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Low loss Si-rich silicon nitride for nonlinear signal processing applications

Low loss Si-rich silicon nitride for nonlinear signal processing applications
Low loss Si-rich silicon nitride for nonlinear signal processing applications
Nonlinear silicon photonic devices have attracted considerable attention thanks to their ability to show large third-order nonlinear effects at moderate power levels allowing for all-optical signal processing functionalities in miniaturized components. Although significant efforts have been made and many nonlinear optical functions have already been demonstrated in this platform, the performance of nonlinear silicon photonic devices remains fundamentally limited at the telecom wavelength region due to the two photon absorption (TPA) and related effects. In this work, we propose an alternative CMOS-compatible platform, based on silicon-rich silicon nitride that can overcome this limitation. By carefully selecting the material deposition parameters, we show that both of the device linear and nonlinear properties can be tuned in order to exhibit the desired behaviour at the selected wavelength region. A rigorous and systematic fabrication and characterization campaign of different material compositions is presented, enabling us to demonstrate TPA-free CMOS-compatible waveguides with low linear loss (~1.5 dB/cm) and enhanced Kerr nonlinear response (Re{γ} = 16 Wm-1). Thanks to these properties, our nonlinear waveguides are able to produce a π nonlinear phase shift, paving the way for the development of practical devices for future optical communication applications.
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Stanković, Stevan
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Khokhar, Ali
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Gardes, Frederic
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Richardson, David
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Petropoulos, Periklis
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Richardson, David
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Lacava, Cosimo, Stanković, Stevan, Khokhar, Ali, Domínguez Bucio, Thalia, Gardes, Frederic, Reed, Graham, Richardson, David and Petropoulos, Periklis (2017) Low loss Si-rich silicon nitride for nonlinear signal processing applications. Pacific Rim Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Singapore. 31 Jul - 04 Aug 2017.

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Abstract

Nonlinear silicon photonic devices have attracted considerable attention thanks to their ability to show large third-order nonlinear effects at moderate power levels allowing for all-optical signal processing functionalities in miniaturized components. Although significant efforts have been made and many nonlinear optical functions have already been demonstrated in this platform, the performance of nonlinear silicon photonic devices remains fundamentally limited at the telecom wavelength region due to the two photon absorption (TPA) and related effects. In this work, we propose an alternative CMOS-compatible platform, based on silicon-rich silicon nitride that can overcome this limitation. By carefully selecting the material deposition parameters, we show that both of the device linear and nonlinear properties can be tuned in order to exhibit the desired behaviour at the selected wavelength region. A rigorous and systematic fabrication and characterization campaign of different material compositions is presented, enabling us to demonstrate TPA-free CMOS-compatible waveguides with low linear loss (~1.5 dB/cm) and enhanced Kerr nonlinear response (Re{γ} = 16 Wm-1). Thanks to these properties, our nonlinear waveguides are able to produce a π nonlinear phase shift, paving the way for the development of practical devices for future optical communication applications.

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Published date: 4 August 2017
Additional Information: Invited paper
Venue - Dates: Pacific Rim Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Singapore, 2017-07-31 - 2017-08-04

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Local EPrints ID: 434323
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/434323
PURE UUID: 5d1ed380-637f-41a6-b9fb-bbeb92b35cf3
ORCID for Cosimo Lacava: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-9950-8642
ORCID for Stevan Stanković: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-6154-3138
ORCID for Thalia Domínguez Bucio: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-3664-1403
ORCID for David Richardson: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-7751-1058
ORCID for Periklis Petropoulos: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-1576-8034

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Date deposited: 19 Sep 2019 16:30
Last modified: 20 Sep 2019 00:39

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