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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 15 — Jul. 21, 2008
  • pp: 11624–11636

All-optical switching in 2D silicon photonic crystals with low loss waveguides and optical cavities

Michele Belotti, Juan F. Galisteo-López, Sara De Angelis, Matteo Galli, Ivan Maksymov, Lucio Claudio Andreani, David Peyrade, and Yong Chen  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 15, pp. 11624-11636 (2008)

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A study of the optical transmission of low-loss W1.5 photonic crystal waveguides built on silicon membranes and operating at telecom wavelengths is presented. The feasibility of performing all-optical switching is demonstrated for W1.5 waveguides coupled with L3 cavities, systems amenable for incorporation in on-chip devices. Switching of waveguide transmission is achieved by means of optical excitation of free carriers using a 2.5 ns pump laser. Experimental results are reproduced by finite-difference time-domain simulations which model the response of the finite system and band structure calculations describing the infinite, ideal one.

© 2008 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(130.4815) Integrated optics : Optical switching devices
(130.5296) Integrated optics : Photonic crystal waveguides

ToC Category:
Integrated Optics

Original Manuscript: April 15, 2008
Revised Manuscript: July 14, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: July 14, 2008
Published: July 18, 2008

Michele Belotti, Juan F. Galisteo Lòpez, Sara De Angelis, Matteo Galli, Ivan Maksymov, Lucio C. Andreani, David Peyrade, and Yong Chen, "All-optical switching in 2D silicon photonic crystals with low loss waveguides and optical cavities," Opt. Express 16, 11624-11636 (2008)

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