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Optical modulation techniques for analog signal processing and CMOS compatible electro-optic modulation
Author(s): Douglas M. Gill; Mahmoud Rasras; Kun-Yii Tu; Young-Kai Chen; Alice E. White; Sanjay S. Patel; Daniel Carothers; Andrew Pomerene; Robert Kamocsai; James Beattie; Anthony Kopa; Alyssa Apsel; Mark Beals; Jurgen Mitchel; Jifeng Liu; Lionel C. Kimerling
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Paper Abstract

Integrating electronic and photonic functions onto a single silicon-based chip using techniques compatible with mass-production CMOS electronics will enable new design paradigms for existing system architectures and open new opportunities for electro-optic applications with the potential to dramatically change the management, cost, footprint, weight, and power consumption of today's communication systems. While broadband analog system applications represent a smaller volume market than that for digital data transmission, there are significant deployments of analog electro-optic systems for commercial and military applications. Broadband linear modulation is a critical building block in optical analog signal processing and also could have significant applications in digital communication systems. Recently, broadband electro-optic modulators on a silicon platform have been demonstrated based on the plasma dispersion effect. The use of the plasma dispersion effect within a CMOS compatible waveguide creates new challenges and opportunities for analog signal processing since the index and propagation loss change within the waveguide during modulation. We will review the current status of silicon-based electrooptic modulators and also linearization techniques for optical modulation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 February 2008
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 6898, Silicon Photonics III, 689803 (13 February 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.777113
Show Author Affiliations
Douglas M. Gill, Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs. (United States)
Mahmoud Rasras, Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs. (United States)
Kun-Yii Tu, Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs. (United States)
Young-Kai Chen, Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs. (United States)
Alice E. White, Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs. (United States)
Sanjay S. Patel, Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs. (United States)
Daniel Carothers, BAE Systems (United States)
Andrew Pomerene, BAE Systems (United States)
Robert Kamocsai, BAE Systems (United States)
James Beattie, BAE Systems (United States)
Anthony Kopa, Cornell Univ. (United States)
Alyssa Apsel, Cornell Univ. (United States)
Mark Beals, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
Jurgen Mitchel, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
Jifeng Liu, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
Lionel C. Kimerling, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6898:
Silicon Photonics III
Joel A. Kubby; Graham T. Reed, Editor(s)

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