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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 15 — Jul. 19, 2010
  • pp: 15544–15552

First demonstration of long-haul transmission using silicon microring modulators

Aleksandr Biberman, Sasikanth Manipatruni, Noam Ophir, Long Chen, Michal Lipson, and Keren Bergman  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 15, pp. 15544-15552 (2010)

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We report error-free long-haul transmission of optical data modulated using a silicon microring resonator electro-optic modulator with modulation rates up to 12.5 Gb/s. Using bit-error-rate and power penalty characterizations, we evaluate the performance of this device with varying modulation rates, and perform a comparative analysis using a commercial electro-optic modulator. We then experimentally measure the signal integrity degradation of the high-speed optical data with increasing propagation distances, induced chromatic dispersions, and bandwidth-distance products, showing error-free transmission for propagation distances up to 80 km. These results confirm the functional ubiquity of this silicon modulator, establishing the potential role of silicon photonic interconnects for chip-scale high-performance computing systems and memory access networks, optically-interconnected data centers, as well as high-performance telecommunication networks spanning large distances.

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OCIS Codes
(130.0250) Integrated optics : Optoelectronics
(230.3120) Optical devices : Integrated optics devices
(250.3140) Optoelectronics : Integrated optoelectronic circuits
(250.4110) Optoelectronics : Modulators

ToC Category:
Integrated Optics

Original Manuscript: June 7, 2010
Revised Manuscript: June 28, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: June 28, 2010
Published: July 7, 2010

Aleksandr Biberman, Sasikanth Manipatruni, Noam Ophir, Long Chen, Michal Lipson, and Keren Bergman, "First demonstration of long-haul transmission using silicon microring modulators," Opt. Express 18, 15544-15552 (2010)

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