Photonic Nanojets and Whispering Gallery Modes in Smooth and Corrugated Micro-Cylinders under Point-Source Illumination
Photonic Nanojets and Whispering Gallery Modes in Smooth and Corrugated Micro-Cylinders under...
Mahariq, Ibrahim;Abdeljawad, Thabet;Karar, Abdullah S.;Alboon, Shadi A.;Kurt, Hamza;Maslov, Alexey V.
hv photonics Article Photonic Nanojets and Whispering Gallery Modes in Smooth and Corrugated Micro-Cylinders under Point-Source Illumination 1, 2,3,4, 1 1,5 Ibrahim Mahariq * , Thabet Abdeljawad * , Abdullah S. Karar , Shadi A. Alboon , 6 7 Hamza Kurt and Alexey V. Maslov College of Engineering and Technology, American University of the Middle East, Al-Eqaila 54200, Kuwait; firstname.lastname@example.org (A.S.K.); email@example.com (S.A.A.) Department of Mathematics and General Sciences, Prince Sultan University, P. O. Box 66833, Riyadh 11586, Saudi Arabia Department of Medical Research, China Medical University, Taichung 40402, Taiwan Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering, Asia University, Taichung 41354, Taiwan Electronics Engineering Department, Hijjawi Faculty for Engineering Technology, Yarmouk University, Irbid 21163, Jordan Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, TOBB University of Economics and Technology, Ankara 06560, Turkey; firstname.lastname@example.org Department of Radiophysics, University of Nizhny Novgorod, 603950 Nizhny Novgorod, Russia; email@example.com * Correspondence: firstname.lastname@example.org (I.M.); email@example.com (T.A.); Tel.: +965-2225-1400 (I.M.) Received: 15 June 2020; Accepted: 15 July 2020; Published: 21 July 2020 Abstract: We numerically investigate the generation of photonic nanojets (PNJs) and the excitation of whispering gallery modes (WGMs) supported by both smooth and corrugated dielectric micro-cylinders under point-source illumination. Results show that the location of the point-source deﬁnes the location and properties of PNJs, whereas stability of WGMs exists in smooth micro-cylinders but vanishes in corrugated ones. It is shown that the location of the point-source acts as an additional degree of freedom for controlling the characteristics of the generated PNJs for both smooth and corrugated dielectric micro-cylinders. Furthermore, the inﬂuence of the point-source location on the stability of the excited WGMs was diminished for the smooth micro-cylinders, while being fully pronounced for their corrugated counterparts. Keywords: photonic nanojets; point-source illumination; whispering gallery modes; dielectric micro-cylinders 1. Introduction Photonic nanojets (PNJs) arise from the near-ﬁeld scattering of light from dielectric structures on the micrometer scale [1–30]. The formed nanojet is specially localized with high intensity, while exhibiting a diameter smaller than the diffraction limit across a wide range of optical wavelengths. These unique properties offer a potentially novel near-ﬁeld optical microscopy technique, which does not only overcomes the diffraction limitation of conventional optical microscopy, but also eliminates the reliance on evanescent ﬁelds [4,5]. Photonic nanojet have also been used in several applications, such as enhanced Raman scattering, biosensing, sub-diffraction-limited optical imaging, and single molecule detection [6–8]. In addition, photonic nanojets are shown to be attractive for high-density data storage, lithography, high-resolution microscopy, low-loss optical wave guides, and nonlinear optical Photonics 2020, 7, 50; doi:10.3390/photonics7030050 www.mdpi.com/journal/photonics Photonics 2020, 7, 50 2 of 11 effects [9,10]. There has been considerable research and development on the theoretical aspects , experimental demonstrations , and direct applications  of photonic nanojets in the literature. Under speciﬁc illumination conditions photonic nanojets disappear and instead a whispering gallery mode (WGM) is excited, as reported in the literature [12,13,15–17]. In Ref. , the authors explore the optical resonance dynamics of dielectric micro-cylinders under plane-wave illumination. The associated on-resonance and off-resonance characteristics were numerically demonstrated by using both Mie theory and the spectral element method (SEM). Speciﬁcally, the authors demonstrate that slight detuning in the radius and refractive index of the dielectric cylinder deteriorate the resonance condition and create a photonic nanojet. In