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Optical Engineering

Digital optical switch based on amorphous silicon waveguide
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Paper Abstract

The performances of a digital optical switch, operating at the infrared communications wavelength of 1550 nm and based on the thermo-optic effect in amorphous silicon, are investigated for the first time. We prove that the strong thermo-optic effect of amorphous silicon, combined with the possibility of realizing micrometric integrated structures, allows the design of promising integrated switches. The device, designed for low-cost photonic applications, could be easily integrated in silicon optoelectronic circuits.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 December 2003
PDF: 2 pages
Opt. Eng. 42(12) doi: 10.1117/1.1625680
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 42, Issue 12
Show Author Affiliations
Luigi Sirleto, Istituto di Ricerca per l'Elettromagnetismo e i Co (Italy)
Mario Iodice, Istituto per la Microelettronica e Microsistemi (Italy)
Ivo Rendina, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (Italy)
Francesco Giuseppe Della Corte, Univ. degli Studi Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria (Italy)

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