A low-loss polarization-independent and wavelength-insensitive mode converter is demonstrated for coupling between standard single-mode fiber (SMF) and 1.5-$\mu$m-thick silicon waveguides. This mode converter consists of a double-stage taper fabricated using planar processing. Optical testing results show facet loss of approximately $-$1.5 dB/facet, for TE and TM polarizations across a wide wavelength range.
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Assia Barkai, Ansheng Liu, Daewoong Kim, Rami Cohen, Nomi Elek, Hsu-Hao Chang, Bilal H. Malik, Rami Gabay, Richard Jones, Mario Paniccia, and Nahum Izhaky, "Double-Stage Taper for Coupling Between SOI Waveguides and Single-Mode Fiber," J. Lightwave Technol. 26, 3860-3865 (2008)