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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 11 — May. 25, 2009
  • pp: 9204–9211

Strong electro-optical modulation enhancement in a slow wave corrugated waveguide

A. Brimont, P. Sanchis, and J. Martí  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 11, pp. 9204-9211 (2009)

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We modelled strong slow wave modulation enhancement in a rib corrugated waveguide with respect to a conventional rib waveguide, both embedded in a reverse biased pn junction. This enhancement is characterized in terms of effective index change versus reverse bias variations from 0V to −10V and for moderate group velocities varying in the range 0.02c to 0.15c. Interaction lengths and insertion losses below 750 μm and 3dB are respectively found for voltage variations in the range −8V to −10V. Furthermore, the device electrical modulation bandwidth is expected to be higher than 10 GHz.

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OCIS Codes
(230.2090) Optical devices : Electro-optical devices
(250.5300) Optoelectronics : Photonic integrated circuits
(250.7360) Optoelectronics : Waveguide modulators

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Original Manuscript: February 27, 2009
Revised Manuscript: May 4, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: May 5, 2009
Published: May 15, 2009

A. Brimont, P. Sanchis, and J. Martí, "Strong electro-optical modulation enhancement in a slow wave corrugated waveguide," Opt. Express 17, 9204-9211 (2009)

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