Abstract

Various configurations are proposed to engineer the pattern of optical leaky-wave antennas with the goal of achieving a desired side-lobe level (SLL). By the aid of the proposed algorithm, two types of hybrid plasmonic optical traveling wave antennas with controlled SLL are designed and numerically analyzed. The antennas are designed to operate at the standard telecommunication wavelength of 1550 nm, and have a wide bandwidth that completely cover the standard optical communication bands of E, S, and C. The first configuration in which the tapering is applied to the width of slots results in a broad bandwidth of 28 THz, a high directivity of 14.6 dBi, an efficiency of 73%, and a low SLL of $-$ 19.4 dB. The second configuration, in which wall tapering is applied, exhibits a bandwidth greater than 30 THz, a high directivity of 13.6 dBi, an efficiency of 79%, and an excellent SLL of $-$ 25 dB. Thanks to the high gain and low SLL, these devices can have applications in integrated optical interconnects, highly integrated optical beam-steering devices, such as active LIDARs and solar cells with high efficiency.

© 2015 IEEE

PDF Article

References

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Citation lists with outbound citation links are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Cited By

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Cited by links are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription