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Photonic Crystal Silicon Optical Modulators: Carrier-Injection and Depletion at 10 Gb/s

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5 Author(s)
Nguyen, H.C. ; Dept. of Electr. & Comput. Eng., Yokohama Nat. Univ., Yokohama, Japan ; Sakai, Y. ; Shinkawa, M. ; Ishikura, N.
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We demonstrate 10 Gb/s modulation in a 200 μm photonic crystal silicon optical modulator, in both carrier-injection and depletion modes. In particular, this is the first demonstration of 10 Gb/s modulation in depletion mode and without pre-emphasis, in a Mach-Zehnder type modulator of this length, although moderate pre-emphasis can improve the signal quality. This is made possible by utilizing the slow-light of the photonic crystal waveguide, where the group index ng is ~ 30 and gives ~ 7 times enhancement in the modulation efficiency compared to rib-waveguide devices. We observe 10 Gb/s modulation at drive voltages as low as 1.6 V and 3.6 V peak-to-peak, in injection- and depletion-modes, respectively.

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Quantum Electronics, IEEE Journal of  (Volume:48 ,  Issue: 2 )