Light splitting function of branched chains of transparent microspheres

Tadashi Mitsui, Yutaka Wakayama, Tsunenobu Onodera, Takeru Hayashi, Naoki Ikeda, Yoshimasa Sugimoto, Tadashi Takamasu, Hidetoshi Oikawa

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Abstract

To observe optical properties of propagation light through branched coupled-resonator optical waveguides (CROWs), we fabricated ordered chains of transparent microspheres that have 30°- and 60°-branched structures on a lithographically patterned substrate using a self-assembly process. The spectra of propagation light within the chains were directly measured by guide-collection-mode near-field scanning optical microscopy (NSOM) techniques. Moreover, we perform a finite-difference time domain (FDTD) simulation to explain the spectra. The spectrum of light propagating to the 60°-branch shows some sharp peaks, which seem to be associated with whispering gallery modes (WGMs). On the other hand, the spectrum of light propagating to the 30°-branch shows rather broad peaks. The FDTD simulation suggests that the WGM component propagates to both of the 30°- and 60°-branches, and also suggests that almost all of the nanojet-induced mode (NIM) component propagates to the 30°-branch and little propagates to the 60°-branch. Therefore, the most plausible cause of the difference in the NSOM spectra is that the difference in propagation efficiency of the NIM component between the 30°- and 60°-branches. These results suggest that the microspheres' branching chain itself has a splitting function, which is a kind of wavelength-selective filters.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2010 12th International Conference on Transparent Optical Networks, ICTON 2010
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Oct 6
Event2010 12th International Conference on Transparent Optical Networks, ICTON 2010 - Munich, Germany
Duration: 2010 Jun 272010 Jul 1

Publication series

Name2010 12th International Conference on Transparent Optical Networks, ICTON 2010

Other

Other2010 12th International Conference on Transparent Optical Networks, ICTON 2010
CountryGermany
CityMunich
Period10/6/2710/7/1

Keywords

  • CROWs
  • Colloids
  • NSOM
  • Nanojet-induced mode
  • Self-assembly
  • Whispering-gallery modes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications

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