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Nanophotonic silicon electro-optic switch
Author(s): Deepak V. Simili; Michael Cada
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Paper Abstract

The combination of silicon and nanotechnology offers the possibility to design ultrafast silicon electro-optic switches with speeds of the order of 100 GHz. The design procedure for an ultrafast silicon electro-optic switch with the addition of photonic crystals is presented. The material medium selected for propagation of the optical signal through the switch is silicon nanocrystals in silica. A patterned slot waveguide with one-dimensional photonic crystals is proposed as the preferred slow light waveguide to be used in the design of the electro-optic switch. The ultrafast quadratic electro-optic effect or Kerr effect is the physical effect utilized, and its analysis for slot waveguides is discussed. The optical structure analysis of the electro-optic switch using a ring resonator is presented and it is shown theoretically that the use of a slow light waveguide in the ring resonator can reduce the required externally applied electric field or the radius of the ring resonator.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 October 2013
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 8915, Photonics North 2013, 89151S (11 October 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2037810
Show Author Affiliations
Deepak V. Simili, Dalhousie Univ. (Canada)
Michael Cada, Dalhousie Univ. (Canada)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8915:
Photonics North 2013
Pavel Cheben; Jens Schmid; Caroline Boudoux; Lawrence R. Chen; André Delâge; Siegfried Janz; Raman Kashyap; David J. Lockwood; Hans-Peter Loock; Zetian Mi, Editor(s)

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