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Authors: K. Van Acoleyen, H. Rogier, R. Baets
Title: Optical wireless communication using Silicon-on-Insulator technology
Format: International Conference Proceedings
Publication date: 11/2009
Journal/Conference/Book: 14th Annual Symposium of the IEEE Photonics Benelux Chapter
Volume(Issue): p.33-36
Location: Brussels, Belgium
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The feasibility of fabricating wireless optical components on Silicon-on-Insulator (SOI)
is investigated. Using arrays of grating couplers, a so-called phased array is constructed
allowing beam steering and sending light to and receiving light from free space. Using
a phased array at the receiver side also allows for more complex modulation formats
since light is now captured coherently before being detected in an integrated receiver.
Link budget calculations of such phased arrays are performed and show the feasibility
of on-chip phased arrays for distances up to a few meter and steering ranges of several

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