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Plasmonic Waveguide Analysis

K. C. Koppenhoefer [1], S. Yushanov [1], J. S. Crompton [1],
[1] AltaSim Technologies, Columbus, OH, USA

Surface Plasmons (SP) or Surface Plasmon Polaritons (SPP) are electromagnetic excitations that propagate at the interface between a dielectric and a conductor, and are evanescently confined in the perpendicular direction to the propagation. They arise via coupling of the electromagnetic field to oscillations of the conductor’s electron plasma and are characterized in terms of dispersion and ...

Characterization of a 3D Photonic Crystal Structure Using Port and S-Parameter Analysis

M. Dong[1], M. Tomes[1], M. Eichenfield[2], M. Jarrahi[1], T. Carmon[1]
[1]University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
[2]Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM, USA

We present a 3D port sweep method in a lossy silicon photonic crystal resonator to demonstrate the capabilities of COMSOL Multiphysics® for frequency domain analysis with input and output ports. This method benefits from the advantages of the S-parameter analysis to characterize the input and output coupling into the resonator. By pumping one end of the cavity with a CW plane wave, we are able ...

Enhanced Surface Plasmon Polariton Propagation Induced by Active Dielectrics - new

M. Mattheakis[1], C. Athanasopoulos[1], G. P. Tsironis[1]
[1]University of Crete, Heraklion, Greece

We present numerical simulations for the propagation of surface plasmon polaritons in a dielectric-metal-dielectric waveguide using COMSOL Multiphysics® software. We show that the use of an active dielectric with gain that compensates metal absorption losses enhances substantially plasmon propagation. Furthermore, the introduction of the active material induces, for a specific gain value, a ...

Simulation of Vector Mode Grating Coupler Interfaces for Integrated Optics

C. T. Nadovich [1],
[1] Lafayette College, Easton, PA, USA

The use of grating couplers to couple conventionally phased and polarized light near vertically in and out of optical slab or film waveguides [1] represents an attractive method to interface optical fiber to photonic ICs. Previously developed grating coupler designs use transversely uniform grating structures matched to conventional scalar fiber modes. The performance of these geometries can be ...

Design of Solar Thermal Dryers for 24-hour Food Drying Processes

F. S. Alleyne [1], R. R. Milczarek [1],
[1] Healthy Processed Foods Research Unit, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Albany, CA, USA

Solar drying is a ubiquitous method that has been adopted for many years as a food preservation method. Most of the published articles in the literature provide insight on the performance of solar dryers in service but little information on the dryer construction material selection process or material attributes that allow them to be selected as candidates in solar dryer designs. 1–7 ...

Full-Wave Analysis of Nanoscale Optical Trapping

E. Furlani, and A. Baev
The Institute for Lasers, Photonics and Biophotonics, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, USA

Plasmonic-based optical trapping is in its infancy and growing rapidly. Research in this area will significantly advance fundamental understanding in fields such as nanophotonics and biophotonics. Novel plasmonic trapping structures and systems can be designed and optimized using the COMSOL RF solver.   We present a study of plasmonicbased optical trapping of neutral sub-wavelength ...

Optical and Electrical Modeling of Three Dimensional Dye Sensitized Solar Cells

P. Guo[1]
[1]Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA

Dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) have received tremendous attention as alternative photon harvesting devices. While the sintered TiO2 nanoparticle network attached with dye molecules achieves efficient photon absorption, the electrons have to diffuse through the long TiO2 network to reach the contact, resulting in a high electron density and thus increased recombination. Extensive research ...

A Study of Optical Sensor Based on Fiber Bragg Grating Using COMSOL Multiphysics®

C. Gavrila[1] and I. Lancranjan[2]


[1]Technical University of Civil Engineering Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania
[2]Advanced Study Centre, National Institute for Aerospace Research “Elie Carafoli”, Bucharest, Romania

Fiber optic sensors can measure a large range of physical, chemical and environmental variables such as temperature, pressure, shape, position, chemical concentration, moisture, etc. Fiber optic sensors provide measurements in applications where the conventional electrical based sensors cannot be used, due to measurement requirements such as extreme temperature, small size, high sensor count, or ...

Simulations of Negative Curvature Hollow-core Fiber - new

J. Zhang[1], Z. Wang[1], J. Chen[1]
[1]College of Optoelectronic Science and Engineering, National University of Defense Technology, Changsha, Hunan, China

COMSOL Multiphysics® software was used to simulate and analyze the transmission attenuation spectra of the negative curvature hollow-core fiber (NCHCF) over the wavelength from 2.7 μm to 4.2 μm. The effect of thickness of capillaries and the effect of the distance between the capillaries on confinement loss spectra were studied, which agreed well with the high-loss and low-loss bands predicted ...

Enhancement of Terahertz Emission by AuGe Nanopatterns

H. Surdi[1], A. Singh[1], S. S. Prabhu [1]
[1]Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Homi Bhabha 
Road, Mumbai,India

Since the advent of Terhertz(THz) technology, improving the THz emission power has been one of the major research goal. One of the methods to increase the THz emission power is to increase the coupling of excitation laser light to the dielectric substrate.The field of nano-plasmonics exploits light-matter interactions at nanometer scale. With the help of metallic nano-structure at metal ...