Coupled-Mode Theory for Complex-Index, Corrugated Multilayer Stacks

Hannes Lüder, Martina Gerken, Jost Adam

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We present a coupled-mode theory (CMT) approach for modelling the modal behaviour of multi- layer thinfilm devices with complex material parameters and periodic corrugations. Our method provides fast computation and extended physical insight as compared to standard numerical methods.

Nanostructuring of multilayer thin-film devices, like OLEDs, is a common technique to ma- nipulate the light out-coupling from and/or the field distribution inside the device. Recently, compound binary grating structures have been proposed for tailoring the angular emission spectrum of light emitting thin-film devices [1] and for increasing the sensitivity of refractive index sensors [2]. Here, we show a coupled-mode theory approach for modelling such devices. We first calculate the unperturbed waveguide modes (Fig.1), used as basis functions in the coupled-mode formalism. The waveguide corrugation is treated as a perturbation and leads to coupling between the modes. Expanding our previous work [3], we introduce perfectly matched layer (PML) boundary conditions, to maintain a discrete, complete set of modes [4], and allow for complex-index materials. These extensions, however, cause the resulting eigenvalue equation to be non-Hermitian, introducing two major consequences. First, the eigenvalues (i. e. the mode neff) have to be found in the complex plane (Fig. 2). Second, the classical mode orthogonality is no longer valid. We address both challenges by a combination of three complex-root solving algorithms, and by choosing a bi-orthogonal basis, obtained by solving the corresponding adjoint problem. With the once found modal solutions of the unperturbed waveguide, we can calculate the coupling coefficients, which describe the mode coupling caused by the introduced periodic corrugation.

[1] C. Kluge et al., Opt. Express 22, A1363-A1371, 2014
[2] L. T. Neustock et al., Journal of Sensors, ArticleID 6174527, 2016
[3] J. Adam, H. Lüder, and M. Gerken, OWTNM 2015
[4] W.-P. Huang and J. Mu, Opt. Express 17, 19134-19152, 2009
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2016
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event 24th International Workshop on Optical Wave and Waveguide Theory and Numerical Modelling - Warsaw University of Technology, Warsaw, Poland
Duration: 20. May 201621. May 2016


Workshop 24th International Workshop on Optical Wave and Waveguide Theory and Numerical Modelling
LocationWarsaw University of Technology
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