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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 32, Iss. 16 — Aug. 15, 2007
  • pp: 2369–2371

Disappearance of modes in planar Bragg waveguides

Jie Li and Kin Seng Chiang  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 32, Issue 16, pp. 2369-2371 (2007)

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We show how the forbidden bands of a Bragg reflector may shrink to points and how some classes of the guided modes of a planar Bragg waveguide may disappear altogether by shrinking with the forbidden bands. We derive the general conditions to determine the missing modes and explain these conditions with examples. It is possible, for example, to design a Bragg waveguide that rejects all antisymmetric modes and supports only symmetric modes for the TE polarization. We also highlight the effect of Brewster incidence on the interpretation of the missing modes for the TM polarization.

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OCIS Codes
(030.4070) Coherence and statistical optics : Modes
(130.2790) Integrated optics : Guided waves
(230.4170) Optical devices : Multilayers
(230.7370) Optical devices : Waveguides
(230.7390) Optical devices : Waveguides, planar

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Optical Devices

Original Manuscript: April 27, 2007
Revised Manuscript: June 21, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: June 22, 2007
Published: August 2, 2007

Jie Li and Kin Seng Chiang, "Disappearance of modes in planar Bragg waveguides," Opt. Lett. 32, 2369-2371 (2007)

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