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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 9 — Apr. 23, 2012
  • pp: 9363–9370

A low–power high–speed InP microdisk modulator heterogeneously integrated on a SOI waveguide

Jens Hofrichter, Oded Raz, Antonio La Porta, Thomas Morf, Pauline Mechet, Geert Morthier, Tjibbe De Vries, Harm J. S. Dorren, and Bert J. Offrein  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 9, pp. 9363-9370 (2012)

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We report on the modulation characteristics of indium phosphide (InP) based microdisks heterogeneously integrated on a silicon–on–insulator (SOI) waveguide. We present static extinction ratios and dynamic operation up to 10 Gb/s. Operation with a bit–error rate below 1 × 10−9 is demonstrated at 2.5, 5.0 and 10.0 Gb/s and the performance is compared with that of a commercial modulator. Power penalties are analyzed with respect to the pattern length. The power consumption is calculated and compared with state–of–the–art integrated modulator concepts. We demonstrate that InP microdisk modulators combine low–power and low–voltage operation with low footprint and high–speed. Moreover, the devices can be fabricated using the same technology as for lasers, detectors and wavelength converters, making them very attractive for co–integration.

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OCIS Codes
(130.3120) Integrated optics : Integrated optics devices
(230.4110) Optical devices : Modulators
(230.4205) Optical devices : Multiple quantum well (MQW) modulators
(130.4110) Integrated optics : Modulators
(250.4110) Optoelectronics : Modulators

ToC Category:
Integrated Optics

Original Manuscript: January 4, 2012
Revised Manuscript: February 17, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: February 24, 2012
Published: April 9, 2012

Jens Hofrichter, Oded Raz, Antonio La Porta, Thomas Morf, Pauline Mechet, Geert Morthier, Tjibbe De Vries, Harm J. S. Dorren, and Bert J. Offrein, "A low–power high–speed InP microdisk modulator heterogeneously integrated on a SOI waveguide," Opt. Express 20, 9363-9370 (2012)

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