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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 14 — Jul. 5, 2010
  • pp: 14654–14663

Statistical fluctuations of transmission in slow light photonic-crystal waveguides

S. Mazoyer, P. Lalanne, J.C. Rodier, J.P. Hugonin, M. Spasenović, L. Kuipers, D.M. Beggs, and T.F. Krauss  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 14, pp. 14654-14663 (2010)

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We report statistical fluctuations for the transmissions of a series of photonic-crystal waveguides (PhCWs) that are supposedly identical and that only differ because of statistical structural fabrication-induced imperfections. For practical PhCW lengths offering tolerable −3dB attenuation with moderate group indices (ng≈60), the transmission spectra contains very narrow peaks (Q≈20,000) that vary from one waveguide to another. The physical origin of the peaks is explained by calculating the actual electromagnetic-field pattern inside the waveguide. The peaks that are observed in an intermediate regime between the ballistic and localization transports are responsible for a smearing of the local density of states, for a rapid broadening of the probability density function of the transmission, and bring a severe constraint on the effective use of slow light for on-chip optical information processing. The experimental results are quantitatively supported by theoretical results obtained with a coupled-Bloch-mode approach that takes into account multiple scattering and localization effects.

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OCIS Codes
(130.2790) Integrated optics : Guided waves
(290.4210) Scattering : Multiple scattering
(220.4241) Optical design and fabrication : Nanostructure fabrication
(130.5296) Integrated optics : Photonic crystal waveguides

ToC Category:
Photonic Crystals

Original Manuscript: May 10, 2010
Revised Manuscript: June 6, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: June 6, 2010
Published: June 23, 2010

S. Mazoyer, P. Lalanne, J.C. Rodier, J.P. Hugonin, M. Spasenović, L. Kuipers, D.M. Beggs, and T.F. Krauss, "Statistical fluctuations of transmission in slow light photonic-crystal waveguides," Opt. Express 18, 14654-14663 (2010)

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