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Nonlinear functionalities in ring resonators

Main Researcher: Gino Priem

Using SOI ring resonators, different nonlinear contributions to the refractive index and absorption are investigated. It was found that thermal effects are dominant, but also a large contribution due to free carriers is present. Using a 4 um radius ring, thermal bistability was obtained with input powers below 0.3mW.

For the first time, we also demonstrated unstable behaviour, which forms an important limitation for thermal all-optical switching, but also has potential for pulse generation.

In addition, free-carrier based all-optical switching was
demonstrated with a pump power of only 0.66 mW. At larger pump
powers, we again observed unstable behaviour, which limits the obtainable modulation depth. Despite these considerations, applications along the lines of packet-based all-optical
routing are possible.

Other people involved:


    International Journals

  1. W. Bogaerts, P. De Heyn, T. Van Vaerenbergh, K. De Vos, S. Selvaraja, T. Claes, P. Dumon, P. Bienstman, D. Van Thourhout, R. Baets, Silicon microring resonators, Lasers & Photonics Reviews, 6(1), p.47-73 doi:10.1002/lpor.201100017 (2012)  Download this Publication (1.9MB).
  2. P. Dumon, G.R.A. Priem, L.R. Nunes, W. Bogaerts, D. Van Thourhout, P. Bienstman, T.K. Liang, M. Tsuchiya, P. Jaenen, S. Beckx, J. Wouters, R. Baets, Linear and nonlinear nanophotonic devices based on silicon-on-insulator wire waveguides, Japanese Journal of Applied Physics, 45(8B), p.6589-6602 doi:10.1143/jjap.45.6589 (2006)  Download this Publication (649KB).
  3. G.R.A. Priem, P. Dumon, W. Bogaerts, D. Van Thourhout, G. Morthier, R. Baets, Optical bistability and pulsating behaviour in Silicon-On-Insulator ring resonator structures, Optics Express, 13(23), p.9623 - 9628 doi:10.1364/opex.13.009623 (2005)  Download this Publication (201KB).
      International Conferences

    1. R. Baets, W. Bogaerts, D. Taillaert, P. Dumon, D. Van Thourhout, SOI Photonic Wire Based Components with Compact and Efficient Fiber Couplers , Optical Fiber Communications (invited), United States, p.OWG3 doi:10.1109/ofc.2007.4348871 (2007)  Download this Publication (594KB).
    2. G.R.A. Priem, P. Dumon, W. Bogaerts, D. Van Thourhout, G. Morthier, R. Baets, nonlinear effects in ultrasmall silicon-on-insulator ring resonators, SPIE Photonics Europe, France, p.6183-47 doi:10.1117/12.668249 (2006)  Download this Publication (2.4MB).

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