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EDWA: key enabler of optical integration on PLC
Author(s): Sergey Frolov; Tek-Ming Shen; Allan J. Bruce
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Paper Abstract

One of the trends that persist in the telecom industry in all market conditions is a continuous push towards lower cost and higher performance optical components. Unlike today’s networks, a more cost efficient network of tomorrow will contain many components utilizing Planar Lightwave Circuits (PLC) technology. PLC technology is a platform for optical integration that could dramatically lower cost-per-function in many optical networks. However, integration may result in degraded optical performance due to higher insertion losses as compared to “standard” fiber-based solutions. A solution to the loss problems is an optical amplifier that can be integrated on the same PLC platform and used to restore optical signals as needed. Inplane Photonics is developing Er-doped waveguide amplifier (EDWA) technology, which is fully compatible with a glass-on silicon PLC platform. We identify that an EDWA is a necessary building block to achieve the full potential of optical integration. In this paper we will present recent EDWA performance that approaches that of an EDFA. Furthermore, we will demonstrate several examples of practical integration between passive and active building blocks on a single PLC chip.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 June 2003
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4990, Rare-Earth-Doped Materials and Devices VII, (17 June 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.479392
Show Author Affiliations
Sergey Frolov, Inplane Photonics (United States)
Tek-Ming Shen, Inplane Photonics (United States)
Allan J. Bruce, Inplane Photonics (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4990:
Rare-Earth-Doped Materials and Devices VII
Shibin Jiang; Jacques Lucas, Editor(s)

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