1 May 2014 A silicon Mach Zehnder comb switch for low power operation in on-chip optical data communications
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A novel method to significantly decrease power consumption in a silicon switch based on an asymmetric Mach-Zehnder interferometer (MZI) structure is proposed and experimentally demonstrated. A radical power consumption reduction up to 50% is achieved for switching digital data at bit rates from 10 to 30Gbps with respect to a conventional switch based on a symmetric MZI. Furthermore, the broadband performance of the proposed silicon MZI comb switch is also demonstrated by transmitting a 120 Gbps DWDM data stream.
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L. Sánchez, L. Sánchez, A. Brimont, A. Brimont, S. Lechago, S. Lechago, A. Griol, A. Griol, P. Sanchis, P. Sanchis, } "A silicon Mach Zehnder comb switch for low power operation in on-chip optical data communications", Proc. SPIE 9133, Silicon Photonics and Photonic Integrated Circuits IV, 91330P (1 May 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2052257; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2052257
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