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Recent development in silicon photonics: 2.5 Gb/s silicon optical modulator and silicon Raman laser
Author(s): Ansheng Liu; Ling Liao; Haisheng Rong; Richard Jones; Dean Samara-Rubio; Doron Rubin; Rami Cohen; Oded Cohen; Dani Hak; Thorkild Franck; Ulrich D. Keil; Mario Paniccia
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Paper Abstract

Due to the mature silicon fabrication technology and vast existing infrastructures, silicon photonics has a chance to offer low cost solutions to telecommunications and data communications. It could also enable a chip-scale platform for monolithic integration of optics and microelectronics circuits for applications of optical interconnects for which high data streams are required in a very small footprint. Two key building blocks needed for any silicon based optoelectronics are silicon based light source and high-speed optical modulator. This paper gives an overview of recent results for a fast (>1GHz) silicon modulator and a silicon Raman laser. We present optical characterization of a high speed metal-oxide-semiconductor (MOS) capacitor-based silicon optical modulator. We show that a Mach-Zehnder interferometer (MZI) structure with a custom-designed driver circuit results in the realization of a silicon modulator transmitting data at 2.5 Gb/s with an extinction ratio of up to 2.8 dB. In addition we show that by reducing the waveguide dimensions one can improve the phase efficiency. In addition, as single crystal silicon possesses higher (four orders of magnitude) Raman gain coefficient as compared to silica, it is possible to achieve sizeable gain in chip-scale silicon waveguide for optical amplification and lasing. With a 4.8 cm long waveguide containing a reverse biased p-i-n diode, we demonstrate lasing operation using a pulsed pump laser. We achieve ~10% slope efficiency. We in addition model a continuous-wave silicon Raman laser and show that higher conversion efficiency and lower threshold power can be realized with optimised cavity device design.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 March 2005
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 5730, Optoelectronic Integration on Silicon II, (7 March 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.593692
Show Author Affiliations
Ansheng Liu, Intel Corp. (United States)
Ling Liao, Intel Corp. (United States)
Haisheng Rong, Intel Corp. (United States)
Richard Jones, Intel Corp. (United States)
Dean Samara-Rubio, Intel Corp. (United States)
Doron Rubin, Intel Corp. (Israel)
Rami Cohen, Intel Corp. (Israel)
Oded Cohen, Intel Corp. (Israel)
Dani Hak, Intel Corp. (Israel)
Thorkild Franck, Intel Corp. (Denmark)
Ulrich D. Keil, Intel Corp. (Denmark)
Mario Paniccia, Intel Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5730:
Optoelectronic Integration on Silicon II
Joel A. Kubby; Ghassan E. Jabbour, Editor(s)

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