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Novel design of bi-directional triplexer based on PLC
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Paper Abstract

As the development of the technology, fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) becomes a feasible solution to meet the increasing demand on bandwidth. Due to the massive number of end users, cheap and reliable components become the bottleneck to deploy the new technology. Triplexer is one of the key components in the FTTH and is used by every end user. Currently, the available triplexers are either based on bulk optics or fiber optics with large size and high price due to manual labor involved. Planar lightwave circuit (PLC) is a possible technology for massive production and cost reduction. However, it is very challenging to design such bi-directional triplexer on PLC. The first challenge is that three channels, at λ=1310nm, 1490nm, and 1555nm, are separated unevenly over a very large wavelength range; Secondly, the bandwidths of the three channels, Δλ=100nm, 20nm, and 10nm, are very different. In the paper, we proposed a novel design by combining both coarse WDM and dense WDM. In the design, a multi-mode interference (MMI) device is used for coarse WDM to separate the 1310nm from the other two channels. The dense WDM for the remaining two channels is performed by an array waveguide gratings (AWG). The MMI and AWG are built on the same wafer with monolithic integration. Initial simulation results show it is a very promising device.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 October 2005
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5970, Photonic Applications in Devices and Communication Systems, 59700K (12 October 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.628733
Show Author Affiliations
Chenglin Xu, McMaster Univ. (Canada)
Linping Shen, Apollo Inc. (Canada)
Dong Zhou, McMaster Univ. (Canada)
Wei-Ping Huang, McMaster Univ. (Canada)
Jin Hong, Oplink Communication Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5970:
Photonic Applications in Devices and Communication Systems
Peter Mascher; John C. Cartledge; Andrew Peter Knights; David V. Plant, Editor(s)

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