Images and spectra of inhibited light propagation in a 2-dimensional photonic lattice at 1.5 {micro}m

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Using infrared light scattering microscopy, the authors have directly observed the inhibition of photon propagation in a 2-dimensional photonic lattice fabricated as a hexagonal array of AlGaAs posts. The lattice was formed by reactive ion etching of {approximately}400 nm diameter posts defined by electron beam lithography. The lattice design parameters correspond to a photonic bandgap near 1.5 {micro}m as calculated by Meade et al. This hexagonal array of posts is an improvement over early honeycomb lattices because it is easier to fabricate. The photonic lattice of 1.4 {micro}m high posts was incorporated into waveguide designed for single mode at 1.5 ... continued below

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Gourley, P.L.; Wendt, J.R.; Vawter, G.A.; McDonald, A.E. & Bieber, A.E. June 1, 1996.

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Using infrared light scattering microscopy, the authors have directly observed the inhibition of photon propagation in a 2-dimensional photonic lattice fabricated as a hexagonal array of AlGaAs posts. The lattice was formed by reactive ion etching of {approximately}400 nm diameter posts defined by electron beam lithography. The lattice design parameters correspond to a photonic bandgap near 1.5 {micro}m as calculated by Meade et al. This hexagonal array of posts is an improvement over early honeycomb lattices because it is easier to fabricate. The photonic lattice of 1.4 {micro}m high posts was incorporated into waveguide designed for single mode at 1.5 {micro}m. Several waveguide/lattice combinations were fabricated, including M-bar and K-bar lattice orientations aligned parallel to the waveguide and different numbers of lattice periods. The waveguide/lattice structures were fabricated on GaAs substrates that were subsequently thinned and cleaved to couple light into the waveguide facets. Using a specially designed triple infrared microscope system, they simultaneously imaged the input and output facets and the top surface of the waveguide as laser light was focused onto the input facet. Because of internal scattering in the waveguide, light is scattered upward outward and can be imaged with an infrared camera. Images for reflected input, waveguide scattered light, and transmitted output light for the waveguide with (left images) and without the photonic lattice (right images) are shown. The lefthand image shows how the lattice interrupts the transport of light through the waveguide.

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  • CLEO/QUELS `96: 16. annual conference on lasers and electro-optics and 6th quantum electronics and laser science conference: shedding new light on universal applications, Anaheim, CA (United States), 2-7 Jun 1996

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  • Other: DE96010532
  • Report No.: SAND--96-1283C
  • Report No.: CONF-960642--13
  • Grant Number: AC04-94AL85000
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 244649
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc669210

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Gourley, P.L.; Wendt, J.R.; Vawter, G.A.; McDonald, A.E. & Bieber, A.E. Images and spectra of inhibited light propagation in a 2-dimensional photonic lattice at 1.5 {micro}m, article, June 1, 1996; Albuquerque, New Mexico. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc669210/: accessed November 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.