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Optical Engineering

Performance limitations of a Y-branch directional-coupler-based polymeric high-speed electro-optical modulator
Author(s): Qingjun Zhou; Jianyi Yang; Zhong Shi; Yongqiang Jiang; Brie Howley; Ray T. Chen
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Paper Abstract

To find the optimal driving voltage and bandwidth for electro-optic polymer-waveguide-based directional couplers, four electrode structures are investigated. They are the microstrip line (MSL), the asymmetric coplanar waveguide with ground (ACWG), the coplanar waveguide with ground (CPWG), and the edge-coupled microstrip line (CMSL). UV15:Polymethyl methacrylate/dispersed-red 1:UV11-3-based directional couplers are evaluated. The CPWG and the ACWG have almost the same driving voltages, which are about twice the driving voltage of the CMSL. The MSL has the largest driving voltage, which is 20 to 25% higher than the diving voltages of the CPWG and ACWG. Simulation results further conclude that the MSL has the largest bandwidth, and its bandwidth is about 1.6 times that of the bandwidth of the CMSL, which has the narrowest bandwidth. The bandwidths of the ACWG and CPWG are 1.4 and 1.2 times that of the CMSL, respectively. The driving voltages for the four different devices are experimentally confirmed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 April 2004
PDF: 6 pages
Opt. Eng. 43(4) doi: 10.1117/1.1666865
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 43, Issue 4
Show Author Affiliations
Qingjun Zhou, Univ. of Texas/Austin (United States)
Jianyi Yang, Radiant Photonics, Inc. (United States)
Zhong Shi, Univ. of Texas/Austin (United States)
Yongqiang Jiang, Univ. of Texas/Austin (United States)
Brie Howley, Univ. of Texas/Austin (United States)
Ray T. Chen, Univ. of Texas/Austin (United States)


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