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A silicon Mach Zehnder comb switch for low power operation in on-chip optical data communications
Author(s): L. Sánchez; A. Brimont; S. Lechago; A. Griol; P. Sanchis
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Paper Abstract

A novel method to significantly decrease power consumption in a silicon switch based on an asymmetric Mach-Zehnder interferometer (MZI) structure is proposed and experimentally demonstrated. A radical power consumption reduction up to 50% is achieved for switching digital data at bit rates from 10 to 30Gbps with respect to a conventional switch based on a symmetric MZI. Furthermore, the broadband performance of the proposed silicon MZI comb switch is also demonstrated by transmitting a 120 Gbps DWDM data stream.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 May 2014
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 9133, Silicon Photonics and Photonic Integrated Circuits IV, 91330P (1 May 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2052257
Show Author Affiliations
L. Sánchez, Univ. Politécnica de Valencia (Spain)
A. Brimont, Univ. Politécnica de Valencia (Spain)
S. Lechago, Univ. Politécnica de Valencia (Spain)
A. Griol, Univ. Politécnica de Valencia (Spain)
P. Sanchis, Univ. Politécnica de Valencia (Spain)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9133:
Silicon Photonics and Photonic Integrated Circuits IV
Laurent Vivien; Seppo Honkanen; Lorenzo Pavesi; Stefano Pelli; Jung Hun Shin, Editor(s)

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