A VLSI photonics platform for microwave photonic applications

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)32_Refereed conference paper (with ISBN/ISSN)peer-review

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Author(s)

  • B. Little
  • S. Chu
  • F. Johnson
  • V. Van
  • J. Hryniewicz

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIEEE International Topical Meeting on Microwave Photonics - Technical Digest, MWP
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes

Conference

Title2004 IEEE International Topical Meeting on Microwave Photonics - Technical Digest, MWP'04
PlaceUnited States
CityOgunquit, ME
Period4 - 6 October 2004

Abstract

A new low-loss high-index-contrast photonics platform has been developed for integrated optics and microwave photonics. The platform consists of a material system that has an index contrast that is adjustable from 0 to 25% and which is processed using conventional CMOS tools. The platform allows one to four orders of magnitude reduction in the size of optical components compared with conventional planar technologies. As an example, meter long path lengths occupy coils that are millimeters in diameter. Microwave photonic building blocks that are enabled include large bit count programmable delay lines for beam steering and shaping that fit in less than a square centimeter and which have delays controllable from 5 fsec to 10 nsec. Also enabled are arrays of high order tunable filters, a hundred micrometers in size, having linewidths ranging from tens of MHz to tens of GHz. These filters can be tuned over several hundred GHz, and when placed in Vernier architectures can be tuned across the C band (5 THz). An optical chip typically consists of dozens of optical elements. Each element is placed in its own micro-control loop that consists of a thin film heater for thermo-optic control and a ther-mistor for electronic feedback. The micro-control loops impart intelligence to the optical chip. ©2004 IEEE.

Citation Format(s)

A VLSI photonics platform for microwave photonic applications. / Little, B.; Chu, S.; Johnson, F.; Van, V.; Hryniewicz, J.

IEEE International Topical Meeting on Microwave Photonics - Technical Digest, MWP. 2004.

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)32_Refereed conference paper (with ISBN/ISSN)peer-review