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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 3 — Jan. 30, 2012
  • pp: 2507–2515
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25 Gbit/s silicon microring modulator based on misalignment-tolerant interleaved PN junctions

Xi Xiao, Hao Xu, Xianyao Li, Yingtao Hu, Kang Xiong, Zhiyong Li, Tao Chu, Yude Yu, and Jinzhong Yu  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 3, pp. 2507-2515 (2012)
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Abstract

A high-speed depletion-mode silicon-based microring modulator with interleaved PN junctions optimized for high modulation efficiency and large alignment tolerance is demonstrated. It is fabricated using standard 0.18 μm complementary metal–oxide–semiconductor processes and provides low VπLπs of 0.68 V·cm to 1.64 V·cm with a moderate doping concentration of 2 × 1017 cm−3. The measured modulation efficiency decreases by only 12.4% under ± 150 nm alignment errors. 25 Gbit/s non-return-zero modulation with a 4.5 dB extinction ratio is experimentally realized at a peak-to-peak driving voltage of 2 V, demonstrating the excellent performance of the novel doping profile.

© 2012 OSA

1. Introduction

Inspired by the excellent optical properties of the silicon-on-insulator (SOI) platform and the high quality fabrications provided by complementary metal–oxide–semiconductor (CMOS) technologies, silicon photonics has made significant progress in the past few years [1

1. R. A. Soref, “The Past, Present, and Future of Silicon Photonics,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 12(6), 1678–1687 (2006). [CrossRef]

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2. G. T. Reed, Silicon Photonics: The State of the Art (Wiley, 2008).

]. Large-scale monolithic optoelectronic integration on silicon wafers has been widely recognized as an essential step for the realization of on-chip optical interconnects which is expected to enable low-power and high performance computing systems [3

3. D. A. B. Miller, “Optical interconnects to silicon,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 6(6), 1312–1317 (2000). [CrossRef]

6

6. S. Assefa, W. M. Green, A. Rylyakov, C. Schow, F. Horst, and Y. Vlasov, “CMOS Integrated Nanophotonics: Enabling Technology for Exascale Computing Systems,” in Optical Fiber Communication Conference, OSA Technical Digest (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2011), paper OMM6.

]. Terabit-per-second on- and off-chip optical communication require compact silicon-based modulators with high modulation speed and low power consumption to transfer high-speed electrical signals into optical intensity signals [7

7. D. A. B. Miller, “Device Requirements for Optical Interconnects to Silicon Chips,” Proc. IEEE 97(7), 1166–1185 (2009). [CrossRef]

9

9. D. Van Thourhout, T. Spuesens, S. K. Selvaraja, L. Liu, G. Roelkens, R. Kumar, G. Morthier, P. Rojo-Romeo, F. Mandorlo, P. Regreny, O. Raz, C. Kopp, and L. Grenouillet, “Nanophotonic devices for optical interconnect,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 16(5), 1363–1375 (2010). [CrossRef]

]. Among the various kinds of silicon-based modulators, the microring modulator based on carrier depletion in reverse PN junction is considered as a promising candidate for on-chip application silicon photonics which is recently demonstrated with > 10 Gbit/s modulation speed [10

10. Q. Xu, S. Manipatruni, B. Schmidt, J. Shakya, and M. Lipson, “12.5 Gbit/s carrier-injection-based silicon micro-ring silicon modulators,” Opt. Express 15(2), 430–436 (2007). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

13

13. P. Dong, S. Liao, H. Liang, W. Qian, X. Wang, R. Shafiiha, D. Feng, G. Li, X. Zheng, A. V. Krishnamoorthy, and M. Asghari, “High-speed and compact silicon modulator based on a racetrack resonator with a 1 V drive voltage,” Opt. Lett. 35(19), 3246–3248 (2010). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

], micron-size footprint [14

14. Q. Xu, B. Schmidt, S. Pradhan, and M. Lipson, “Micrometre-scale silicon electro-optic modulator,” Nature 435(7040), 325–327 (2005). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

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16. W. A. Zortman, M. R. Watts, D. C. Trotter, R. W. Young, and A. L. Lentine, “Low-Power High-Speed Silicon Microdisk Modulators,” in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, OSA Technical Digest (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2010), paper CThJ4.

