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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 18 — Sep. 1, 2008
  • pp: 13752–13757

Coded output photonic A/D converter based on photonic crystal slow-light structures

Sunkyu Yu, Sukmo Koo, and Namkyoo Park  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 18, pp. 13752-13757 (2008)

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A photonic analog-to-digital converter (PADC) utilizing a slow-light photonic crystal Mach-Zehnder interferometer (MZI) is proposed, to enable the optically coded output of a PADC with reduced device size and power consumption. Assuming an index modulation for the MZI on the Taylor’s PADC structure, limiting factors in device size, speed, and effective number of bits are derived considering the signal transition time of the light and the slow light dispersion effects. Details of the device design and results of a time domain assessment of the device performance is described with discussions on the feasibility of sub-mm size, 20GS/s operation of the device having the ENOB (effective number of bits) >5.

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OCIS Codes
(130.0130) Integrated optics : Integrated optics
(200.4740) Optics in computing : Optical processing
(230.4555) Optical devices : Coupled resonators
(050.5298) Diffraction and gratings : Photonic crystals
(250.4110) Optoelectronics : Modulators

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Integrated Optics

Original Manuscript: June 24, 2008
Revised Manuscript: August 10, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: August 10, 2008
Published: August 21, 2008

Sunkyu Yu, Sukmo Koo, and Namkyoo Park, "Coded output photonic A/D converter based on photonic crystal slow-light structures," Opt. Express 16, 13752-13757 (2008)

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