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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 7 — Apr. 8, 2013
  • pp: 8417–8425

Design and investigation of properties of nanocrystalline diamond optical planar waveguides

Vaclav Prajzler, Marian Varga, Pavla Nekvindova, Zdenek Remes, and Alexander Kromka  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 7, pp. 8417-8425 (2013)

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Diamond thin films have remarkable properties comparable with natural diamond. Because of these properties it is a very promising material for many various applications (sensors, heat sink, optical mirrors, chemical and radiation wear, cold cathodes, tissue engineering, etc.) In this paper we report about design, deposition and measurement of properties of optical planar waveguides fabricated from nanocrystalline diamond thin films. The nanocrystalline diamond planar waveguide was deposited by microwave plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition and the structure of the deposited film was studied by scanning electron microscopy and Raman spectroscopy. The design of the presented planar waveguides was realized on the bases of modified dispersion equation and was schemed for 632.8 nm, 964 nm, 1 310 nm and 1 550 nm wavelengths. Waveguiding properties were examined by prism coupling technique and it was found that the diamond based planar optical element guided one fundamental mode for all measured wavelengths. Values of the refractive indices of our NCD thin film measured at various wavelengths were almost the same as those of natural diamond.

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OCIS Codes
(120.5710) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Refraction
(220.0220) Optical design and fabrication : Optical design and fabrication
(220.1920) Optical design and fabrication : Diamond machining
(230.7390) Optical devices : Waveguides, planar

ToC Category:
Optical Devices

Original Manuscript: January 10, 2013
Revised Manuscript: February 20, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: February 28, 2013
Published: March 29, 2013

Vaclav Prajzler, Marian Varga, Pavla Nekvindova, Zdenek Remes, and Alexander Kromka, "Design and investigation of properties of nanocrystalline diamond optical planar waveguides," Opt. Express 21, 8417-8425 (2013)

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