A silicon-polymer hybrid modulator-design, simulation and proof of principle

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Author(s)

  • Roland Himmelhuber
  • Oscar D. Herrera
  • Ram Voorakaranam
  • Li Li
  • Adam M. Jones
  • Robert A. Norwood
  • Nasser Peyghambarian

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4067-4072
Journal / PublicationJournal of Lightwave Technology
Volume31
Issue number24
Online published6 Oct 2013
Publication statusPublished - 15 Dec 2013
Externally publishedYes

Abstract

Optimal dimensions are found for the silicon waveguide in an electro-optic (EO) polymer cladding-based silicon waveguide modulator. The confinement factor as well as the effective index of the mode are taken into account. The influence of the coplanar electrode spacing and electrode height on performance are examined and a figure of merit formula for choosing the optimal device geometry is shown. The design space for both 1550 nm and 1310 nm wavelengths is explored. With the optimal 275 nm waveguide width and 4 μm electrode spacing, a Vπ  of a few volts can be achieved even with moderate r33 EO polymers. Experimental results on a fabricated modulator are shown and compared with the predicted performance. 

Research Area(s)

  • Electro-optic modulators, optical polymers, optical waveguides, semiconductor waveguides, silicon devices

Citation Format(s)

A silicon-polymer hybrid modulator-design, simulation and proof of principle. / Himmelhuber, Roland; Herrera, Oscar D.; Voorakaranam, Ram; Li, Li; Jones, Adam M.; Norwood, Robert A.; Luo, Jingdong; Jen, Alex K.-Y.; Peyghambarian, Nasser.

In: Journal of Lightwave Technology, Vol. 31, No. 24, 15.12.2013, p. 4067-4072.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review