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Circularly Polarized External Cavity Laser Hybrid Integrated With a Polyimide Quarter-Wave Plate on Planar Lightwave Circuit

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We propose and demonstrate a circularly polarized external cavity laser (ECL) hybrid integrated on a planar lightwave circuit (PLC). The ECL is composed of a spot-size converter integrated laser diode, a UV-written grating, and a polyimide quarter-wave plate on the PLC using hybrid-integration technology. The polyimide quarter-wave plate of an 8.8-mum thickness was inserted in a trench with a 20-mum width and a 300-mum depth on the PLC platform, and fixed with a UV-curable adhesive. The ECL hybrid integrated with the polyimide wave plate becomes highly circular-polarized with a degree of circular polarization of 0.992. This circularly polarized ECL operated with a sidemode suppression ratio of >50 dB at ~1550 nm.

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Photonics Technology Letters, IEEE  (Volume:19 ,  Issue: 14 )