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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 9 — May. 6, 2013
  • pp: 10753–10763

Ultra-compact silicon photonic devices reconfigured by an optically induced semiconductor-to-metal transition

Judson D. Ryckman, Kent A. Hallman, Robert E. Marvel, Richard F. Haglund, Jr., and Sharon M. Weiss  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 9, pp. 10753-10763 (2013)

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Vanadium dioxide (VO2) is a promising reconfigurable optical material and has long been a focus of condensed matter research owing to its distinctive semiconductor-to-metal phase transition (SMT), a feature that has stimulated recent development of thermally reconfigurable photonic, plasmonic, and metamaterial structures. Here, we integrate VO2 onto silicon photonic devices and demonstrate all-optical switching and reconfiguration of ultra-compact broadband Si-VO2 absorption modulators (L < 1 μm) and ring-resonators (R ~ λ0). Optically inducing the SMT in a small, ~0.275 μm2, active area of polycrystalline VO2 enables Si-VO2 structures to achieve record values of absorption modulation, ~4 dB μm−1, and intracavity phase modulation, ~π/5 rad μm−1. This in turn yields large, tunable changes to resonant wavelength, |ΔλSMT| ~ 3 nm, approximately 60 times larger than Si-only control devices, and enables reconfigurable filtering and optical modulation in excess of 7 dB from modest Q-factor (~103), high-bandwidth ring resonators (>100 GHz). All-optical integrated Si-VO2 devices thus constitute platforms for reconfigurable photonics, bringing new opportunities to realize dynamic on-chip networks and ultrafast optical shutters and modulators.

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OCIS Codes
(160.6840) Materials : Thermo-optical materials
(230.3120) Optical devices : Integrated optics devices
(230.4110) Optical devices : Modulators
(230.5750) Optical devices : Resonators
(130.4815) Integrated optics : Optical switching devices

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

Original Manuscript: March 19, 2013
Revised Manuscript: April 21, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: April 21, 2013
Published: April 25, 2013

Judson D. Ryckman, Kent A. Hallman, Robert E. Marvel, Richard F. Haglund, and Sharon M. Weiss, "Ultra-compact silicon photonic devices reconfigured by an optically induced semiconductor-to-metal transition," Opt. Express 21, 10753-10763 (2013)

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