], wavelength tuning capacity [17

17. P. Dong, R. Shafiiha, S. Liao, H. Liang, N.-N. Feng, D. Feng, G. Li, X. Zheng, A. V. Krishnamoorthy, and M. Asghari, “Wavelength-tunable silicon microring modulator,” Opt. Express 18(11), 10941–10946 (2010). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

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18. G. Li, X. Zheng, J. Yao, H. Thacker, I. Shubin, Y. Luo, K. Raj, J. E. Cunningham, and A. V. Krishnamoorthy, “25Gb/s 1V-driving CMOS ring modulator with integrated thermal tuning,” Opt. Express 19(21), 20435–20443 (2011). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

], and femtojoule-per-bit-scale power consumption [19

19. P. Dong, S. Liao, D. Feng, H. Liang, D. Zheng, R. Shafiiha, C.-C. Kung, W. Qian, G. Li, X. Zheng, A. V. Krishnamoorthy, and M. Asghari, “Low Vpp, ultralow-energy, compact, high-speed silicon electro-optic modulator,” Opt. Express 17(25), 22484–22490 (2009). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

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20. W. A. Zortman, A. L. Lentine, D. C. Trotter, and M. R. Watts, “Low-voltage differentially-signaled modulators,” Opt. Express 19(27), 26017–26026 (2011). [CrossRef]

].

However, a tradeoff between modulation speed and extinction ratio exists because of the speed limitation induced by the large optical lifetime of the high quality factor (Q factor) microring resonators. Low Q factor microrings can be employed to produce a high modulation bandwidth [20

20. W. A. Zortman, A. L. Lentine, D. C. Trotter, and M. R. Watts, “Low-voltage differentially-signaled modulators,” Opt. Express 19(27), 26017–26026 (2011). [CrossRef]

]. However, without special designs on the junction doping profiles, the modulation efficiency of the traditional vertical or horizontal PN junction cannot produce sufficient resonance shifts and hence result in small extinction ratios [20

20. W. A. Zortman, A. L. Lentine, D. C. Trotter, and M. R. Watts, “Low-voltage differentially-signaled modulators,” Opt. Express 19(27), 26017–26026 (2011). [CrossRef]

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21. A. Liu, L. Liao, D. Rubin, H. Nguyen, B. Ciftcioglu, Y. Chetrit, N. Izhaky, and M. Paniccia, “High-speed optical modulation based on carrier depletion in a silicon waveguide,” Opt. Express 15(2), 660–668 (2007). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

]. Therefore, the key solution to break the speed-extinction limitation of the microring modulator is to increase the electro-optical (EO) efficiency of the reverse PN junctions, that is, to reduce the voltage-length product VπLπ. On the other hand, the high requirement on the accurate overlay of doping masks is another drawback of typical depletion-mode modulators because the EO efficiency directly depends on the location of the PN junction within the waveguide [22

22. D. J. Thomson, F. Y. Gardes, G. T. Reed, F. Milesi, and J.-M. Fedeli, “High speed silicon optical modulator with self aligned fabrication process,” Opt. Express 18(18), 19064–19069 (2010). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

]. The poor overlap of the submicron waveguide mode and the ~100 nm space charge region results in a rather weak effective index change if the PN junction is not precisely aligned [23

23. F. Y. Gardes, A. Brimont, P. Sanchis, G. Rasigade, D. Marris-Morini, L. O’Faolain, F. Dong, J. M. Fedeli, P. Dumon, L. Vivien, T. F. Krauss, G. T. Reed, and J. Martí, “High-speed modulation of a compact silicon ring resonator based on a reverse-biased pn diode,” Opt. Express 17(24), 21986–21991 (2009). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

]. So during the fabrications of depletion-mode modulators, expensive 0.13 μm CMOS processes are normally used to ensure small junction alignment errors and hence realize desirable performance [24

