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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 12 — Jun. 6, 2011
  • pp: 11517–11528

The Serpentine Optical Waveguide: engineering the dispersion relations and the stopped light points

Jacob Scheuer and Ori Weiss  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 12, pp. 11517-11528 (2011)

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We present a study a new type of optical slow-light structure comprising a serpentine shaped waveguide were the loops are coupled. The dispersion relation, group velocity and GVD are studied analytically using a transfer matrix method and numerically using finite difference time domain simulations. The structure exhibits zero group velocity points at the ends of the Brillouin zone, but also within the zone. The position of mid-zone zero group velocity point can be tuned by modifying the coupling coefficient between adjacent loops. Closed-form analytic expressions for the dispersion relations, group velocity and the mid-zone zero vg points are found and presented.

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OCIS Codes
(130.2790) Integrated optics : Guided waves
(260.2030) Physical optics : Dispersion

ToC Category:
Integrated Optics

Original Manuscript: March 22, 2011
Revised Manuscript: May 2, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: May 24, 2011
Published: May 31, 2011

Jacob Scheuer and Ori Weiss, "The Serpentine Optical Waveguide: engineering the dispersion relations and the stopped light points," Opt. Express 19, 11517-11528 (2011)

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