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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 37, Iss. 17 — Sep. 1, 2012
  • pp: 3534–3536

Highly tolerant tunable waveguide polarization rotator scheme

C. Alonso-Ramos, R. Halir, A. Ortega-Moñux, P. Cheben, L. Vivien, Í. Molina-Fernández, D. Marris-Morini, S. Janz, D.-X. Xu, and J. Schmid  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 37, Issue 17, pp. 3534-3536 (2012)

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Integrated polarization rotators are known to exhibit stringent fabrication tolerances, which severely handicap their practical application. Here we present a general polarization rotator scheme that enables both the compensation of fabrication errors and wavelength tunability. The scheme is described analytically, and a condition for perfect polarization conversion is established. Simulations of a silicon-on-insulator polarization rotator show polarization extinction ratios in excess of 40  dB even in the presence of large fabrication errors that in a conventional rotator configuration degrade the extinction ratio to below 5  dB. Additionally, wavelength tuning over ±30nm is shown.

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OCIS Codes
(130.3120) Integrated optics : Integrated optics devices
(230.7370) Optical devices : Waveguides
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

ToC Category:
Integrated Optics

Original Manuscript: June 15, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: July 12, 2012
Published: August 21, 2012

C. Alonso-Ramos, R. Halir, A. Ortega-Moñux, P. Cheben, L. Vivien, Í. Molina-Fernández, D. Marris-Morini, S. Janz, D.-X. Xu, and J. Schmid, "Highly tolerant tunable waveguide polarization rotator scheme," Opt. Lett. 37, 3534-3536 (2012)

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