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Digital optical switch based on amorphous silicon waveguide
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Paper Abstract

The performances of a digital optical switch, based on the thermo-optic effect in amorphous silicon, are investigated for the first time to our knowledge. Numerical simulations show that the strong thermo-optic effect of amorphous silicon, combiend with the possibiltiy of realizing micrometric integrated structures, allows the realization of efficient waveguide devices capable of microsecond switching times. The switch, operating at the IR communications wavelength of 1550 nm, can be easily integrated in silicon optoelectronic circuits and is thought for low-cost photonic applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 April 2003
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5117, VLSI Circuits and Systems, (21 April 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.498941
Show Author Affiliations
Luigi Sirleto, IMM-CNR (Italy)
Mario Iodice, IMM-CNR (Italy)
Francesco G. Della Corte, Univ. degli Studi Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria (Italy)
Ivo Rendina, IMM-CNR (Italy)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5117:
VLSI Circuits and Systems
Jose Fco. Lopez; Juan A. Montiel-Nelson; Dimitris Pavlidis, Editor(s)

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