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We demonstrate photonic circuits monolithically integrated on an InP-based platform for use in coherent communication links. We describe a technology platform that allows for the integration of numerous circuit elements. We show examples of an integrated transmitter which offers an on-chip wavelength-division-multiplexing source with a flat gain profile across a 2 THz band and a new device design to provide a flatted gain over a 5 THz band. We show coherent receivers incorporating an integrated widely tunable local oscillator as well as an optical PLL. Finally, we demonstrate a tunable optical bandpass filter for use in analog coherent radio frequency links with a measured spurious-free dynamic range of 86.3 dB-Hz2/3 as well as an improved design to exceed 117 dB-Hz2/3.
Date of Publication: Feb. 2012