Broadband and low-loss TM-pass polarizer using tilted subwavelength structures Journal Articles uri icon

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  • Photonic systems built on the Silicon-on-Insulator platform exhibit a strong birefringence, and must thus be operated with a single polarization for most applications. Hence, on-chip polarizers that can effectively suppress an undesired polarization state are key components for these systems. Polarizers that extinguish TE polarized light while letting TM polarized light pass with low losses are particularly challenging to design for the standard 220 nm Silicon-on-Insulator platform, because the modal confinement is stronger for TE polarization than for TM polarzation. Here, we propose and design a broadband, low loss and high extinction ratio TM-pass polarizer by engineering a Bragg grating that reflects the fundamental TE mode into the first order TE mode using a subwavelength metamaterial which at the same time allows the TM mode to pass. Our device achieves an extinction ratio in excess of 20 dB, insertion losses below 0.5 dB and back-reflections of the fundamental TE mode of the order of −20 dB in a bandwidth of 150 nm as demonstrated with full 3D-FDTD simulations.


  • Barona-Ruiz, Miguel
  • Pérez-Armenta, Carlos
  • Ortega-Moñux, Alejandro
  • Wangüemert-Pérez, Gonzalo
  • Molina-Fernández, íñigo
  • Cheben, Pavel
  • Halir, Robert

publication date

  • October 10, 2022