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J. Microw. Optoelectron. Electromagn. Appl. vol.11 no.1 São Caetano do Sul June 2012
Performance evaluation of PCRR based add drop filter with different rod shapes
S. RobinsonI; R. NakkeeranII
IDepartment of Electronics and Communication Engineering Pondicherry Engineering College, Puducherry-605 014, India Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
IIDepartment of Electronics and Communication Engineering Pondicherry Engineering College, Puducherry-605 014, India Email: email@example.com
Two Dimensional (2D) circular Photonic Crystal Ring Resonator (PCRR) based Add Drop Filter (ADF) is designed and the impacts of rod shape with its filling fraction is examined to evaluate the performance of the filter. The ADFs are devised separately using rods of circular, hexagonal and square shape in square lattice PC. For various values of rod's cross sectional dimension and shape, the resonant wavelength, coupling efficiency, dropping efficiency, Q factor and passband width of the designed filters are investigated through simulation. The calculated filling fraction of a square, circular and hexagonal rods in the lattice structure is 11.9006 × 10-12 sq.m, 13.1134 × 10-12 sq.m and 15.16 × 10-12 sq.m and their respective resonant wavelength is 1494 nm, 1504 nm and 1520 nm. It is observed that there is 1 nm wavelength shift to longer wavelength while increasing the overall filling fraction by 0.1233 × 10-12 sq.m. From the simulated results, it is observed that the circular and hexagonal rods based ADF impart better performance than square rod based ADF.
Index Terms: Photonic crystal, photonic band gap, rod shape, add drop filter.
Generally, Add Drop Filter (ADF) is one of the prominent components for telecommunication, short haul, enterprise and metro access optical networks to drop a particular channel without disturbing other channels departing through the fiber or to select a required channel and remove all other channels. Conventional ADFs are proposed and realized by Fabry-Perot filter, thin film filter, arrayed waveguide grating based filter, bragg grating based filter, acousto and electro optic filter, and micro ring resonator based filter . Among them, micro ring resonator based ADF provides significant performance as it has high spectral selectivity, wide tunability, flexible mode design and reduced channel spacing. The selectivity can be varied by varying the radius or size of the ring resonator and the material used for the structure.
In conventional Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) based ADFs, when the radius of the ring resonator is reduced below 5 µm, the propagation and bending losses become significant and increase thereafter. On the other hand, the Photonic Crystal (PC) based Ring Resonator (RR) can overcome the aforementioned issues and help the designer to design a device in the order of micrometers with the improved performance.
Two Dimensional Photonic Crystal (2DPC) [2, 3] has gained tremendous research across the globe owing to huge potential for integration in Photonic Integrated Circuits (PICs). PCs can also offer very high speed of operation, tolerance to temperature fluctuation, increased life time, flexible design, ultra compact size with ease integration capability, excellent performance, and able to realize in different materials and shapes depending upon the applications. PCs are composed of periodic dielectric and metello-dielectric nanostructures that have alternate low and high dielectric constant materials (refractive index) in one, two and three dimensions, which affect the propagation of electromagnetic waves inside the structure. As a result of this periodicity, the propagation of light is completely prohibited for certain frequency (wavelength) ranges which are called Photonic Band Gap (PBG). By introducing defects (point or line) in these periodic structures, the band gaps are disturbed and the light propagation can be made possible in the PBG region. This leads to the design of PC based optical devices (active and passive) in the PBG region [4, 5].
Recent years, many PC based optical devices are proposed and designed such as power splitters , multiplexers , demultiplexers , polarization beam splitters , triplexers , switches , directional couplers , bandstop filters , bandpass filters [14,15], channel drop filters [16-19], add-drop filters [20-23], etc. The above said PC based optical devices are designed and realized in square and triangular lattice using square, circular and hexagonal rods either in pillar (rod) type or membrane (hole) type. So far, there is no attempt has been made to design and investigate the functional parameters of ADF by accounting different rod shapes.
