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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 2 — Jan. 19, 2009
  • pp: 933–940

Fast light in silicon ring resonator with resonance-splitting

Qiang Li, Ziyang Zhang, Jing Wang, Min Qiu, and Yikai Su  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 2, pp. 933-940 (2009)

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We report experimental demonstration of fast light in an over-coupled ultra-compact silicon ring resonator with resonance-splitting. Strong mutual-coupling induced by the grating inside the ring leads to split resonances and accompanying large anomalous dispersion, thus providing a new approach to realizing fast light in the over-coupled region of the ring resonator. In the experiment, a maximum pulse advancement of 130 ps with low distortion is achieved for a 1-ns signal pulse in a 10-μm-radius silicon ring resonator. The observed pulse advancement agrees well with the theoretical calculation based on coupled mode theory.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(130.0130) Integrated optics : Integrated optics
(230.4555) Optical devices : Coupled resonators

ToC Category:
Slow and Fast Light

Original Manuscript: July 31, 2008
Revised Manuscript: September 25, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: September 25, 2008
Published: January 13, 2009

Qiang Li, Ziyang Zhang, Jing Wang, Min Qiu, and Yikai Su, "Fast light in silicon ring resonator with resonance-splitting," Opt. Express 17, 933-940 (2009)

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