ARRAW: anti-resonant reflecting acoustic waveguides

M. K. Schmidt, M. C. O’Brien, M. J. Steel, C. G. Poulton

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Development of acoustic and optoacoustic on-chip technologies calls for new solutions to guiding, storing and interfacing acoustic and optical waves in integrated silicon-on-insulator systems. One of the biggest challenges in this field is to suppress the radiative dissipation of the propagating acoustic waves, while co-localizing the optical and acoustic fields in the same region of an integrated waveguide. Here we address this problem by introducing anti-resonant reflecting acoustic waveguides (ARRAWs)—mechanical analogues of the anti-resonant reflecting optical waveguides. We discuss the principles of anti-resonant guidance and establish guidelines for designing efficient ARRAWs. Finally, we demonstrate examples of the simplest silicon/silica ARRAW platforms that can simultaneously serve as near-IR optical waveguides, and support strong backward Brillouin scattering.
Original languageEnglish
Article number053011
Pages (from-to)1-18
Number of pages18
JournalNew Journal of Physics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 4 May 2020

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  • acoustic waveguides
  • Brillouin scattering
  • nonlinear optics


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