Even though the triangular lattice offers wider bandgap than square lattice, the square lattice PC based ADF provides effective confinement of light. Also the fabrication of this structure is easier because of simple geometry and can easily control the propagation modes. And, the rod type PCs have several advantages than holes type PCs such as low out-of-plane loss, propagation loss, easy fabrication, compatible with classical photonic integrated circuits, and effective single mode operation . It is witnessed that the pillar type circular Photonic Crystal Ring Resonator (PCRR) offers substantial performance  than square, quasi square, dual quasi square and hexagonal PCRRs. Hence, the pillar type circular PCRR based ADF in square lattice with different rod shapes is considered here for further study.
In this paper, an attempt is made to investigate the effect of rod shape with filling fraction for Two Dimensional (2D) circular Photonic Crystal Ring Resonator (PCRR) based ADF using square, circular and hexagonal rods. While varying the filling fraction, the variation in resonant wavelength, coupling efficiency, dropping efficiency, Q factor and passband width of ADF are noted. The filling fraction can be varied either by changing the rod shape or by varying the cross sectional area of the rods or by incorporating different rod shape in a homogeneous structure. The response of the ADF is obtained using 2D Finite Difference Time Domain (2D FDTD) method. Plane Wave Expansion (PWE) method is used to calculate the propagation modes and band gap of periodic and non periodic structures. The PWE and 2D FDTD are solved using Bandsolve and Fullwave software in Rsoft.
The remaining part of this paper is arranged as follows: In Section II, the description of the structure and its band diagram with and without introducing defects are discussed. The PCRR based ADF and the calculation of filling fraction for circular, hexagonal and square rods based structure are described in Section III. In Section IV, the simulation results for different rod shapes and various cross sectional area based ADF are explained. Finally, Section V concludes the paper.
II. DESCRIPTION OF THE STRUCTURE
The proposed ADF with different rod shapes is designed using two dimensional square lattice PC. Fig. 1 shows the schematic structure of circular PCRR based ADF using square rods. The number of rods positioned in 'X' and 'Z' directions are 21. The distance between the two adjacent rods is 540 nm which is termed as lattice constant, 'a'. The radius (r) of the rod is 0.1 µm and the Silicon (Si) rod with refractive index 3.46 is positioned in air host. The Perfect Matched Layer (PML) is placed on all the side of the stucture as absorbing boundary condition .
The band diagram shown in Figs. 1 (a), 2 (a) and 3 (a) give the propagation modes and TE/TM PBG present in the 1×1 PC structure of circular, hexagonal and square rods in the square lattice structure, respectively. They have (both) TE and TM PBG. The TE/TM PBGs with normalized frequencies and their corresponding wavelength range for circular, hexagonal and square rods are listed in Table I, where the data in bold represents that the ranges of first TE PBG. The first reduced TE (electric field is parallel to the rod axis) PBG covers the third window of optical communication, hence, it is considered here for designing ADF.
The band diagram after the introduction of line and point defects (21×21 PC) with circular, hexagonal and square rods is clearly pictured in Figs. 1 (b), 2 (b) and 3 (b), respectively. It is envisaged that, the introduced defects permit the guided modes to propagate inside this PBG region that contributes the resonance. This peculiar behavior is used here to design the PCRR based ADF.
III. PHOTONIC CRYSTAL RING RESONATOR BASED ADF AND CALCULATION OF FILLING FRACTION
A. Photonic Crystal Ring Resonator based ADF
In general, a ring resonator is positioned between two optical waveguides to provide an ideal basic structure for ADF. The PCRR based ADF (see in Fig. 1) consists of two waveguides in horizontal (г-x) direction and a circular PCRR is placed between them. The top waveguide is called as bus waveguide whereas bottom waveguide is termed as dropping waveguide. The input signal port is marked as 'A' with arrow in the top (bus) waveguide. The ports 'C' and 'D' of bottom (drop) waveguide are the drop terminals and denoted as forward dropping and backward dropping terminals, respectively, while the port 'B' of the top waveguide is defined as the forward transmission terminal. The bus waveguide is formed by introducing line defects and the circular PCRR is shaped by point defects.
