Compact Bragg grating with embedded
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A compact Bragg grating with embedded gapped metallic nano-structures is proposed and investigated theoretically. The Bragg grating consists of periodic planar metallic strips embedded in a dielectric waveguide. The grating exhibits distinct polarization characteristics due to its underlying working mechanisms of the metallic nano-strips. The grating can be considered as insulator-metal-insulator surface plasmonic polariton waveguide grating with improved light confinement for TM polarized waves. For the TE waves, significant field mismatch between metal and non-metal sections of the grating results in strong reflection. Comparison with the conventional deeply-etched grating on the same waveguide structures reveals interesting characteristics. It is concluded that the two types of grating structures share similar guidance, reflection and loss mechanisms for the TE modes. The spectral characteristics and their dependences on grating duty cycle are drastically different for the TM modes, mainly due to the SPP effect for the metal. Although the proposed grating performs slightly worse comparing to the deeply-etched grating for TE waves, its fabrication process should be easier since there will be no narrow trench (in sub-microns) deep-etching process (up to a few microns in depth) involved.
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