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Optical information processing planes with silicon technology
Author(s): Hugo Thienpont; Werner Peiffer; Nancy Nieuborg; Irina P. Veretennicoff; H. Dupont; R. Fernandez; Yves T. Bertic; W. Ranson; C. De Tandt; Roger A. Vounckx; Alain Koster; Suzanne Laval
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Paper Abstract

In this paper we report on progress made in optical logic planes consisting of hybrid electrically assisted thermo-optic resonators fabricated with standard Silicon technology. As a starting point, the features and shortcomings of a first generation of these bistable elements, based on double-sided polished Silicon wafers, are reviewed. Consecutively we demonstrate, both with modeling and experimental results, that some of the shortcomings of the first generation can be remedied using a Silicon on Sapphire based device. Finally we propose a novel structure, based on Silicon Implanted Oxide substrates, that combines the advantages of the two pervious structures. We show via a heat transfer model that these devices can display bistability at multi-microwatt optical bias power and that, when adequately dimensioned, crosstalk can be avoided such that they can be packed into dense arrays. Both these characteristics and their stability, wavelength flexibility, hybrid mode of operation, and the potentialities for microsecond switching times, can turn these low-cost devices into work- horses for prototype digital optical parallel computing circuitry.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 January 1994
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 2051, International Conference on Optical Information Processing, (21 January 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.166018
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Hugo Thienpont, Vrije Univ. Brussel (Belgium)
Werner Peiffer, Vrije Univ. Brussel (Belgium)
Nancy Nieuborg, Vrije Univ. Brussel (Belgium)
Irina P. Veretennicoff, Vrije Univ. Brussel (Belgium)
H. Dupont, Vrije Univ. Brussel (Belgium)
R. Fernandez, Vrije Univ. Brussel (Belgium)
Yves T. Bertic, Vrije Univ. Brussel (Belgium)
W. Ranson, Vrije Univ. Brussel (Belgium)
C. De Tandt, Vrije Univ. Brussel (Belgium)
Roger A. Vounckx, Vrije Univ. Brussel (Belgium)
Alain Koster, Univ. Paris-Sud (France)
Suzanne Laval, Univ. Paris-Sud (France)


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International Conference on Optical Information Processing

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