addition, the authors in , report that strong power enhancement up to 3 orders of magnitude is attainable with small micro-cylinders. As the refractive index changes from 1.50 to 2.25, the corresponding required radius needed to support WGMs is captured through careful ﬁne-tuning. WGMs have not only been realized in smooth dielectric objects, but also in corrugated cylinders and hemicylindrical objects [16,17]. In , the authors report for the ﬁrst time the existence of PNJ and WGM effects depending on forward/backward light illuminations in dielectric hemicylindrical particles. In fact, hemicylindrical aided nanojets show a relatively small inﬂuence of the WGM regime, when excited, in comparison to their cylindrical aided nanojet counterparts. The vast majority of photonic nanojet studies employ either plane-wave source illumination  or Bessel-beam illumination  of dielectric micro-structures. The primary objective of this work is to investigate the generation of PNJs and WGMs supported by both smooth and corrugated dielectric micro-structures under point-source illumination. The work herein provides a demonstration of PNJ generation and WGM excitation under point-source illumination, which offers a more particle modelling scenario for microscopy where the sample is closer to the light source. The results presented in this work show that akin to plane-wave and Bessel-beam illuminations, point-source illumination not only generates PNJs but also exhibits WGMs, albeit with different electromagnetic dynamics and characteristics. In Ref. , the authors investigated the formation of photonic nanojets resulting from dielectric spheres illuminated by a focused beam. It is shown that the dimension of the jet beam waist is less sensitive when compared with plane-wave illumination. In addition, the authors in Ref.  investigated photonic nanojet formation due to a focused near-ﬁeld diffraction. Corrugation of the sidewall surface naturally occurs as a result of the imperfect nature of fabrication; however, in our work we consider a speciﬁc type of corrugation which possesses an azimuthal symmetry. There are many examples of photonic micro-structures with such geometrical properties. They include differently proﬁlated ﬁbers, see (Ref. ), or ﬁbers with hexagonal cross section, see (Ref. ), which can be obtained by various fabrication technologies. Another example is represented by the hexagonally shaped high-index nanowires, as shown in [33,34]. In Ref. , in order to enhance the imaging resolution by WGMs, the authors proposed possible approaches based on an electric dipole formed by two incoherent point sources located near the micro-cylinders. Their analyses are based on Mie theory in which some dominant modes are selected for the investigation while ignoring the lower contributing near-ﬁeld evanescent waves. In addition, in Ref. , the corrugated micro-cylinders have not been investigated. In contrast, in addition to the investigation of the latter point, the current work directly solves the governing electromagnetic wave equation to the electromagnetic structure. The main contribution of the current work can be highlighted by two points; the ﬁrst is the application of an illumination source that imitates practical wave excitation. In point-source illumination, the propagation directions of the wave fronts touching the surface of the micro-cylinder are not parallel to each other, as oppose to traditional plane-wave illumination. However, the second is the consideration of corrugation of the sidewall surface that occurs due to the imperfect nature of fabrication. In both cases, the generation of PNJ and WGMs are investigated. It is worthy to note that the point-source approximation is relevant to many physical situations. One of them is based on using, for example, photoexcited dye molecules. The molecules will re-radiate as point-like sources Photonics 2020, 7, 50 3 of 11 because their size is much smaller than the wavelength. The molecules can be deposited directly on the cylinder surface or located at some distance from it inside some liquids. One can certainly use other small light sources, such as semiconductor quantum dots. In this work, the spectral element method (SEM) is used for the computation of scattered and transmitted ﬁelds. In fact, this method has been recently applied to electromagnetic scattering and/or radiation problems due to its