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Authors: T. Ako, A. Hope, T. Nguyen, A. Mitchell, W. Bogaerts, K. Neyts, J. Beeckman
Title: Electrically tuneable lateral leakage loss in liquid crystal clad shallow-etched silicon waveguides
Format: International Journal
Publication date: 2/2015
Journal/Conference/Book: Optics Express
Volume(Issue): 23(3) p.2846-2856
DOI: 10.1364/oe.23.002846
Citations: 12 ( - last update: 16/6/2024)
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We demonstrate electrical tuning of the lateral leakage loss of TM-like modes in nematic liquid crystal (LC) clad shallow-etched Silicon-on-Insulator (SOI) waveguides. The refractive index of the LC layer can be modulated by applying a voltage over it. This results in a modulation of the effective index of the SOI waveguide modes. Since the leakage loss is linked to these effective indices, tunable leakage loss of the waveguides is achieved. We switch the wavelength at which the minimum in leakage loss occurs by 39.5nm (from 1564nm to 1524.5nm) in a 785nm wide waveguide. We show that the leakage loss in this waveguide can either be increased or decreased by modulating the refractive index of the LC cladding at a fixed wavelength.

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