27 February 2015 Silicon-based tunable optical delay lines and switches for next generation optical telecommunications
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Proceedings Volume 9367, Silicon Photonics X; 93670Z (2015) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2083276
Event: SPIE OPTO, 2015, San Francisco, California, United States
We report our recent progress on reconfigurable optical true time delay lines (RTTDL) and optical switches. The RTTDL is composed of 8 stages of MZIs connected by 7 waveguide pairs with an incremental length difference. Variable optical attenuators are inserted in the delay waveguides to suppress crosstalk caused by the residual signals from noise paths. Transmission of a 25 Gbps PRBS signal confirms the signal fidelity after a maximum of 1.27 ns delay. The optical switch is based on a Benes architecture with Mach-Zehnder interferometers (MZI) as the switching elements. Both p-i-n diodes and silicon resistive micro-heaters are integrated in the MZI arms for electrical tuning and phase correction, respectively. The measured on-chip insertion loss of the 4×4 switch is < 8 dB. Transmission of a 50 Gb/s quadrature phase shift keying (QPSK) optical signal verifies its switching functionality.
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Linjie Zhou, Linjie Zhou, Jingya Xie, Jingya Xie, Liangjun Lu, Liangjun Lu, Zuxiang Li, Zuxiang Li, Jianping Chen, Jianping Chen, "Silicon-based tunable optical delay lines and switches for next generation optical telecommunications", Proc. SPIE 9367, Silicon Photonics X, 93670Z (27 February 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2083276; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2083276

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