accuracy and the relatively low computational requirements [36–41]. By way of example, the authors in Ref.  compared the computational load and relative error among SEM, ﬁnite element method and ﬁnite difference method in several one- and two-dimensional problems and reported exceptional accuracy in the case of SEM with signiﬁcantly less computational cost. The remainder of this paper is structured as follows: in Section 2, the computational modelling domain using the SEM is deﬁned. Section 3, presents the results of point-source illumination for both PNJs and WGMs in the case of dielectric cylinders of constant radii, while Section 4 presents the results for corrugated cylinders. Conclusions are drawn in Section 5. 2. Deﬁnition of the Computational Problem The computational domain consists of a dielectric cylinder (whose radius is R and refractive index is n) existing in a medium whose refractive index is unity. As the domain is unbounded, the perfectly matched layer (PML) whose mathematical formulation is introduced in  is used for domain truncation. Figure 1 illustrates the schematic of the photonic structure in which d represents the distance from the source to the cylinder ’s closest point, and q = arctan(R/(R + d)) stands for the angle between propagation direction and the horizontal x-axis. In the background of Figure 1, the electric ﬁeld variation that represents the waves generated by point-source illumination is plotted. Here, the source (Green’s function) is governed by the Helmholtz equation: 2 inc 2 inc r E + k E = d(~r) (1) inc in which E denotes the electric ﬁeld which is incident onto the cylinder, k is the wave number, and d(~r) is the Dirac function. Since we are solving a two-dimensional problem the ﬁelds are independent of the z coordinate. Therefore, the line source turns to be a point source and the direction of propagation is perpendicular to the z-axis. The exact solution to Equation (1) can be expressed in terms of the (2) inc zero-order Hankel function of the second kind: E (~r) = (j/4)H (kj~rj). In Figure 2, the real part of the source ﬁeld is plotted along the x-axis. The ﬁeld decays rapidly near the source but as it propagates further away, it decays by 1/ r. In this type of illumination, the propagation directions of the waves fronts touching the surface of the cylinder are not parallel to each, which is quite different form plane-wave illumination. As d approaches ¥ the modelling is reduced to that of plane-wave illumination. In addition to regular cylinders deﬁned by a constant radius R, we considered another type of cylinders whose surface is corrugated with a proﬁle deﬁned by the following equation: Rphi = R 1 + sin (m f) sin (m f) (2) 0 1 2 where R is the average radius, b/R is the ratio of deformation of boundary to the average radius, 0 0 m and m are the two periods of the variations of the corrugated boundary with f being the azimuth 1 2 angle. Please note that when either m = 0 or m = 0, Equation (2) is reduced to the cylinder with 1 2 constant radius, R . 0 Photonics 2020, 7, 50 4 of 11 Figure 1. Schematic representation of the photonic structure illuminated by a point-source. Figure 2. Real part of the electric ﬁeld generated by a point-source. (x-axis is in terms of wavelength l). The following frequency-domain Helmholtz equation must be satisﬁed inside the computational domain (except the PML): 2 sca 2 sca 2 2 inc r E + (nk) E = k (1 n )E (3) sca where E stands for the scattered ﬁeld. Since n = 1 is assumed around the cylinder, Equation (3) reduces to the source-free homogenous Helmholtz equation. Discretizing the electromagnetic domain by SEM into elements requires more care than in the typical cases of ﬁnite difference or ﬁnite element method. This is because irregular domains can be discretized by only deformed quadrilateral elements. A special type of meshing grid is deployed in the SEM to solve the ﬁeld inside the computational domain. Gauss–Legendre–Lobatto (GLL) grids are used in the current work. To achieve the best accuracy offered by the SEM, Ref.  provides the optimum values of the attenuation factor associated with the number of nodes in GLLs. For the SEM formulation and SEM meshing, the reader may refer to [12,16], respectively, for further details. Photonics 2020, 7, 50 5 of 11 3. Illumination of Cylinders of Constant Radii To investigate PNJ generation, the point source is placed at a relatively