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Design and fabrication of optical microcavities using III-V semiconductor-based MOEMS
Author(s): Pierre Viktorovitch; Jean Louis Leclercq; Eric Goutain; D. Rondi
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Paper Abstract

The state of the art of III-V semiconductor based MOEMS is presented with a special emphasis on InP and related materials. It is shown that the MOEMS technology can enhance considerably the capabilities of optical micro-cavities, which are considered as a major component for optical signal processing and light generation. Illustrations of the potential of III-V MOEMS are given in the fields of optical telecommunications. Design and fabrication of highly selective and widely tunable optical filters for wavelength division multiplexing systems are presented. These devices are monolithic and are based on surface micro-machining technology. They combine a variety of very attractive properties such as low control power, low insertion loss, tunability, small bandwidth no polarization dependence, simple fiber coupling, no memory effects and reasonable tuning speed. Fiber to fiber transmission characterizations of packaged filters are presented, including bit error rate measurements. Future prospects implying the use of multi-air-gap MOEMS structures as a basic building-block for a wide variety of routing photonic devices are proposed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 August 2000
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4178, MOEMS and Miniaturized Systems, (22 August 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.396501
Show Author Affiliations
Pierre Viktorovitch, Ecole Centrale de Lyon (France)
Jean Louis Leclercq, Ecole Centrale de Lyon (France)
Eric Goutain, Thomson-CSF (France)
D. Rondi, Thomson-CSF (France)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4178:
MOEMS and Miniaturized Systems
M. Edward Motamedi; Rolf Goering, Editor(s)

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