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GaAs homojunction rib waveguide directional coupler switch

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2 Author(s)
Carenco, A. ; Centre National D''Etudes des Telecommunications, 196 rue de Paris, 92220 Bagneux, France ; Menigaux, L.

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An electro‐optic directional coupler switch has been fabricated with a GaAs homojunction structure and tested at 1.15 μm. Each single mode guide is made in a n‐LPE layer grown on a n+ substrate, the p+ rib used to confine the light being obtained by Zn diffusion and chemical etching. A calculation of the losses in the planar approximation roughly yields the large values of attenuation measured for TE and TM modes (∼8 cm-1). By reversely biasing the ’’stepped Δβ’’ junctions with less than 17 V, more than 13 dB power isolation has been achieved for both switching states on a 6.3‐mm‐long device. Large improvements of the characteristics are expected from the additional design parameters provided by GaAs‐GaAlAs double heterostructure.

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Journal of Applied Physics  (Volume:51 ,  Issue: 3 )