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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 3 — Jan. 30, 2012
  • pp: 2911–2923

12.5-Gb/s operation with 0.29-V·cm VπL using silicon Mach-Zehnder modulator based-on forward-biased pin diode

Suguru Akiyama, Takeshi Baba, Masahiko Imai, Takeshi Akagawa, Masashi Takahashi, Naoki Hirayama, Hiroyuki Takahashi, Yoshiji Noguchi, Hideaki Okayama, Tsuyoshi Horikawa, and Tatsuya Usuki  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 3, pp. 2911-2923 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.20.002911


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Abstract

We present high-speed operation of pin-diode-based silicon Mach-Zehnder modulators that have side-wall gratings on both sides of the waveguide core. The use of pre-emphasis signals generated with a finite impulse response digital filter was examined in the frequency domain to show how the filter works for different filter parameter sets. In large signal modulation experiments, VπL as low as 0.29 V·cm was obtained at 12.5 Gb/s using a fabricated modulator and the pre-emphasis technique. Operation of up to 25-Gb/s is possible using basically the same driving configurations.

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OCIS Codes
(200.4650) Optics in computing : Optical interconnects
(250.5300) Optoelectronics : Photonic integrated circuits
(250.7360) Optoelectronics : Waveguide modulators
(250.4110) Optoelectronics : Modulators

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Optoelectronics

History
Original Manuscript: November 22, 2011
Revised Manuscript: December 30, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: January 18, 2012
Published: January 24, 2012

Citation
Suguru Akiyama, Takeshi Baba, Masahiko Imai, Takeshi Akagawa, Masashi Takahashi, Naoki Hirayama, Hiroyuki Takahashi, Yoshiji Noguchi, Hideaki Okayama, Tsuyoshi Horikawa, and Tatsuya Usuki, "12.5-Gb/s operation with 0.29-V·cm VπL using silicon Mach-Zehnder modulator based-on forward-biased pin diode," Opt. Express 20, 2911-2923 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-20-3-2911


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