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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 37, Iss. 17 — Sep. 1, 2012
  • pp: 3504–3506

High-contrast 40Gb/s operation of a 500 μm long silicon carrier-depletion slow wave modulator

A. Brimont, D. J. Thomson, F. Y. Gardes, J. M. Fedeli, G. T. Reed, J. Martí, and P. Sanchis  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 37, Issue 17, pp. 3504-3506 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.37.003504


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Abstract

In this Letter, we demonstrate a highly efficient, compact, high-contrast and low-loss silicon slow wave modulator based on a traveling-wave Mach–Zehnder interferometer with two 500 μm long slow wave phase shifters. 40Gb/s operation with 6.6 dB extinction ratio at quadrature and with an on-chip insertion loss of only 6 dB is shown. These results confirm the benefits of slow light as a means to enhance the performance of silicon modulators based on the plasma dispersion effect.

© 2012 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(130.0130) Integrated optics : Integrated optics
(130.5296) Integrated optics : Photonic crystal waveguides
(130.4110) Integrated optics : Modulators

ToC Category:
Integrated Optics

History
Original Manuscript: May 23, 2012
Revised Manuscript: July 6, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: July 6, 2012
Published: August 17, 2012

Citation
A. Brimont, D. J. Thomson, F. Y. Gardes, J. M. Fedeli, G. T. Reed, J. Martí, and P. Sanchis, "High-contrast 40  Gb/s operation of a 500 μm long silicon carrier-depletion slow wave modulator," Opt. Lett. 37, 3504-3506 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-37-17-3504


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