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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 22, Iss. 8 — Apr. 21, 2014
  • pp: 9395–9403

Low-loss and low-crosstalk 8 × 8 silicon nanowire AWG routers fabricated with CMOS technology

Jing Wang, Zhen Sheng, Le Li, Albert Pang, Aimin Wu, Wei Li, Xi Wang, Shichang Zou, Minghao Qi, and Fuwan Gan  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 22, Issue 8, pp. 9395-9403 (2014)

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Low-loss and low-crosstalk 8 × 8 arrayed waveguide grating (AWG) routers based on silicon nanowire waveguides are reported. A comparative study of the measurement results of the 3.2 nm-channel-spacing AWGs with three different designs is performed to evaluate the effect of each optimal technique, showing that a comprehensive optimization technique is more effective to improve the device performance than a single optimization. Based on the comprehensive optimal design, we further design and experimentally demonstrate a new 8-channel 0.8 nm-channel-spacing silicon AWG router for dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) application with 130 nm CMOS technology. The AWG router with a channel spacing of 3.2 nm (resp. 0.8 nm) exhibits low insertion loss of 2.32 dB (resp. 2.92 dB) and low crosstalk of −20.5~-24.5 dB (resp. −16.9~-17.8 dB). In addition, sophisticated measurements are presented including all-input transmission testing and high-speed WDM system demonstrations for these routers. The functionality of the Si nanowire AWG as a router is characterized and a good cyclic rotation property is demonstrated. Moreover, we test the optical eye diagrams and bit-error-rates (BER) of the de-multiplexed signal when the multi-wavelength high-speed signals are launched into the AWG routers in a system experiment. Clear optical eye diagrams and low power penalty from the system point of view are achieved thanks to the low crosstalk of the AWG devices.

© 2014 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(130.3120) Integrated optics : Integrated optics devices
(130.7408) Integrated optics : Wavelength filtering devices

ToC Category:
Integrated Optics

Original Manuscript: February 25, 2014
Revised Manuscript: March 23, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: April 4, 2014
Published: April 10, 2014

Jing Wang, Zhen Sheng, Le Li, Albert Pang, Aimin Wu, Wei Li, Xi Wang, Shichang Zou, Minghao Qi, and Fuwan Gan, "Low-loss and low-crosstalk 8 × 8 silicon nanowire AWG routers fabricated with CMOS technology," Opt. Express 22, 9395-9403 (2014)

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