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A three-power-level method for obtaining efficient thermo-optical modulation in an all-silicon waveguide-integrated Fabry-Perot thermo-optic modulator is discussed by means of a thermo-optical analytical model and demonstrated. The thermal system is represented as a two-pole model where, at every time, the temperature in the waveguide core is modified by means of a heater. This temperature is calculated and used in turn for calculating the refractive index. In this way, the impact of the driving signal shape on the device speed performance is assessed. Results clearly indicate that the application of a thermal bias holding the modulator at a higher average temperature with respect to the substrate heat sink allows increasing the modulator speed. An application-specific integrated circuit has been designed and developed in order to test the new modulation logic. The system's electronics is implemented in a 0.8 …
International Society for Optics and Photonics
Publication date: 
1 Jul 2009

Francesco Giuseppe Della Corte, Massimo Merenda, Giuseppe Cocorullo, Mario Iodice, Ivo Rendina, Pasqualina M Sarro

Biblio References: 
Volume: 48 Issue: 7 Pages: 074601
Optical Engineering