24. B. Analui, D. Guckenberger, D. Kucharski, and A. Narasimha, “A fully integrated 20-Gb/s optoelectronic transceiver implemented in a standard 0.13-μm CMOS SOI technology,” IEEE J. Solid-state Circuits 41, 2945–2955 (2006). [CrossRef]

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25. X. Zheng, J. Lexau, Y. Luo, H. Thacker, T. Pinguet, A. Mekis, G. Li, J. Shi, P. Amberg, N. Pinckney, K. Raj, R. Ho, J. E. Cunningham, and A. V. Krishnamoorthy, “Ultra-low-energy all-CMOS modulator integrated with driver,” Opt. Express 18(3), 3059–3070 (2010). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

]. Recently, a kind of self-aligned doping process has been developed to solve the junction alignment problem and demonstrated the modulations up to 40 Gbit/s [26

26. F. Y. Gardes, D. J. Thomson, N. G. Emerson, and G. T. Reed, “40 Gb/s silicon photonics modulator for TE and TM polarisations,” Opt. Express 19(12), 11804–11814 (2011). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

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27. D. J. Thomson, F. Y. Gardes, Y. Hu, G. Mashanovich, M. Fournier, P. Grosse, J.-M. Fedeli, and G. T. Reed, “High contrast 40Gbit/s optical modulation in silicon,” Opt. Express 19(12), 11507–11516 (2011). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

]. But it more or less put on the requirement on the implantation equipments when embedding PN junctions to the microrings without fixed waveguide sidewall rotation. In order to realize high speed microring modulators in a standard CMOS foundry with minimal cost, we need to explore a kind of PN junction providing both low VπLπ and large tolerance to the junction misalignment.

2. Device description and fabrications

In order to achieve high modulation efficiency, the overlap of the ~100 nm wide free charge region and the submicron optical mode should be improved. We designed the interleaved PN junctions with which interface vertical to the optical propagation direction, as shown in Fig. 1
Fig. 1 (a) Schematic layout of microring modulator embedded with periodic interleaved PN junctions. The gray regions indicate silicon waveguides. The light blue and yellow regions in the waveguide represent P- and N-doped silicons, respectively. (b) Schematic 3-D view and dimensions of the waveguide with the interleaved PN junctions. The doping period is 600 nm with a P and N duty cycle of 1:1. The waveguide is 500 nm wide and has an 80-nm-thick slab for electrical contact. The interleaved region is 200 nm wider than the waveguide, ensuring large misalignment tolerance.
. When the modulator is reversely biased, the light propagating inside the waveguide would vertically pass through each junction interface, leading to a thorough interaction with carriers. Based on the former simulations, a doping density of 1 × 1018 cm−3 brings to a rather high efficiency with a theoretical VπLπ of only 0.24 V·cm. However, in current work, a lower doping level of 2 × 1017 cm−3 was chosen for an acceptable doping-induced absorption loss. The lengths of the P and N regions are optimized as both 300 nm, indicating a 600 nm long doping period. The interleaved width of the cascade PN junctions is carefully designed to be 700 nm to ensure both low capacitance and large misalignment tolerance. The proposed doping profile is predicted to have a 35 GHz bandwidth and ~9 dB/cm doping loss.

The 30 μm-radii microring modulator embedded with the optimized interleaved PN junctions was fabricated using a commercial 0.18 μm CMOS process from the Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC) in China [31

31. H. Xu, Z. Li, Y. Zhu, Y. Li, Y. Yu, and J. Yu, “Silicon optical modulator with integrated grating couplers based on 0.18-μm complementary metal oxide semiconductor technology,” Opt. Eng. 50(4), 044001 (2011). [CrossRef]

