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Inplane's technology platform for subsystems on a chip
Author(s): Sergey V. Frolov; Alex Paunescu; Yiu Huen Wong; Gary Weber; Yoram De Hazan; Debbie Fleming; Amir Hanjani; Joseph Shmulovich; Allan J. Bruce
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Paper Abstract

Planar waveguide technology has long been touted as the major platform for optical integration, which could dramatically lower component/module size and cost in optical networks. This technology has finally come to maturity with such waveguide-based optical products as wavelength multiplexers, switches, splitters and couplers, which are common nowadays. However, its potential as a complete solution for integration of a subsystem on a chip has so far been limited by the lack of integrated active elements providing gain to deteriorating optical signals. As the signal propagates through the fiber-optic network, it dissipates its energy and requires amplification in the network subsystems to maintain a required signal to noise ratio. Discrete fiber amplifiers are designed into systems and maintain required signal levels. However, if new components are introduced or the current ones are changed, current amplifiers have a limited ability to compensate for changes. Inplane's solution to the signal degradation problem is an optical amplifier that can be integrated onto the same planar waveguide platform as the other passive elements of the subsystem. Subsystems on such a platform will be able to automatically and internally adjust signal optical power, and enable simple interfacing between optical modules, module replacement and upgrades in the network. Inplane Photonics has developed Er-doped waveguide amplifier (EDWA) technology, which is fully compatible with the glass-on-silicon waveguide platform. In this paper we will present recent EDWA performance that approaches that of a fiber amplifier. Furthermore, we will demonstrate several examples of practical integration between passive and active building blocks on a single optical chip.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 August 2004
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 5435, Enabling Photonic Technologies for Aerospace Applications VI, (3 August 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.543535
Show Author Affiliations
Sergey V. Frolov, Inplane Photonics, Inc. (United States)
Alex Paunescu, Inplane Photonics, Inc. (United States)
Yiu Huen Wong, Inplane Photonics, Inc. (United States)
Gary Weber, Inplane Photonics, Inc. (United States)
Yoram De Hazan, Inplane Photonics, Inc. (United States)
Debbie Fleming, Inplane Photonics, Inc. (United States)
Amir Hanjani, Inplane Photonics, Inc. (United States)
Joseph Shmulovich, Inplane Photonics, Inc. (United States)
Allan J. Bruce, Inplane Photonics, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5435:
Enabling Photonic Technologies for Aerospace Applications VI
Andrew R. Pirich; Michael J. Hayduk; Eric Donkor, Editor(s)

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