A Highly Efficient Optical Add-Drop Multiplexer Using Photonic Band Gap with Hexagonal Hole Lattice Photonic Crystal Slab Waveguides

Akiko GOMYO  Jun USHIDA  Tao CHU  Hirohito YAMADA  Satomi ISHIDA  Yasuhiko ARAKAWA  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Electronics   Vol.E90-C   No.1   pp.65-71
Publication Date: 2007/01/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1353
DOI: 10.1093/ietele/e90-c.1.65
Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: INVITED PAPER (Special Section on Microoptomechatronics)
photonic crystal,  optical add-drop multiplexer,  channeline defect drop filter,  line-defect waveguide,  Bragg reflector,  optical add-drop multiplexer,  optical add-drop multiplexer,  

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We report on a channel drop filter with a mode gap in the propagating mode of a photonic crystal slab that was fabricated on silicon on an insulator wafer. The results, simulated with the 3-dimensional finite-difference time-domain and plane-wave methods, demonstrated that an index-guiding mode for the line defect waveguide of a photonic crystal slab has a band gap at wave vector k = 0.5 for a mainly TM-like light-wave. The mode gap works as a distributed Bragg grating reflector that propagates the light-wave through the line defect waveguide, and can be used as an optical filter. The filter bandwidth was varied from 1-8 nm with an r/a (r: hole radius, a: lattice constant) variation around the wavelength range of 1550-1600 nm. We fabricated a Bragg reflector with a photonic crystal line-defect waveguide and Si-channel waveguides and by measuring the transmittance spectrum found that the Bragg reflector caused abrupt dips in transmittance. These experimental results are consistent with the results of the theoretical analysis described above. Utilizing the Bragg reflector, we fabricated channel dropping filters with photonic crystal slabs connected between channel waveguides and demonstrated their transmittance characteristics. They were highly drop efficient, with a flat-top drop-out spectrum at a wavelength of 1.56 µm and a drop bandwidth of 5.8 nm. Results showed that an optical add-drop multiplexer with a 2-D photonic crystal will be available for application in WDM devices for photonic networks and for LSIs in the near future.