The PCRR is constructed by varying the position of inner rods and outer rods from its original position towards center. The inner rods are built by varying the position of adjacent rods in the four sides, from its center, by 25%, whereas the outer rods are constructed by varying the position of second rod in the four sides, from its center, by 25% in both 'X' and 'Z' directions where 'X' is the horizontal direction and 'Z' is the vertical direction. The number of rings that is formed by the inner rod is three. The rods inside the circular PCRR are called inner rods whereas the outer rods are positioned around the inner cavity. The coupling rods are placed between circular PCRR and waveguides. The scatterer rod ('s') is placed in each corner of the ring resonator with half lattice constant which is used to enhance the performance of the ADF by reducing the counter propagation modes at resonance and off resonance. The material properties, size and shape of the scatterer rods are similar to other rods .
At resonance, the power is coupled from the bus waveguide into the dropping waveguide through resonator and exits through one of its output ports. The coupling and dropping efficiencies are noted by monitoring the power at ports 'B' and, 'C' & 'D', respectively. In order to maximize the output power efficiency, the cavity has to support two degenerating modes with odd and even symmetry with respect to an axis which is orthogonal to the waveguides . The designed structure has two guided modes as shown in Figs. 1 (b), 2 (b) and 3 (b).
B. Calculation of Filling Fraction
The number of rods used in 'X' and 'Z' directions is 21, for all the three structures, which determines the filling factor in turn the foot print of the ADF. The foot print for these three structures is same. The filling factor is the number of rods placed in the structure. The filling fraction is defined as the space occupied by rods in a lattice which is nothing but the area covered by rods in the lattice. Since, we have considered circular, hexagonal and square rods, the area of single rod and all rods in the structure are calculated primarily by using the basic formulae of the respective geometry.
The value of radius (r), width (w) and area (a) for circular, hexagonal and square rods are 0.1 µm, 0.2 µm and 0.2 µm, respectively. The calculated area of single rod and the filling fraction of the structure with defects, overall area of the structure in square lattice and percentage of filling fraction are listed in the Table II.
The total number of rods in the structure is 441 (21×21) and the number of rods that are removed while introducing the defects is 66, hence, the total number of rods in the structure after the introduction of line and point defects becomes 375. In order to enhance the output performance of the filter, four scatterer rods are also inserted at each corner of the ring which reduces the counter propagation modes. Finally, the total number of rods in each of the structures after the introduction of defects comes to 379. The area of single rod is computed and then that is multiplied by 379 to get the filling fraction of the structure. It is very clear from the Table II that the filling fraction of the structure using square rod is relatively high while comparing filling fraction of other rod shapes.
IV. SIMULATION RESULTS AND DISCUSSIONS
A Gaussian input signal is launched into the input port. The normalized transmission spectra are obtained at ports 'B', 'C' and 'D' by conducting Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) of the fields that are calculated by 2D FDTD method. The input and output signal power is recorded by power monitors which are positioned at the input and output ports. The normalized transmission is calculated through the following formula:
Where T(f) is a normalized transmission as a function of frequency, p(f)monitor represents Poynting vector monitored by the power monitor at the output port of the device and dS is the surface normal. The further normalization at the output side does not affect the result because of the source power normalization. Finally, the T(f) is converted as function of wavelength.
Fig. 5 (a) and (b) depict the normalized transmission spectra of square rod based ADF without scatterer rods and with scatterer rods. It is clear from that the coupling efficiency, dropping efficiency, and Q factor of the ADF without scatterer rods becomes low owing to the scattering at corners at resonance condition. The schematic structure and normalized transmission spectra of circular and hexagonal rods based ADF are shown in Figs. 6 (a) and (b), and Figs. 7 (a) and (b), respectively. The resonant wavelength of circular, hexagonal and square rod shape based ADF is 1494 nm, 1504 nm and 1520 nm, respectively, whose corresponding filling fraction is 11.9006 × 10-12 sq.m, 13.1134 × 10-12 sq.m and 15.16 × 10-12 sq.m. The total area of the square lattice is 129.96 × 10-12 sq.m.
