Skip to main content
Article thumbnail
Location of Repository

A waveguide polarization toolset design based on mode beating

By D.C. Hutchings and B.M. Holmes


A toolset of waveguide elements is examined, which can be combined to produce polarization functional devices in a single contiguous waveguide. In particular, waveguide implementations of an optical isolator and a polarization modulator are discussed. The waveguide elements, i.e., quasi-phase-matched nonreciprocal polarization mode converter, reciprocal polarization mode converter (R-PMC), and a differential phase shifter, are all based on mode beating. A universal 3-dB R-PMC specification is identified, which suffices for all the polarization functional devices considered here. A full-vectorial modesolver is used to determine the modes in a number of example III–V waveguide structures, and the polarization state evolution is considered by using an averaged Stokes vector illustrated on the Poincaré sphere constr

Topics: TK, QC
Publisher: I E E E
Year: 2011
OAI identifier:
Provided by: Enlighten

Suggested articles


  1. (1996). A passive polarization converter free of longitudinally-periodic structure,”
  2. (2007). A single etch-step fabrication-tolerant polarization splitter,”
  3. (2002). An electrically tunable all-fiber polarization controller based on deposited thin-film microheaters,”
  4. (1984). Bandedge electroabsorption in quantum well structures: The quantum-confined stark effect,”
  5. (2009). Compact polarization mode converter monolithically integrated within a semiconductor laser,”
  6. (1973). Coupled-mode theory for guided-wave optics,”
  7. (2006). Demonstration of quasi-phase-matched non-reciprocal polarisation rotation in III-V semiconductor waveguides incorporating magneto-optic upper claddings,”
  8. (1962). Interactions between light waves in a nonlinear dielectric,”
  9. (1992). Kramers-Kr¨ onig relations in nonlinear optics,”
  10. (1985). Magneto-optic waveguide isolators based on laser annealed (Bi,
  11. (2002). Nonreciprocal TE-TM mode converter with semiconductor guiding layer,”
  12. (2011). Passively mode-locked lasers with integrated chirped bragg grating reflectors,”
  13. (2006). Polarization conversion in passive deep-etched GaAs/AlGaAs waveguides,”
  14. (2003). Prospects for the implementation of magneto-optic elements in optoelectronic integrated circuits: a personal perspective (invited),”
  15. (2006). Realisation of novel low-loss monolithically integrated waveguide mode converters,”
  16. (2000). Realization of a compact and single-mode optical passive polarization converter,”
  17. (2007). Short polarization converter optimized for active-passive integration in InGaAsP-InP,”
  18. (1972). Switching and modulation of light in magneto-optic waveguides of garnet films,”
  19. (2008). Use of polarization
  20. (2008). Vector finite difference modesolver for anisotropic dielectric waveguides,”

To submit an update or takedown request for this paper, please submit an Update/Correction/Removal Request.