]. We firstly defined and etched the waveguides on the SOI wafer from SOITEC with a 340-nm-thick top silicon layer and a 2-μm-thick buried oxide layer. All waveguide and doping dimensions are designed to be over 180 nm for the CMOS compatibility. The 500 nm wide microring waveguide is single coupled to a straight waveguide, see Fig. 2(a)
Fig. 2 (a) SEM image showing the coupling region of the microring and bus waveguides. (b) Optical microscope view of fabricated 30 μm radius microring modulator with aluminum ground–signal–ground pads.
. The fiber-to-waveguide coupling is implemented by grating couplers. The slab thickness was optimized to 80 nm for a tradeoff between the diode resistance and optical confinement. Then, the interleaved PN junctions were realized using deep-UV lithography and boron and phosphorus implantations. The waveguide was firstly P-type doped to a background concentration of 2 × 1017 cm−3 by multiple implantation processes to approach to a uniform doping distribution. The multi-step N-type implantations were followed with a higher density of 4 × 1017 cm−3 to form the abrupt PN junctions. Highly doped P + and N + regions were both defined 500 nm away from each side wall of the ring waveguide, respectively, followed by 10 second rapid thermal anneal at 1000°C. Finally, aluminum was deposited, patterned, and etched down to form the ground–signal–ground electrodes. The optical microscope view of the fabricated device is shown in Fig. 2(b).

3. Results and discussions

3.1 DC performance

The transmission spectra of the microring were obtained when the biased voltages vary from forward 0.5 V to reverse 5 V, see Fig. 3(a)
Fig. 3 DC performance of the reverse-biased ring modulator. (a) Transmission spectra of the ring resonator at −5 V to 0.5 V bias voltages. (b) VπLπ with different bias voltages calculated from the measured resonance shifts. The maximal VπLπ of 1.64 V·cm was obtained at a −5 V bias voltage. However, the effective VπLπ for a driving voltage below −2 V is 1.24 V·cm.
. Considering that the depletion region width of a PN junction is proportional to the square root of the applied voltage, the changes in the depletion region width are more efficient when the applied voltage gets close to the built-in voltage of the PN junction. Hence, a smaller bias voltage was observed to result in a higher resonance shift efficiency, which is approximately 40 pm/V at 0 V bias and decreases to 17 pm/V at −5 V bias. The VπLπ of the microring modulator can be calculated by the following:
VπLπ=VFSR×πRΔλ
(1)
where V is the applied voltage, FSR is 3.2 nm, indicating the wavelength difference between two adjacent resonances, R is the radius of the microring, and Δλ is the resonance wavelength shift. Figure 2(b) shows the VπLπ ranging from 0.68 V·cm to 1.64 V·cm as a function of the applied voltages. Based on the measured spectral curves, a driving voltage of 0 V to −2 V is enough to drive the modulator, which enables a 20 dB excess in DC extinction ratio. Therefore, the effective VπLπ can be calculated as 1.24 V·cm when this driving voltage is used.

We analyzed the doping induced optical loss by curve fitting the resonances of the microring modulator and a passive microring, respectively, as shown in Fig. 4
Fig. 4 Spectral responses of the non-biased microring modulator (red) and a passive microring resonator (blue) with identical waveguide dimensions as the ring modulator, respectively. The discrete dots represent the measured results, while the solid lines show the fitted resonances.
. Compared with the traditional cut-back method or Fabry-Pérot method, this method is independent to the fiber-to-waveguide coupling or cleaved waveguide facets and hence induces less experimental error [32

32. S. Xiao, M. H. Khan, H. Shen, and M. Qi, “Compact silicon microring resonators with ultra-low propagation loss in the C band,” Opt. Express 15(22), 14467–14475 (2007). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

]. The passive microring with the same waveguide dimensions as the microring modulator was fabricated together with the modulator. In order to obtain accurate loss abstraction, the ring-waveguide coupling strength of the passive ring was weakened for over 10 dB resonant extinction. For the passive waveguide without doping, the intrinsic Q factor is calculated as 1.31 × 105 which shows a 4.1 dB/cm waveguide loss. While for the active ring waveguide after doping and activation, the intrinsic Q factor decrease to 2.94 × 104 corresponding to a total optical loss of 16.7 dB/cm. Therefore, a 12.6 dB/cm doping induced loss can be calculated, which is smaller than the loss of the modulators with comparable VπLπ values [33

