This paper describes the possibility to achieve a TE-TM mode conversion in a magneto-optical hybrid waveguide operating at λ = 1550 nm. This hybrid device is made by coating a SiO 2/ZrO 2 layer doped with magnetic nanoparticles on an ion-exchanged glass waveguide. Soft annealing (90 C) and UV treatment, both compatible with the ion exchange process, have been implemented to finalize the magneto-optical film. Optical characterizations that have been carried out demonstrated the efficiency of these hybrid structures in terms of lateral confinement and mode conversion. Indeed, TE to TM mode conversion has been observed when a longitudinal magnetic field is applied to the device. The amount of this conversion is discussed taking into account the distribution of light between the layer and the guide, and the modal birefringence of the structure.
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- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)