Although, shape of the cavity, size of the ring resonator and number of rods in the considered structure are same, the resonant wavelength is not same for all the filters owing to unique filling fraction. The different rod shapes of the structure provide unique filling fraction inturn resonant wavelength. Since, the filling fraction of hexagonal and square rod based structure is higher than circular rod which results the resonance to occur at longer wavelength with trivial reduction in performance. Additionally, the response of the result has clearly shown that the circular and hexagonal rod shape provide 100% (±0.02%) coupling and dropping efficiencies and their Q factor is 124.5 and 107.4, respectively, which are meeting the requirements for ITU-T G. 694.2 eight channel Coarse Wavelength Division Multiplexing (CWDM) system  for optical networks and integrated optics. The Q factor is defined as the ratio of the resonant wavelength of the ADF to full width half maximum (λ/Δλ). The resonant wavelength, coupling and dropping efficiencies, passband width and Q factor of square, circular and hexagonal rod based ADFs without and with scatterer rods are listed in the Table III.
The Figs. 8 (a) and (b), (c) and (d), and, (e) and (f) depict the electric filed pattern of pass region and stop region of square, circular and hexagonal rods based ADF with scatterer rods. It shows that, at resonant wavelength the electric field from the bus waveguide is coupled into the ring and reached into one of its output ports, whereas at 'off' resonance the signal reaches the transmission terminal. It is also noted that certain part of signal power (1% to 8% which is neglighle) is reaching the other ports at "off" resonance owing to the scattering.
A. Effect of variation in filling fraction
To investigate the effect of resonant wavelength with respect to filling fraction, the variation in rod radius (ciruclar and hexagonal) and width of the rod (square) are accounted. Here, the radius (width) of the rods in the structure is varied from 0.09 (0.18) µm to 0.11 (0.22) µm with 0.02 (0.04) µm uniform step value. Increase in uniform step value of structural parameters, the filling fraction of the structure and area of the single rod of circular, hexagonal and square rod based ADF structure are increased by 0.4737×10-12 sq.m, 0.5343×10-12 sq.m and 0.6046×10-12 sq.m, and 0.00125×10-12 sq.m, 0.00143×10-12 sq.m and 0.0016×10-12 sq.m, respectively.
Fig. 9 (a) shows the variation of resonant wavelength with respect to radius (width) of the rods for different rod shape based ADF. The variation in overall filling fraction while variing the radius is 9.6266 ×10-12 sq.m to 14.3641×10-12 sq.m (circular), 10.5362×10-12 sq.m to 15.8801×10-12 sq.m (hexagonal) and 12.2976×10-12 sq.m to 18.3436×10-12 sq.m (square) whose corresponding resonant wavelength variation is 1475 nm to 1513 nm (circular), 1485 nm to 1526 nm (hexagonal) and 1497 nm to 1547 nm (square). It clearly shows that there is linear resonant wavelength shift into longer wavelength while increasing the radius (width) of the rod inturn filling fraction. The filter parameters (coupling and dropping efficiencies, passband width and Q factor) are not affected as much at lower filling fraction. However, there is significant change noted at higher filling fraction. The resonant wavelength shift for every increase in step value of radius for circular, hexagonal and width for square rod is given below:
Δλ / Δr = 3.8 nm / 0.02 µm (for circular rods)
Δλ / Δr = 4 nm / 0.02 µm (for hexagonal rods)
Δλ / Δw = 5 nm / 0.04 µm (for square rods)
where Δλ is the shift in resonant wavelength, Δr is the change in radius of the rod and Δw is the change in width of the rod.
Fig. 9 (b) presents the comparison of resonant wavelength with the variation of overall filling fraction for all rod shapes. It reveals that there is a linear relationship between the resonant wavelength and filling fraction irrespective of the shape of the rod and also while varying the cross sectional dimension of the rod, even the ranges of overall filling fraction is unique for different rod shapes. It is concluded that there is 1 nm wavelength shift in resonant wavelength is observed for every changing overall filling fraction of 0.1233 × 10-12 sq.m and area of single rod by 0.0033 × 10-12 sq.m.
