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High efficiency fiber to waveguide optical coupler in silicon-on-insulator based slot waveguides
Author(s): Yan Liu; Shaowu Chen; Jinzhong Yu
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Paper Abstract

We propose a novel optical fiber-to-waveguide coupler for integrated optical circuits. The proper materials and structural parameters of the coupler, which is based on a slot waveguide, are carefully analyzed using a full-vectorial three dimensional mode solver. Because the effective refractive index of the mode in a silicon-on-insulator-based slot waveguide can be extremely close to that of the fiber, a highly efficient fiber-to-waveguide coupling application can be realized. For a TE-like mode, the calculated minimum mismatch loss is about 1.8dB at 1550nm, and the mode conversion loss can be less than 0.5dB. The discussion of the present state-of-the-art is also involved. The proposed coupler can be used in chip-to-chip communication.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 January 2008
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 6831, Nanophotonics, Nanostructure, and Nanometrology II, 68310R (4 January 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.758333
Show Author Affiliations
Yan Liu, Institute of Semiconductors (China)
Shaowu Chen, Institute of Semiconductors (China)
Jinzhong Yu, Institute of Semiconductors (China)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6831:
Nanophotonics, Nanostructure, and Nanometrology II
Xing Zhu; Stephen Y. Chou; Yasuhiko Arakawa, Editor(s)

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