Embodying a thin metallic layer underneath the core of a sharply bent polymer waveguide is shown in this work to considerably reduce the total losses of both the quasi-transverse-electric and quasi-transversemagnetic modes. The computational results show a total loss as low as ~0.02 dB/90° for the quasi-transverse-electric mode for radii between 6 and 13 μm at the wavelength of 1.55 μm, which corresponds to a 10-fold improvement over the purely dielectric counterpart. The radii range exhibiting such low total loss can be tuned by properly selecting the parameters of the structure. For the quasi-transverse-magnetic mode, the metal layer reduces the total losses modestly for radii ranging from 3 to 10 μm. Simulation results for different structural parameters are presented.
- IOMS-APD: Active Photonic Devices
- Surface plasmons
- Integrated optics
- Guided waves
- Polymer waveguides
Sefünç, M., Pollnau, M., & García-Blanco, S. M. (2013). Low-loss sharp bends in polymer waveguides enabled by the introduction of a thin metal layer. Optics express, 21(24), 29808-29817. https://doi.org/10.1364/OE.21.029808