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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 21 — Oct. 10, 2011
  • pp: 19886–19894

Ultra-high-speed wavelength conversion in a silicon photonic chip

Hao Hu, Hua Ji, Michael Galili, Minhao Pu, Christophe Peucheret, Hans Christian H. Mulvad, Kresten Yvind, Jørn M. Hvam, Palle Jeppesen, and Leif K. Oxenløwe  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 21, pp. 19886-19894 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.19.019886


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Abstract

We have successfully demonstrated all-optical wavelength conversion of a 640-Gbit/s line-rate return-to-zero differential phase-shift keying (RZ-DPSK) signal based on low-power four wave mixing (FWM) in a silicon photonic chip with a switching energy of only ~110 fJ/bit. The waveguide dispersion of the silicon nanowire is nano-engineered to optimize phase matching for FWM and the switching power used for the signal processing is low enough to reduce nonlinear absorption from two-photon-absorption (TPA). These results demonstrate that high-speed wavelength conversion is achievable in silicon chips with high data integrity and indicate that high-speed operation can be obtained at moderate power levels where nonlinear absorption due to TPA and free-carrier absorption (FCA) is not detrimental. This demonstration can potentially enable high-speed optical networks on a silicon photonic chip.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2330) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics communications
(070.4340) Fourier optics and signal processing : Nonlinear optical signal processing
(230.7405) Optical devices : Wavelength conversion devices

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

History
Original Manuscript: August 3, 2011
Revised Manuscript: August 30, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: August 30, 2011
Published: September 26, 2011

Citation
Hao Hu, Hua Ji, Michael Galili, Minhao Pu, Christophe Peucheret, Hans Christian H. Mulvad, Kresten Yvind, Jørn M. Hvam, Palle Jeppesen, and Leif K. Oxenløwe, "Ultra-high-speed wavelength conversion in a silicon photonic chip," Opt. Express 19, 19886-19894 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-19-21-19886


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