33. N.-N. Feng, S. Liao, D. Feng, P. Dong, D. Zheng, H. Liang, R. Shafiiha, G. Li, J. E. Cunningham, A. V. Krishnamoorthy, and M. Asghari, “High speed carrier-depletion modulators with 1.4V-cm VπL integrated on 0.25μm silicon-on-insulator waveguides,” Opt. Express 18(8), 7994–7999 (2010). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

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34. M. R. Watts, W. A. Zortman, D. C. Trotter, R. W. Young, and A. L. Lentine, “Low-voltage, compact, depletion-mode, silicon Mach Zehnder modulator,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 16(1), 159–164 (2010). [CrossRef]

]. Compared with the reported devices at the similar doping level [35

35. A. Liu, L. Liao, Y. Chetrit, J. Basak, H. Nguyen, D. Rubin, and M. Paniccia, “Wavelength Division Multiplexing Based Photonic Integrated Circuits on Silicon-on-Insulator Platform,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 16(1), 23–32 (2010). [CrossRef]

], this modulator provides much higher modulation efficiency and lower absorption loss. These results indicate that the same volume of carriers contribute to a larger refractive index change due to the enhanced carrier-light overlap by using the interleaved cascade junctions. As the theoretical predicted doping loss is 9 dB/cm, we attribute the additional loss to the diffusion of N-type region during anneal and the fabrication imperfections.

To demonstrate the large misalignment tolerance of the device, we compared the effective index change against the horizontal alignment error of the interleaved and normal vertical PN junctions. The measured results under an applied voltage of −5 V are presented in Fig. 5
Fig. 5 Measured effective index change against junction alignment error of interleaved (blue) and vertical (red) PN junctions under −5 V bias, respectively.
. For the vertical PN junction, the maximum effective index change significantly depends on the position of the PN junction in the waveguide. The modulation efficiency decreases by 65.5% when the junction is dislocated for ± 150 nm. However, under the same misalignment and applied voltage, the maximum index change of the interleaved PN junction is 2.2 × 10−4 and has only 12.4% degradation which shows an over fivefold improvement on the misalignment tolerance. In particular, the efficiency is almost independent with an alignment error of less than 60 nm, making the proposed novel PN junction fully compatible with standard 0.18 μm CMOS fabrications.

3.2 Dynamic performance

The modulator’s frequency response can be characterized by measuring its S11 parameter [36

36. G. Li, X. Zheng, J. Lexau, Y. Luo, H. Thacker, P. Dong, S. Liao, D. Feng, M. Asghari, J. Yao, J. Shi, P. Amberg, N. Pinckney, K. Raj, R. Ho, J. E. Cunningham, and A. V. Krishnamoorthy, “Ultralow-power, high-performance Si photonic transmitter,” in Optical Fiber Communication Conference (OFC 2010) (2010), paper OMI2.

]. The S11 magnitude and phase response was measured from DC to 25 GHz by a signal integrity network analyzer (SPARQ, Lecroy). Figure 6(b)
Fig. 6 (a) Equivalent circuit model and fitting data for the S11 parameter measurement at zero bias. (b) Measured S11 magnitude (black) and phase (red) responses with corresponding fitting curves simulated from the equivalent circuit model.
shows the measured S11 data and curve fitting results from the equivalent circuit model shown in Fig. 6(a). Cp represents the capacitance between the electrodes through the top dielectrics and the air, and Cj and Cox are the capacitances in the reverse-biased diode junction and through the buried oxide layer, respectively. Rs and Rsi are the diode series resistance and the resistance of the substrate silicon layer, respectively. Using the extracted parameter presented in Fig. 6(a), the junction capacitance is calculated to be 0.34 fF/μm which benefits from the low doping concentration.

