Infrared tunable multichannel filter in a doped semiconductor-dielectric photonic crystal heterostructure

Hui Chuan Hung*, Chien Jang Wu, Shoou Jinn Chang

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A design of near- to mid-infrared tunable multichannel filter (MCF) based on the doped semiconductor-dielectric photonic crystal (PC) heterostructure is proposed. Here, a strongly extrinsic semiconductor, n-type germanium nGe, is used as one of the constituent layers. The occurrence of multichannel feature originates from the negative-permittivity in the highly doped nGe. The existence of tunable feature is due to its concentration-dependent permittivity. It is of interest to find that, in such MCFs, the number of channels, i.e., the number of resonant transmission peaks, is directly related to the stack number, and these peaks are located within the pass band of the ideal host PC. The multiple channels are blueshifted as the impurity concentration increases. This design suggests an alternative of engineering the pass band for realizing an MCF instead of engineering photonic band gap in a PC containing photonic quantum well structure as a defect. Our analysis is made based on the transfer matrix method together with the Bloch theorem.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6111424
Pages (from-to)361-366
Number of pages6
JournalIEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • Doped semiconductor
  • Multichannel filter
  • Photonic crystal
  • Transfer matrix method

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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