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AOSC multichannel electronic variable optical attenuator
Author(s): Adrian P. Vonsovici; Ian E. Day; Andrew A. House; Mehdi Asghari
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Paper Abstract

Optical networks are becoming a reality as the physical layer of high-performance telecommunication networks. The deployment of wavelength-division multiplexing (WDM) technology allows the extended exploitation of installed fibers now facing an increasing traffic capacity demand. Performances of such systems can be degraded by wide variations of the optical channel power following propagation in the network. Therefore a tilt control of optical amplifiers in WDM networks and dynamic channel power regulation and equalisation in cross-connected nodes is necessary. An important tool for the system designer is the variable optical attenuator (VOA). We present the design and the realization of newly developed VOAs using the ASOC technology. This technology refers to the fabrication of integrated optics components in silicon-on-insulator (SOI) material. The device is based on the light absorption by the free-carriers that are injected in the core of a rib waveguide from a p-i-n diode. The devices incorporate horizontally and vertically tapered waveguides for minimum fiber coupling loss. The p-i-n diode for carrier injection into the active region of the rib waveguide was optimised in order to enhance the attenuation. One major advantage of the ASOC technology is the possibility of monolithic integration of many integrated optics devices on one chip. In the light of this the paper illustrates the result of characterisation of multichannel VOAs.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 May 2001
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 4293, Silicon-based and Hybrid Optoelectronics III, (18 May 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.426926
Show Author Affiliations
Adrian P. Vonsovici, Bookham Technology plc. (United Kingdom)
Ian E. Day, Bookham Technology plc. (United Kingdom)
Andrew A. House, Bookham Technology plc. (United Kingdom)
Mehdi Asghari, Bookham Technology plc. (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4293:
Silicon-based and Hybrid Optoelectronics III
David J. Robbins; John Alfred Trezza; Ghassan E. Jabbour, Editor(s)

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