The electrical bandwidth of the device under test (DUT) was calculated when it was loaded with a 50 Ω source. Assume that Vg is the sinusoidal output voltage and Zg and Z0 are the source resistance and the characteristic impedance of the cables and probe, respectively, which both equal to 50 Ω in the current paper. ΓL is the load reflection coefficient between the probe and DUT. Therefore, the magnitude of the voltage across the reverse-biased PN junction Vj can be given by
|Vj(ω)|=|Vg2(1+ΓL)1/(jωCj)1/(jωCj)+Rs|
(2)
where
ΓL=ZDUTZ0ZDUT+Z0
(3)
and

ZDUT=1jωcp(1jωcj+RS)(1jωcox+RSi).
(4)

During the small-signal test, the resonance wavelength shift increases almost linearly to the applied voltage. Therefore, the output optical power is approximately proportional to Vj, and the electrical bandwidth corresponds to the −3 dB roll-off frequency of the Vj magnitude response, which was obtained as 41 GHz from Eq. (2).

However, for a resonator-based modulator, the modulation bandwidth is also limited by the optical cavity lifetime. The Q factor of our microring is 1.45 × 104 at −1 V reverse bias, indicating an optical bandwidth of 13.6 GHz. The small-signal EO response of the modulator was measured within the frequency range of 200 MHz to 20 GHz, and a bias voltage of −1 V and the wavelength at half maximum of the resonance were chosen. The optical signal output from the microring was amplified, filtered, and converted to an electrical signal using a 50 GHz photodetector. As shown in Fig. 7
Fig. 7 Measured (black) and simulated (red) EO responses of the modulator. The EO response was measured in the frequency range of 0.2 GHz to 20 GHz with a −5 dBm small-signal drive and −1 V DC bias. The measured EO bandwidth is represented by black curve with −3 dB bandwidth of 11.8 GHz. The red curve denotes the simulated response at ~12 GHz, which agrees well with the measurements.
, the −3 dB bandwidth (f-3dB) of the proposed modulator is 11.8 GHz. The EO response was simulated by combining both the impacts of the optical lifetime and the intrinsic electrical bandwidth. The theoretical bandwidth of 12 GHz agrees well with the measurement. The 10%-to-90% rise time could therefore be predicted as 0.35/f-3dB ≈30 ps [37

37. H. Yu, W. Bogaerts, and A. De Keersgieter, “Optimization of ion implantation condition for depletion-type silicon optical modulators,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 46(12), 1763–1768 (2010). [CrossRef]

], which can theoretically support a modulation bit rate up to 25 Gb/s.

Optical eye diagrams were measured at high bit rates to demonstrate the high-speed performance of the device. A continuous-wave light was modulated by applying non-return-zero pseudorandom binary sequence (PRBS) 215–1 signals with a Vpp of 2 V and DC bias of −1 V. The device insertion loss is around 10 dB including 5.4 dB coupling loss for two grating couplers and ~4 dB modulation penalty. The output light from the modulator was amplified using an Erbium-doped fiber amplifier and transmitted through a band-pass filter. Finally, the optical signal was measured by a 65 GHz optical head of a Tektronix digital scope DSA8200, see Fig. 8
Fig. 8 Measured eye diagrams under bit rates of (a) 14, (b) 20, and (c) 25 Gbit/s, respectively, with driving voltage amplitude of 2 V.
. The eye diagram at 14 Gbit/s obtained with ~6 dB extinction ratio is shown in Fig. 8(a). For the 20 Gbit/s eye diagram in Fig. 8(b), the difference in the modulation extinction is negligible, indicating the capability of a higher modulation speed. Finally, an eye diagram with 25 Gbit/s modulation speed was achieved under the same driving condition, as shown in Fig. 8(c). The extinction ratio decreased to 4.5 dB because of the optical-lifetime-induced bandwidth limitation.

