Fano resonances of dielectric gratings: Symmetries and broadband filtering

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Optics Express, 2015, 23 (24), pp. A1672 - A1686
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© 2015 Optical Society of America. The guided mode resonances (GMRs) of diffraction gratings surrounded by low index materials can be designed to produce broadband regions of near perfect reflection and near perfect transmission. These have many applications, including in optical isolators, in hybrid lasers cavities and in photovoltaics. The excitation of rapid GMRs occurs in a background of slowly varying Fabry-Perot oscillation, which produces Fano resonances.We demonstrate the critical role of the polarity of adjacent Fano resonances in the formation of the broadband features. We design gratings for photovoltaic applications that operate at wavelengths where material absorption must be considered and where light is incident at non-normal angles.
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