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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 22, Iss. 9 — May. 5, 2014
  • pp: 11167–11174

Polarization rotator-splitters and controllers in a Si3N4-on-SOI integrated photonics platform

Wesley D. Sacher, Ying Huang, Liang Ding, Tymon Barwicz, Jared C. Mikkelsen, Benjamin J. F. Taylor, Guo-Qiang Lo, and Joyce K. S. Poon  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 22, Issue 9, pp. 11167-11174 (2014)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.22.011167


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Abstract

We demonstrate novel polarization management devices in a custom-designed silicon nitride (Si3N4) on silicon-on-insulator (SOI) integrated photonics platform. In the platform, Si3N4 waveguides are defined atop silicon waveguides. A broadband polarization rotator-splitter using a TM0-TE1 mode converter in a composite Si3N4-silicon waveguide is demonstrated. The polarization crosstalk, insertion loss, and polarization dependent loss are less than −19 dB, 1.5 dB, and 1.0 dB, respectively, over a bandwidth of 80 nm. A polarization controller composed of polarization rotator-splitters, multimode interference couplers, and thin film heaters is also demonstrated.

© 2014 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(130.3120) Integrated optics : Integrated optics devices
(230.5440) Optical devices : Polarization-selective devices

ToC Category:
Integrated Optics

History
Original Manuscript: March 5, 2014
Revised Manuscript: April 21, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: April 25, 2014
Published: May 1, 2014

Citation
Wesley D. Sacher, Ying Huang, Liang Ding, Tymon Barwicz, Jared C. Mikkelsen, Benjamin J. F. Taylor, Guo-Qiang Lo, and Joyce K. S. Poon, "Polarization rotator-splitters and controllers in a Si3N4-on-SOI integrated photonics platform," Opt. Express 22, 11167-11174 (2014)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-22-9-11167


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