4. Conclusions

We demonstrate a high speed silicon microring modulator based on the interleaved PN junctions providing both high modulation efficiency and large tolerance to the misalignment. The doping profile and optical structure were specially designed to be compatible with the standard 0.18 μm CMOS process. The fabricated device has a large tolerance with ± 150 nm junction alignment errors and shows only 12.4% degradation on the modulation efficiency. Due to the enhanced carrier-light overlap induced by the cascade interleaved PN junctions, an effective VπLπ of 1.24 V·cm and a doping-induced loss of 12.6 dB/cm were both achieved with a light doping concentration of 2 × 1017 cm−3. The −3 dB cutoff bandwidth was measured as 11.8 GHz which agrees well with the simulations. Finally, when driven using PRBS data with a Vpp of 2 V, 20 and 25 Gbit/s, high-speed modulations with the extinction ratio of 6.2 and 4.5 dB were achieved, respectively. High speed modulation in excess of 40 Gbit/s can be expected by employing the interleaved PN junction in a Mach–Zehnder or cascade ring modulator.

Acknowledgments

The authors thank SMIC, Shanghai, for the fabrication support and process optimization of the current Si photonics research, and Tektronix, Inc. in China for the help during measurement. The present work was supported by the National Basic Research Program of China (Grant No. 2011CB301701), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 60877036), and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 61107048).

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P. Dong, R. Shafiiha, S. Liao, H. Liang, N.-N. Feng, D. Feng, G. Li, X. Zheng, A. V. Krishnamoorthy, and M. Asghari, “Wavelength-tunable silicon microring modulator,” Opt. Express 18(11), 10941–10946 (2010). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

18.

G. Li, X. Zheng, J. Yao, H. Thacker, I. Shubin, Y. Luo, K. Raj, J. E. Cunningham, and A. V. Krishnamoorthy, “25Gb/s 1V-driving CMOS ring modulator with integrated thermal tuning,” Opt. Express 19(21), 20435–20443 (2011). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

19.

P. Dong, S. Liao, D. Feng, H. Liang, D. Zheng, R. Shafiiha, C.-C. Kung, W. Qian, G. Li, X. Zheng, A. V. Krishnamoorthy, and M. Asghari, “Low Vpp, ultralow-energy, compact, high-speed silicon electro-optic modulator,” Opt. Express 17(25), 22484–22490 (2009). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

20.

W. A. Zortman, A. L. Lentine, D. C. Trotter, and M. R. Watts, “Low-voltage differentially-signaled modulators,” Opt. Express 19(27), 26017–26026 (2011). [CrossRef]

21.

A. Liu, L. Liao, D. Rubin, H. Nguyen, B. Ciftcioglu, Y. Chetrit, N. Izhaky, and M. Paniccia, “High-speed optical modulation based on carrier depletion in a silicon waveguide,” Opt. Express 15(2), 660–668 (2007). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

22.

D. J. Thomson, F. Y. Gardes, G. T. Reed, F. Milesi, and J.-M. Fedeli, “High speed silicon optical modulator with self aligned fabrication process,” Opt. Express 18(18), 19064–19069 (2010). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

23.

F. Y. Gardes, A. Brimont, P. Sanchis, G. Rasigade, D. Marris-Morini, L. O’Faolain, F. Dong, J. M. Fedeli, P. Dumon, L. Vivien, T. F. Krauss, G. T. Reed, and J. Martí, “High-speed modulation of a compact silicon ring resonator based on a reverse-biased pn diode,” Opt. Express 17(24), 21986–21991 (2009). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

24.

B. Analui, D. Guckenberger, D. Kucharski, and A. Narasimha, “A fully integrated 20-Gb/s optoelectronic transceiver implemented in a standard 0.13-μm CMOS SOI technology,” IEEE J. Solid-state Circuits 41, 2945–2955 (2006). [CrossRef]

25.

X. Zheng, J. Lexau, Y. Luo, H. Thacker, T. Pinguet, A. Mekis, G. Li, J. Shi, P. Amberg, N. Pinckney, K. Raj, R. Ho, J. E. Cunningham, and A. V. Krishnamoorthy, “Ultra-low-energy all-CMOS modulator integrated with driver,” Opt. Express 18(3), 3059–3070 (2010). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

26.

F. Y. Gardes, D. J. Thomson, N. G. Emerson, and G. T. Reed, “40 Gb/s silicon photonics modulator for TE and TM polarisations,” Opt. Express 19(12), 11804–11814 (2011). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

27.