The effect of resonant wavelength and functional parameters of the filters are examined in detail with respect to the variation of filling fraction with the assumption that the structure is made up of only one type of rod shape. Interestingly, a linear relation between filling fraction and resonant wavelength is noticed and after conducting detailed study the rate of shift is also quantified in the previous sections. In continuation with that the authors like to explore the behavior of resonance of the structure/filter when the structure is made up of more than one type of rod shapes.
As there are three rod shapes and two portions of the structure (inner and scatterer rod) are considered, many combinations are possible with rod shape and place of positioning. Among them, six different combinations are only accounted for this investigation. The details of the filling fraction with the corresponding resonant wavelength of circular rod based structure with different rod shapes are listed in Table IV. As expected, the resonant wavelength shift is linear while varying the filling fraction irrespective of rod shape. The similar analysis is also carried out by keeping hexagonal and square rods in the structure with different rod shapes in inner and scatterer rods whose corresponding details are tabularized in Table V and Table VI. Though, the change in filtering performance of this structure is trivial, there is a linear relationship noticed between resonant wavelength and filling fraction.
Finally, while increasing the filling fraction the resonant wavelength linearly shifts into the longer wavelength and vice-versa. By choosing appropriate values, it is possible to add or drop any one of the desired channels of ITU-T 694.2 CWDM  systems. The center wavelength, channel spacing and passband width of this standard are, 1471 nm to 1611 nm, 20 nm and 13 nm±1.5 nm, respectively.
Generally, there are two types of loss mechanism occurring in photonic crystal based devices (a) Intrinsic loss which accounts the loss inside the cavity (absorption and out of plane scattering and material loss due to surface roughness and material imperfection) and (b) Extrinsic loss which accounts for the energy leakage of the cavity due to the coupling with the waveguide and ring resonator. Owing to these losses in this type of structure, the variation (tolerance) of the resonant wavelength shift is acceptable (as the performances of the device is not detoriating much) by as much as 2.5 % to 5 % from the nominal value . Though, the fabrication of hexagonal shape rods is little bit difficult and fabrication losses also higher than circular and square shape rods, the fabrication loss can be minimized by selecting the proper fabrication technique [31, 32].
The performance of Two Dimensional circular Photonic Crystal Ring Resonator based Add Drop Filter is investigated by designing ADF with different rod shapes i.e., circular, hexagonal and square rods and varying the radius/width (filling fraction) of the rods. The filter parameters such as resonant wavelength, coupling efficiency, dropping efficiency, passband width and Q factor of different rod
shape based ADF is investigated and compared. The resonant wavelength of the filter is not same for all the rod shape due to unique filling fraction. The relative filling fraction (%) and resonant wavelength of a circular, hexagonal and square rod based structures are 11.9006 ×10-12 sq.m (9.15%),
13.1134 ×10-12 sq.m (10.09%) and 15.16 ×1-12 0sq.m (11.66%) and 1494 nm, 1504 nm and 1520 nm, respectively. It is concluded that there is 1 nm wavelength shift is observed while increasing the overall filling fraction by 0.1233×10-12 sq.m (0.0948%) and rod filling fraction by 0.0033 ×10-12 sq.m (0.0025%). Also, the filling fraction of homogeneous and heterogeneous structure is linearly depending on the resonant wavelength. Approximately, 3.8 nm, 4 nm and 5 nm resonant wavelength shift is observed for every changing radius (0.02 µm) / width (0.04 µm) of circular, hexagonal and square rods. Close to, 100% of coupling and dropping efficiencies are observed for circular and hexagonal rod based ADF whose Q factor is 124.5 and 107.42, respectively. Hence, the authors recommend both circular and hexagonal rod geometry for the design of PCRR based ADF to get better results.
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Received 16 Sept. 2011; for review 23 Sept. 2011; accepted 24 Feb. 2012