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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 17 — Aug. 26, 2013
  • pp: 19624–19633

Nanowires and sidewall Bragg gratings in silicon as enabling technologies for microwave photonic filters

Lawrence R. Chen, Jia Li, Mina Spasojevic, and Rhys Adams  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 17, pp. 19624-19633 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.21.019624


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Abstract

We describe the use of various silicon photonic device technologies to implement microwave photonic filters (MPFs). We demonstrate four-wave mixing in a silicon nanowire waveguide (SNW) to increase the number of taps for MPFs based on finite impulse response filter designs. Using a 12 mm long SNW reduces the footprint by five orders of magnitude compared to silica highly nonlinear fiber while only requiring approximately two times more input power. We also demonstrate optical delays based on serial sidewall Bragg grating arrays and step-chirped sidewall Bragg gratings in silicon waveguides. We obtain up to 63 ps delay in discrete steps from 15 ps to 32 ps over a wide bandwidth range from 33 nm to at least 62 nm. These components can be integrated with other silicon-based components such as integrated spectral shapers and modulators to realize a fully integrated MPF.

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OCIS Codes
(130.3120) Integrated optics : Integrated optics devices
(060.5625) Fiber optics and optical communications : Radio frequency photonics

ToC Category:
Microwave Photonics

History
Original Manuscript: May 31, 2013
Revised Manuscript: July 29, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: August 7, 2013
Published: August 14, 2013

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Microwave Photonics (2013) Optics Express

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Lawrence R. Chen, Jia Li, Mina Spasojevic, and Rhys Adams, "Nanowires and sidewall Bragg gratings in silicon as enabling technologies for microwave photonic filters," Opt. Express 21, 19624-19633 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-21-17-19624


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