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Lateral-mode discrimination in ridge waveguides by misaligned total internal reflection mirrors

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2 Author(s)
Han, H. ; Microelectron. Lab., Illinois Univ., Urbana, IL, USA ; Coleman, J.J.

Lateral-mode discrimination by misaligned total internal reflection (TIR) mirrors in multimode ridge waveguide structures is proposed. The effects of angular misalignment in TIR mirrors and index steps in ridge waveguides on the modal reflectivity is analyzed by a plane wave expansion method. The modal reflectivity of a high order mode decreases more rapidly than that of a fundamental mode as the angular misalignment of TIR mirrors increases. It is found that a fundamental mode can have high modal reflectivity (/spl sim/0.9) with significant lateral-mode discrimination over high-order modes if the ridge waveguides have large index steps.<>

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Photonics Technology Letters, IEEE  (Volume:7 ,  Issue: 7 )