A broadband vertical liquid controlled optical waveguide coupler (LCC) is demonstrated. The fabricated vertical LCC with silicon nitride (SiN) waveguides can switch light between 2 stacked photonic circuit layers with zero energy consumption in a steady switch state. In combination with low-loss interlayer waveguide crossovers they enable large scale non-volatile switch circuits with low loss. The fabricated vertical LCC has a loss less than 2.0 dB in bar state and less than 2.6 dB in cross state over the telecommunication wavelength range 1260 nm to 1630 nm. Interlayer waveguide crossovers with the same interlayer oxide thickness as the LCC have a loss less than 0.06 dB over the same wavelength range. The crosstalk of the LCC is less than 21 dB over the wavelength range 1500 nm to 1630 nm for both bar and cross state.
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