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Authors: M. Tassaert, S. Keyvaninia, D. Van Thourhout, W.M.J. Green, Y. Vlasov, G. Roelkens
Title: An optically pumped nanophotonic InP/InGaAlAs optical amplifier integrated on a SOI waveguide circuit
Format: International Journal
Publication date: 3/2012
Journal/Conference/Book: Optical and Quantum Electronics (invited)
Editor/Publisher: Springer, 
Volume(Issue): 44(12) p.513-519
Internal Reference: [N-1242]
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Abstract

A small footprint integrated optical ampli fier on Silicon-On-Insulator (SOI) is proposed in this article. By using a membrane active waveguide the optical confinement is maximized, leading to a compact device with high gain. Furthermore, the device is optically pumped through the silicon waveguide layer to optimally use the pump light. We show 8 dB gain in pulsed regime in a 100 um long device using a peak pump power of only 4.5mW. This is an important step towards a CMOS-compatible optical amplifi er for intra-chip optical interconnects.

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