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We experimentally demonstrate optically tunable delay line in a silicon microring resonator with a 20- m radius. The delay-tuning mechanism is based on the red shift of the resonance induced by thermal nonlinear effect. We investigate the delay performance of three modulation formats-non-return-to-zero (NRZ), return-to-zero (RZ), and differential phase-shift keying (DPSK) signals at different data rates. Tunable delay is achieved by controlling the power of the continuous-wave (CW) pump with very low tuning threshold, which could be used in microring-resonator-based slow-light structure.
Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics, IEEE Journal of (Volume:14 , Issue: 3 )
Date of Publication: May-june 2008