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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 shows that the strong thermo-optic effect of amorphous silicon combined with the possibility of realizing micrometric integrated structures, allow the realization of efficient waveguide devices capable of microsecond switching times. The switch, operating at the infrared 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: 19 November 2003
PDF: 2 pages
Proc. SPIE 4829, 19th Congress of the International Commission for Optics: Optics for the Quality of Life, (19 November 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.525501
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Luigi Sirleto, Istituto di Ricerca per l'Elettromagnetismo e i Co (Italy)
Mario Iodice, Istittuto per la Microelettronica e i Microsistemi (Italy)
Francesco G. Della Corte, Univ. degli Studi Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria (Italy)
Ivo Rendina, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (Italy)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4829:
19th Congress of the International Commission for Optics: Optics for the Quality of Life
Giancarlo C. Righini; Anna Consortini, Editor(s)

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