5 June 2007 Analysis of a planar silicon opto-electronic modulator based on the waveguide-vanishing effect
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Silicon is the most diffused material for microelectronic industry and, in recent times, it is becoming more and more widespread in integrated optic and optoelectronic fields. We present the thermo-electro-optical analysis of an integrated waveguide-vanishing-based optical modulator based on free-carrier dispersion effect, realizable on standard SOI wafer. The optical behavior is based on the vanishing of the lateral confinement in the rib region, and consequent cut-off of the propagating mode. Results show that an optical modulation depth close to 100% can be reached with a bandwidth of about 154 MHz. Smart electrical driving, that is an injection overdrive of a few volts for a very short time, allows to reach total ON-OFF switching time of about 860 ps. For that bias scheme the fall transient is then limiting the whole dynamic and the resulting bit rate in a pure digital modulation scheme is about 1.2 Gb/s.
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Giuseppe Coppola, Giuseppe Coppola, Iodice Mario, Iodice Mario, Ivo Rendina, Ivo Rendina, } "Analysis of a planar silicon opto-electronic modulator based on the waveguide-vanishing effect", Proc. SPIE 6593, Photonic Materials, Devices, and Applications II, 65931N (5 June 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.722358; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.722358
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