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  • Vol. 25, Iss. 13 — Jul. 1, 2000
  • pp: 942–944

Two-dimensional photonic crystal couplers for unidirectional light output

Attila Mekis, A. Dodabalapur, R. E. Slusher, and J. D. Joannopoulos  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 25, Issue 13, pp. 942-944 (2000)

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We investigate the use of two-dimensional photonic crystal slabs to improve the directionality of output coupling from planar waveguides and distributed-feedback lasers. We present the theory underlying the operation of such structures and design criteria for emission in desired directions. As an example, we demonstrate a vertical coupler that is integrated with an organic distributed-feedback laser, use computer simulations to find its coupling constant and efficiency, and then discuss its feasibility.

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OCIS Codes
(130.1750) Integrated optics : Components
(140.3490) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, distributed-feedback
(230.1950) Optical devices : Diffraction gratings

Attila Mekis, A. Dodabalapur, R. E. Slusher, and J. D. Joannopoulos, "Two-dimensional photonic crystal couplers for unidirectional light output," Opt. Lett. 25, 942-944 (2000)

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