We demonstrate the feasibility of forming a compact integrated photonic spectrometer for operation in the visible wavelength range using the dispersive properties of a planar photonic crystal structure fabricated in silicon nitride. High wavelength resolution and compact device sizes in these spectrometers are enabled by combining superprism effect, negative diffraction effect, and negative refraction effect in a 45° rotated square lattice photonic crystal. Our experimental demonstration shows 1.2 nm wavelength resolution in a 70 µm by 130 µm photonic crystal structure with better performance than alternative structures for on-chip spectroscopy, confirming the unique capability of the proposed approach to realize compact integrated spectrometers.

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OCIS Codes
(130.3120) Integrated optics : Integrated optics devices
(230.5298) Optical devices : Photonic crystals

ToC Category:
Photonic Crystals

Original Manuscript: May 26, 2009
Revised Manuscript: July 14, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: July 29, 2009
Published: September 10, 2009

Babak Momeni, Ehsan Shah Hosseini, and Ali Adibi, "Planar photonic crystal microspectrometers in silicon-nitride for the visible range," Opt. Express 17, 17060-17069 (2009)

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