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Vertical microcavities based on photonic crystal mirrors for III-V/Si integrated microlasers
Author(s): Lydie Ferrier; Salim Boutami; Fabien Mandorlo; Xavier Letartre; Pedro Rojo Romeo; Pierre Viktorovitch; Philippe Gilet; Badhise Ben Bakir; Philippe Grosse; Jean-Marc Fedeli; Alexei Chelnokov
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Paper Abstract

The on-coming photonic layer of CMOS integrated circuits needs efficient light sources to treat and transmit the flow of data. We develop new configurations of III-V/Si vertical cavity lasers coupled to silicon optical waveguides using mirror/coupler based on photonic crystals. These devices can be fabricated using fully CMOS-compatible technological steps. Using this approach, the optical gain is provided by the III-V material, while all the remaining part of the optical cavity is in silicon. The output coupling to the sub-µm waveguides of the CMOS optical layer can then be inherently optimised since the laser mirror/coupler and the Si output waveguides will be realised together during the same fabrication step. It has been demonstrated that photonic crystals membrane can act as very efficient reflectors (PCM-mirrors) for vertical microresonators. In this communication, the design of a vertical cavity microlaser based on these PCM-mirrors will be presented. We will show that high Q-factors (>10000) along with strong vertical and lateral confinements can be achieved. As a first demonstration, experimental results on silicon PhC-mirrors and associated vertical cavities will be discussed, showing Q factors larger than 2000. Finally, theoretical results on the coupling between such cavities and a silicon micro-waveguide will be presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 May 2008
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6989, Photonic Crystal Materials and Devices VIII, 69890W (6 May 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.781328
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Lydie Ferrier, Ecole Centrale de Lyon (France)
Salim Boutami, Ecole Centrale de Lyon (France)
Fabien Mandorlo, Ecole Centrale de Lyon (France)
Xavier Letartre, Ecole Centrale de Lyon (France)
Pedro Rojo Romeo, Ecole Centrale de Lyon (France)
Pierre Viktorovitch, Ecole Centrale de Lyon (France)
Philippe Gilet, CEA-LETI MINATEC (France)
Badhise Ben Bakir, CEA-LETI MINATEC (France)
Philippe Grosse, CEA-LETI MINATEC (France)
Jean-Marc Fedeli, CEA-LETI MINATEC (France)
Alexei Chelnokov, CEA-LETI MINATEC (France)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6989:
Photonic Crystal Materials and Devices VIII
Richard M. De La Rue; Ceferino López; Michele Midrio; Pierre Viktorovitch, Editor(s)

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