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Electro-optic polymer-based modulator design and performance for 40 Gb/s system applications

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2 Author(s)
Gill, D.M. ; Lucent Technol. Bell Labs., Murray Hill, NJ, USA ; Chowdhury, A.

We investigate the potential performance of polymer-based electro-optic (EO) modulators for high-speed systems at 40 Gb/s and beyond. General strategies and specific designs are presented to reduce the modulator half-wave drive voltage while maintaining a broadband response. In addition, we consider practical system requirements that may allow the relaxation of certain modulator design parameters to further improve performance. Designs are presented that may enable a 3-dB electrical bandwidth of 30 GHz with a single-ended half-wave drive voltage of ∼1.6 V for 1.3-μm light assuming an effective EO coefficient of 30 pm/V in the waveguide core.

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Lightwave Technology, Journal of  (Volume:20 ,  Issue: 12 )

Date of Publication:

Dec 2002

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