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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 6 — Mar. 12, 2012
  • pp: 6163–6169

High-speed low-voltage single-drive push-pull silicon Mach-Zehnder modulators

Po Dong, Long Chen, and Young-kai Chen  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 6, pp. 6163-6169 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.20.006163


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Abstract

We demonstrate a single-drive push-pull silicon Mach-Zehnder modulator (MZM) with a π-phase-shift voltage of 3.1 V and speed up to 30 Gb/s. The on-chip insertion loss is 9 dB due to the use of a 6 mm-long phase shifter. Higher switching speed up to 40-50 Gb/s is also demonstrated in devices with shorter phase shifters which require higher drive voltages but have lower insertion losses.

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OCIS Codes
(230.3120) Optical devices : Integrated optics devices
(250.5300) Optoelectronics : Photonic integrated circuits
(250.7360) Optoelectronics : Waveguide modulators

ToC Category:
Optoelectronics

History
Original Manuscript: January 18, 2012
Revised Manuscript: February 21, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: February 25, 2012
Published: February 29, 2012

Citation
Po Dong, Long Chen, and Young-kai Chen, "High-speed low-voltage single-drive push-pull silicon Mach-Zehnder modulators," Opt. Express 20, 6163-6169 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-20-6-6163


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