Fully integrated Laser Doppler Vibrometer (LDV) based on hybrid 3D integration of silicon nitride and polymer photonic circuits with operation in the kHz regime
31 January 2023 • 9:25 AM - 9:45 AM PST | Moscone Center, Room 304 (Level 3 South)
In this paper, we present the development of a miniaturized Laser Doppler Vibrometer (LDV) system, based on the 3D hybrid integration of the Si3N4 platform of LioniX (TriPleX) and the polymer platform of FhG-HHI (PolyBoard). The photonic integrated circuit (PIC) supports all the functionalities of an LDV system including the splitting of the input light to the measurement and the reference beam, the introduction of an optical frequency shift up to 100 kHz, polarization handling and detection of the reflected measurement beam, using a heterodyne detection technique. The optical frequency shift is accommodated in the TriPleX section of the PIC based on a simple serrodyne scheme, where a phase modulator is driven with a sawtooth signal with the desired frequency. The modulation of the optical field is based on the stress-optic effect utilizing thin-films of PZT deposited on top of the waveguide structures of the TriPleX platform, capable of supporting modulation frequencies up to several MHz. The PolyBoard part enables polarization handling and heterodyne detection of the reflected beam using micro-optic elements on chip, including a polarization beam splitter (PBS), a half wave plate (HWP), and a pair of balanced detectors with four photodiodes that are flip chip bonded on the top. The TriPleX and the PolyBoard platform were brought together based on the 3D hybrid integration, using mode size converters and vertical directional couplers with coupling losses lower than 15 dB. On-chip beating, using the integrated photodiodes is experimentally demonstrated.
Institute of Communication and Computer Systems, National Technical Univ. of Athens (Greece)
Adam Raptakis received his degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering (major in communications and electronics) from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) in 2017. He has been a member of the Photonics Communications Research Laboratory since 2018 pursuing his research towards his PhD. His research interests include photon-based quantum technologies, photonic sensors and optical communications.