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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 15 — Jul. 23, 2007
  • pp: 9147–9151

Supermode Si/III-V hybrid lasers, optical amplifiers and modulators: A proposal and analysis

Amnon Yariv and Xiankai Sun  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 15, pp. 9147-9151 (2007)

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We describe a hybrid laser structure which consists of an amplifying III-V waveguide proximity-coupled to a passive Si waveguide. By operating near the synchronism point (where the phase velocities of the individual waveguides are equal), we can cause the optical power to be confined to any of the two waveguides. This is accomplished by control of waveguides’ geometry. In the portion of the supermode resonator where amplification takes place, the mode is confined nearly completely to III-V guide thus realizing a near maximal gain. Near the output facet, the mode power is confined to the Si waveguide thus optimizing the output coupling. This is to be contrasted with approaches which depend on evanescent field penetration into the III-V medium to obtain gain.

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OCIS Codes
(130.2790) Integrated optics : Guided waves
(130.3120) Integrated optics : Integrated optics devices
(140.5960) Lasers and laser optics : Semiconductor lasers
(250.3140) Optoelectronics : Integrated optoelectronic circuits

ToC Category:
Integrated Optics

Original Manuscript: May 11, 2007
Revised Manuscript: July 6, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: July 7, 2007
Published: July 11, 2007

Amnon Yariv and Xiankai Sun, "Supermode Si/III-V hybrid lasers, optical amplifiers and modulators: A proposal and analysis," Opt. Express 15, 9147-9151 (2007)

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