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Design and optimization of compact silicon photonic sensors

Ghosh, S. ORCID: 0000-0002-1992-2289 and Rahman, B. M. ORCID: 0000-0001-6384-0961 (2019). Design and optimization of compact silicon photonic sensors. Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering, 11043, 110430N. doi: 10.1117/12.2502509 ISSN 0277-786X

Abstract

Although optical sensors incorporating grating inscribed and etched fibres are now sufficiently mature and well established in the market, however, designs based on more exotic nanowires and photonic crystal fibres are becoming increasingly important and showing much improved sensitivity by accessing a larger evanescent field. Similarly, novel planar design concepts, such as the silicon slot guide-based design is showing even greater promise, allowing the exploitation of well-developed CMOS fabrication technologies for potentially low-cost sensor elements. In compact Integrated Optic format, dielectric slots, plasmonic slots, Mach-Zehnder interferometer, and ring resonators are also emerging as novel photonic sensors. However, high index contrast also makes the modes in such sensing structures fully hybrid in nature and in such a case, full-vectorial rigorous numerical approaches will be necessary for their design optimization. Some selected results for silicon based compact photonic sensors will be presented illustrating the value and potential of the computationally efficient finite element method in such designs.

Publication Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Copyright 2019 Society of Photo‑Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). One print or electronic copy may be made for personal use only. Systematic reproduction and distribution, duplication of any material in this publication for a fee or for commercial purposes, and modification of the contents of the publication are prohibited. Souvik Ghosh and B. M. A. Rahman "Design and optimization of compact silicon photonic sensors", Proc. SPIE 11043, Fifth Conference on Sensors, MEMS, and Electro-Optic Systems, 110430N (24 January 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2502509; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2502509.
Publisher Keywords: Silicon-on-insulator (SOI), Finite element method, Slot waveguide, Sensors
Subjects: T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Departments: School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering > Engineering > Electrical & Electronic Engineering
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/21830
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