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Analysis of integrated-optics near 3 dB coupler and Mach-Zehnder interferometric modulator using four-port scattering matrix

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2 Author(s)
R. Rediker ; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Lexington, MA, USA ; F. Leonberger

The scattering matrix formalism for a lossless four-port device is used to describe the interferometric performance of the integrated-optics near 3 dB coupler and, consequently, the Mach-Zehnder interferometric modulator as a function of coupler and/or power imbalance. For the case of a coupler consisting of three single-mode dielectric guides forming a Y junction, a fourth port is incorporated which takes all the power radiated out of the guided-wave system in the vicinity of the junction. The interferometric properties of the coupler are shown to be relatively insensitive to fabrication and/or design errors of a magnitude which would make the use of this junction in the reverse direction as a 3 dB divider very marginal. A coupler with an extinction ratio as an interferometer better than -26 dB corresponds to a power divider which couples 22 percent more power into one arm than the other. It is also shown that the near 3 dB coupler used as the output of an interferometric modulator is similarly insensitive to the inequality of the powers in the two arms.

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IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics  (Volume:18 ,  Issue: 10 )