Abstract

We experimentally demonstrate a transverse electric (TE)-pass polarizer using the recently proposed hybrid plasmonic waveguide. The device consists of a silicon film separated from a chromium layer by a silica spacer. The device was characterized using a tunable laser in the 1.52–1.58 μm wavelength range. For a 30 μm long polarizer, the extinction ratio in this wavelength range varies from 23 to 28 dB and the insertion loss for the TE mode is 2–3 dB. The device is compact; its fabrication is completely compatible with silicon-on-insulator technology, and its performance compares favorably against previously reported silicon-based integrated optic TE-pass polarizers.

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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

M. Z. Alam, J. Meier, J. S. Aitchison, and M. Mojahedi, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-optics (CLEO)/Quantum Electronics and Laser Science Conference (QELS), OSA Tech. Digest (OSA,2007), paper JThD112.

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[CrossRef]

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V. K. Sharma, A. Kumar, and A. Kapoor, Opt. Commun. 284, 1815 (2011).
[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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Wang, Z.

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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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V. K. Sharma, A. Kumar, and A. Kapoor, Opt. Commun. 284, 1815 (2011).
[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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F. Bahrami, M. Z. Alam, J. S. Aitchison, and M. Mojahedi, “Dual polarization measurements in the hybrid plasmonic biosensors,” Plasmonics, online first, doi: 10.1007/s11468-012-9411-z (2012).
[CrossRef]

E. D. Palik, Handbook of Optical Constants of Solids(Academic, 1985).

M. Z. Alam, J. Meier, J. S. Aitchison, and M. Mojahedi, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-optics (CLEO)/Quantum Electronics and Laser Science Conference (QELS), OSA Tech. Digest (OSA,2007), paper JThD112.

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Figures (5)

Fig. 1.
Fig. 1.

(a) Three-dimensional schematic of the HPWG TE-pass polarizer. (b) Cross section of the HPWG. (c) Cross section of the input-output silicon nano waveguide.

Fig. 2.
Fig. 2.

Electric field intensity profiles at 1.55 μm for the (a) TE and (b) TM modes of the HPWG section for H=220nm, T=3μm, w=500nm, w=250nm, h=200nm, and t=100nm. For the definition of the variables, see Fig. 1.

Fig. 3.
Fig. 3.

Variation of device insertion loss of the (a) TM mode and (b) TE mode with silicon width (w) of a 30 μm long HPWG. H=220nm, T=3μm, w=250nm, h=200nm, t=100nm.

Fig. 4.
Fig. 4.

SEM images of the HPWG section (a) top and (b) end view.

Fig. 5.
Fig. 5.

Device insertion losses of the TE and TM modes for a 30 μm long HPWG TE-pass polarizer.

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