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  • Journal of Lightwave Technology
  • Vol. 24,
  • Issue 3,
  • pp. 1513-
  • (2006)

Modal Control in Semiconductor Optical Waveguides With Uniaxially Patterned Layers

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Abstract

Uniaxially patterned (UAP) dielectric layers have an optical anisotropy that can be externally controlled. This paper examines the effects of patterning the cladding or the core layer of a three-layer optical waveguide on the polarization properties of propagating radiation. Particular attention is paid to the case when the core material is a semiconductor with optical gain. A number of devices are discussed based on incorporating a UAP layer in the structure design, such as a polarization-insensitive amplifier, a polarizer, an optically controlled polarization switch, and an optically controlled modal coupler.

© 2006 IEEE

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