close distance from the dielectric cylinder whose radius and refractive index are receptively 3l and 1.5, where l is the wavelength. In this work, the dimensions of the domain including the cylinder are normalized with respect to the incident wavelength. The photonic nanojets resulted from the point-source illumination are shown in Figure 3 when the source is placed at (a) d = 15l, (b) d = 10l, (c) d = 5l, and (d) d = 3l. o o o o Please note that the associate values of q = 9.5 , 13 , 20.6 , and 26.6 , respectively. Those values of d are chosen as they represent critical transition and noticeable change in the output between having a perfect plane wave and a wave generated by a point source. However, the R and n are chosen to obtain a typical nanojet at a typical refractive index. Although the distance between the source and the cylinder ’s surface is provided, the calculated the values of q are useful since they represent a measure of deviation from the plane-wave illumination case. Although one of the targets of this study is to investigate the effect of distance, and hence, the direction of propagating ﬁeld as it deviates from plane-wave characteristics, we would like to mention for clarity that the ﬁeld magnitudes as it touches the left edge of the cylinders were adjusted as (d, |E|) = (3l, 0.06), (5l, 0.04), (10l, 0.03), (15l, 0.02). Figure 3. Illumination by a point-source placed at different positions from a cylinder whose (R,n) = (3l,1.5): (a) d = 15l, (b) d = 10l, (c) d = 5l, and (d) d = 3l. (The colormap denotes the total ﬁeld magnitude). It can be clearly seen from the ﬁgure that as the source gets closer to the micro-cylinder, the photonic jet become longer in the x direction and is excited further away from the cylinder ’s surface. This behavior is quite interesting, i.e., despite the fact that the incident wavelength, radius and refractive index of the cylinder, are ﬁxed, still the characteristics of the nanojets can be altered by another parameter, namely the location of the point-source. As stated in the introduction section, two illumination scenarios were so far applied in the literature; the ﬁrst is the plane-wave illumination, and the other is Bessel-beam illumination. Under both scenarios, WGMs are captured. It is worthy to check whether WGMs still exist under other types of illumination. To check for the existence of WGMs, the following case (R = 3.06267l, n = 1.95) is considered. The values of R and n were picked up from  at which WGM appears. Figure 4 shows the ﬁeld magnitudes resulting from illumination by a point-source placed at two different positions: (a) d = 10l, and (b) d = 5l, and the associated ﬁeld magnitudes along x-axis are shown in (c) and (d), Photonics 2020, 7, 50 6 of 11 for (a) and (b), respectively. WGMs show stable behavior against the variation of the source position and this is contrary to photonic nanojet generation case. In other words, WGMs condition depends only on the refractive index n, radius of the cylinder R and incident wavelength l. To attract the readers’ attention, we would like to note that WGMs exist for different point source locations, but the mentioned two cases are chosen for illustration purpose only. Figure 4. Illumination by a point-source placed at two positions: (a) d = 10l, (b) d = 5l, when R = 3.06267l, n = 1.95. The associated ﬁeld magnitudes along x-axis are shown in (c) and (d), respectively. (The colormap denotes the total ﬁeld magnitude). Here it is worthy to point out that SEM, as mentioned earlier, is highly dominating the ﬁnite difference or ﬁnite element methods in terms computational accuracy. In other words, one should not expect the total ﬁeld distribution to be angularly symmetrical as in other studies where Mie theory is employed, and selective dominant modes are usually plotted. The reader may refer to [13,15,16] for more information. 