Abstract

This paper investigates transverse-electric-transverse-magnetic (TM) conversion properties of an integrated optical polarization switch realized by means of a TM-pass waveguide polarizer, whose cladding consists of an obliquely deposited thick film. This waveguide polarizer is more compact, stable, and inexpensive to realize than a hybrid waveguide polarizer using birefringent crystal as cladding. By utilizing the TM-passing property of the anisotropic cover of a rib waveguide, the polarization is selected by means of the electrooptic effect.

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Appl. Opt. (2)

J. Lightwave Technol. (5)

L. Torner, J. P. Torres, C. Ojeda and D. Mihalache, "Hybrid waves guided by ultrathin film", J. Lightwave Technol., vol. 13, pp. 2027-2033, Oct. 1995 .

L. Torner, J. Recolons and J. P. Torres, "Guided-to-leaky mode transition in uniaxial optical slab waveguides", J. Lightwave Technol., vol. 11, pp. 1592-1600, Oct. 1993.

A. Knoesen, T. K. Gaylord and M. G. Moharam, "Hybrid guided modes in uniaxial dielectric planar waveguides", J. Lightwave Technol., vol. 6, pp. 1083-1104, June 1988.

H. Porte, R. Ferrier and J. P. Goedgebuer, "Integrated waveguide modulator using an LiNbO3 TE-TM converter for electrooptic coherence modulation of light", J. Lightwave Technol., vol. 6, pp. 892-897, June 1988.

L. Thylèn, "Integrated optics in LiNbO 3: Recent developments in devices for telecommunications", J. Lightwave Technol., vol. 6, pp. 847-861, June 1988.

Other (11)

S. Thaniyavarn, "Wavelength-independent, optical-damage-immune LiNbO3 TE-TM mode converter", Opt. Lett. , vol. 11, pp. 39-41, Jan. 1986.

H. A. Macleod, "Structure-related optical properties of thin films", J. Vac. Sci. Technol. A Vac. Surf. Films, vol. 4, no. 3, pp. 418-422, May/June 1986.

K. Baba, T. Iden and M. Miyagi, "TM-pass glass waveguide polarizer with periodic multilayer cladding overlaid with isotropic dielectric media", Electron. Lett., vol. 36, pp. 1461-1462, Aug. 2000.

K. Shiraishi and K. Matsumura, "Fabrication of spatial walk-off polarizing films by oblique deposition", IEEE J. Quantum Electron., vol. 30, pp. 2417-2420, Oct. 1994.

D. W. Berreman, "Optics in stratified and anisotropic media: 4 × 4 matrix formalism", J. Opt. Soc. Amer., vol. 62, pp. 502-510, 1972.

A. Yariv, Optical Electronics for Modern Communications, 5th ed. New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 1997.

N. Grossard, H. Porte, J. P. Vilcot, B. Bèche and J. P. Goedgebuer, "AlGaAs-GaAs polarization converter with electrooptic phase mismatch control", IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett., vol. 13, pp. 830-832, Aug. 2001.

M. Born and E. Wolf, Principles of Optics, 6th ed. Cambridge: U.K.: Cambridge Univ. Press, 1980.

M. I. D'yakonov, "New type of electromagnetic wave propagating at an interface", JETP Sov. Phys., vol. 67, pp. 714-716, 1988.

L. Torner, J. P. Torres and D. Mihalache, "New type of guided waves in birefringent media", IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett., vol. 5, pp. 201 -203, Feb. 1993.

T. K. Gaylord and A. Knoesen, "Passive integrated optical anisotropy-based devices", J. Mod. Opt., vol. 35, pp. 925-946, 1988.

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