D. J. Thomson, F. Y. Gardes, Y. Hu, G. Mashanovich, M. Fournier, P. Grosse, J.-M. Fedeli, and G. T. Reed, “High contrast 40Gbit/s optical modulation in silicon,” Opt. Express 19(12), 11507–11516 (2011). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

28.

Z.-Y. Li, D.-X. Xu, W. R. McKinnon, S. Janz, J. H. Schmid, P. Cheben, and J.-Z. Yu, “Silicon waveguide modulator based on carrier depletion in periodically interleaved PN junctions,” Opt. Express 17(18), 15947–15958 (2009). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

29.

M. Ziebell, D. Marris-Morini, G. Rasigade, P. Crozat, J.-M. Fédéli, P. Grosse, E. Cassan, and L. Vivien, “Ten Gbit/s ring resonator silicon modulator based on interdigitated PN junctions,” Opt. Express 19(15), 14690–14695 (2011). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

30.

X. Xiao, Z. Li, Y. Hu, Y. Yu, and J. Yu, “Misalignment-tolerant high-speed silicon microring modulator with interleaved p-n junctions,” in Proceedings of 8th IEEE International Conference on Group IV Photonics (GFP 2011), pp. 359–361.

31.

H. Xu, Z. Li, Y. Zhu, Y. Li, Y. Yu, and J. Yu, “Silicon optical modulator with integrated grating couplers based on 0.18-μm complementary metal oxide semiconductor technology,” Opt. Eng. 50(4), 044001 (2011). [CrossRef]

32.

S. Xiao, M. H. Khan, H. Shen, and M. Qi, “Compact silicon microring resonators with ultra-low propagation loss in the C band,” Opt. Express 15(22), 14467–14475 (2007). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

33.

N.-N. Feng, S. Liao, D. Feng, P. Dong, D. Zheng, H. Liang, R. Shafiiha, G. Li, J. E. Cunningham, A. V. Krishnamoorthy, and M. Asghari, “High speed carrier-depletion modulators with 1.4V-cm VπL integrated on 0.25μm silicon-on-insulator waveguides,” Opt. Express 18(8), 7994–7999 (2010). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

34.

M. R. Watts, W. A. Zortman, D. C. Trotter, R. W. Young, and A. L. Lentine, “Low-voltage, compact, depletion-mode, silicon Mach Zehnder modulator,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 16(1), 159–164 (2010). [CrossRef]

35.

A. Liu, L. Liao, Y. Chetrit, J. Basak, H. Nguyen, D. Rubin, and M. Paniccia, “Wavelength Division Multiplexing Based Photonic Integrated Circuits on Silicon-on-Insulator Platform,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 16(1), 23–32 (2010). [CrossRef]

36.

G. Li, X. Zheng, J. Lexau, Y. Luo, H. Thacker, P. Dong, S. Liao, D. Feng, M. Asghari, J. Yao, J. Shi, P. Amberg, N. Pinckney, K. Raj, R. Ho, J. E. Cunningham, and A. V. Krishnamoorthy, “Ultralow-power, high-performance Si photonic transmitter,” in Optical Fiber Communication Conference (OFC 2010) (2010), paper OMI2.

37.

H. Yu, W. Bogaerts, and A. De Keersgieter, “Optimization of ion implantation condition for depletion-type silicon optical modulators,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 46(12), 1763–1768 (2010). [CrossRef]

OCIS Codes
(130.0130) Integrated optics : Integrated optics
(130.0250) Integrated optics : Optoelectronics
(130.4110) Integrated optics : Modulators

ToC Category:
Integrated Optics

History
Original Manuscript: November 22, 2011
Revised Manuscript: January 5, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: January 5, 2012
Published: January 19, 2012

Citation
Xi Xiao, Hao Xu, Xianyao Li, Yingtao Hu, Kang Xiong, Zhiyong Li, Tao Chu, Yude Yu, and Jinzhong Yu, "25 Gbit/s silicon microring modulator based on misalignment-tolerant interleaved PN junctions," Opt. Express 20, 2507-2515 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-20-3-2507


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