4. Illumination of Corrugated Cylinders Numerical simulations for the point-source illumination of corrugated micro-cylinders are performed in this section. The simulation results indicate persistent photonic nanojet generation as with the smooth micro-cylinder case reported in the previous section. In Figure 5, at an average radius of 3l with a corrugation factor of b and at constant refractive index of 1.4, the magnitude of the total ﬁeld is presented for (a) d = 15l, b = 0.1, (b) d = 15l, b = 0.18, (c) d = 5l, b = 0.1,(b) d = 5l, b = 0.18. Here, the two periods of the variations of the corrugated boundary m and m are set to 16 1 2 and 4, respectively. The corrugation depth in (a) and (c) is kept the same (whereas it is increased in (b) and (c)) to realize the effect of the illuminating source location. In the same ﬁgure, part (e) and part (f) are included as a reference, i.e., in order to realize the effect of corrugation, the total ﬁeld is plotted at n = 1.4, R = 3l for smooth cylinder at a distance of d = 15l in (e) and d = 5l in (f). As can be clearly observed, when the source gets closer to the cylinder, the PNJ is generated further away while being accompanied with stronger ﬁeld localization at difference places near the cylinder ’s surface as Photonics 2020, 7, 50 7 of 11 a result of the corrugation proﬁle and depth. The latter point is similar in the smooth cylinder case; however, the corrugation geometry leads to strong nearby ﬁeld localization. In general, simulation results indicate that similar to the point-source illumination of smooth micro-cylinders, the corrugated micro-cylinders can sustain PNJs. Similarly, the point-source location acts as a degree of freedom for controlling the characteristics of the PNJ beyond the incident wavelength l, average radius R , m , m , b and refractive index n of the corrugated micro-cylinder. In addition, the parameters of the 1 2 corrugated micro-cylinder surface are then ﬁxed with a refractive index n = 1.452, a nominal average radius R = 3l, b = 0.178 and the two periods of the variations of the corrugated boundary m and m 0 1 2 are set to 16 and 4, respectively. Figure 5. Total ﬁeld inside and outside a dielectric corrugated cylinder whose (R, n) = (3l, 1.4) when illuminated by a point-source placed at different positions (a) d = 15l, b = 0.1, (b) d = 15l, b = 0.18, (c) d = 5l, b = 0.1, (d) d = 5l, b = 0.18, (e) d = 15l, b = 0, (f) d = 5l, b = 0. (The colormap denotes the total ﬁeld magnitude). To investigate the excitation of WGMs from point-source illumination of corrugated micro-cylinders the source location is placed further away in an effort to emulate a plane-wave source. Here, we performed many simulations searching for the values of n that results in having Photonics 2020, 7, 50 8 of 11 WGMs and found to be 1.452 at the selected depth of corrugation. Simulation results shown in Figure 6 when the source is closely placed at d = 9l, still indicate clearly that the excitation of WGMs is possible. However, as the point-source location is moved closer to the corrugated micro-cylinder the WGMs deteriorate into nanojets as depicted in Figure 7a,b, where the point-source location was set at d = 7l, and d = 5l, respectively. In contrast to the smooth micro-cylinder case of the previous section, which showed little dependence for the WGM stability on the distance d, this is not the case for the corrugated micro-cylinder, where the coherence of the WGMs deteriorate as the point-source is moved closer to the micro-cylinder surface. This is not all surprising as nanojets were reported for corrugated cylinders under normally incident plane-wave illumination . Figure 6. Illumination by a point-source placed at 9l, n = 1.452, (m ,m ) = (16,4), and b = 0.178. 1 2 (The colormap denotes the total ﬁeld magnitude). Figure 7. Illumination by a point-source for a cylinder with n = 1.452, (m ,m ) = (16,4), and b = 0.178 1 2 placed at: (a) d = 7l, and (b) d = 5l. (The colormap denotes the total ﬁeld magnitude). 5. Conclusions The generation of PNJs and the excitation of WGMs supported by both smooth and corrugated dielectric micro-cylinders under point-source illumination were numerically investigated. Although the incident wave fronts onto the micro-cylinders were not parallel to each other, PNJs and Photonics 2020, 7, 50 9 of 11 stable WGMs were observed. It has been shown that the location of the point-source acts as an additional degree of freedom for controlling the characteristics of the generated PNJs for both smooth and corrugated dielectric micro-cylinders. Furthermore, the location of the point-source had little effect on the stability of the excited WGMs for smooth micro-cylinders. However, this was not the case for the corrugated micro-cylinders where the coherence of the WGMs deteriorated as the point-source was brought closer to the corrugated micro-cylinder surface. 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