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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 38, Iss. 22 — Nov. 15, 2013
  • pp: 4931–4934

Wide optical spectrum range, subvolt, compact modulator based on an electro-optic polymer refilled silicon slot photonic crystal waveguide

Xingyu Zhang, Amir Hosseini, Swapnajit Chakravarty, Jingdong Luo, Alex K.-Y. Jen, and Ray T. Chen  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 38, Issue 22, pp. 4931-4934 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.38.004931


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Abstract

We design and demonstrate a compact and low-power, band-engineered, electro-optic (EO) polymer refilled silicon slot photonic crystal waveguide (PCW) modulator. The EO polymer is engineered for large EO activity and near-infrared transparency. A PCW step coupler is used for optimum coupling to the slow-light mode of the band-engineered PCW. The half-wave switching voltage is measured to be Vπ=0.97±0.02V over an optical spectrum range of 8 nm, corresponding to the effective in-device r33 of 1190pm/V and Vπ×L=0.291±0.006V×mm in a push–pull configuration. Excluding the slow-light effect, we estimate that the EO polymer is poled with an efficiency of 89pm/V in the slot.

© 2013 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(230.4110) Optical devices : Modulators
(250.2080) Optoelectronics : Polymer active devices
(130.5296) Integrated optics : Photonic crystal waveguides

ToC Category:
Integrated Optics

History
Original Manuscript: July 17, 2013
Revised Manuscript: October 16, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: October 17, 2013
Published: November 15, 2013

Citation
Xingyu Zhang, Amir Hosseini, Swapnajit Chakravarty, Jingdong Luo, Alex K.-Y. Jen, and Ray T. Chen, "Wide optical spectrum range, subvolt, compact modulator based on an electro-optic polymer refilled silicon slot photonic crystal waveguide," Opt. Lett. 38, 4931-4934 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-38-22-4931


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