A significant improvement on the basic design of a channel add-drop multiplexer of the in-plane type, based on the two-dimensional photonic-crystal membrane structure of triangular-lattice holes, has been made to increase the channel-selectivity Q factor as high as 7300, which demonstrates the viability of the original basic design. The three-dimensional finite-difference time-domain simulation shows that theoretically it is possible to design a channel add-drop multiplexer with better than -0.7 dB of the forward-drop insertion loss, -29 dB of the pass-through cross-talk at the center frequency. A revised coupled-mode analysis with an augmented directional coupling gives a good agreement between its parametric analysis and the finite-difference time-domain analysis in regard to the detailed asymmetric forward-drop frequency response of the multiplexer.
© 2005 Optical Society of America
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