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Spectral shaping based on optical waveguides with advanced Sagnac loop reflectors

Authors
  • Arianfard, Hamed
  • Wu, Jiayang
  • Juodkazis, Saulius
  • Moss, David J.
Type
Published Article
Journal
SPIE Proceedings
Publisher
SPIE
Volume
12004
Pages
120040–120040
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1117/12.2607902
Source
SPIE
License
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Abstract

We propose and theoretically investigate integrated photonic filters based on two coupled Sagnac loop reflectors (SLRs) formed by a self-coupled optical waveguide. Recently we investigated integrated photonic filters based on cascaded SLRs and coupled SLRs. Here, we advance this field by presenting a unique approach of using coupled SLRs formed by a self-coupled optical waveguide. This enables us to achieve high performance filter functions including Fano-like resonances and wavelength interleaving with a simpler design and a higher fabrication tolerance by tailoring coherent mode interference in the device. Our design takes into account the device fabrication issues as well as the requirements for practical applications. As a guide for practical device fabrication, an analysis of the impact of the structural parameters and fabrication tolerance on each filter function is also provided. The Fano-like resonances show a low insertion loss (IL) of 1.1 dB, a high extinction ratio of 30.2 dB, and a high slope rate (SR) of 747.64 dB/nm. The combination of low IL and high SR promises this device for Fano resonance applications. Our device also can achieve wavelength de-interleaving function with high fabrication tolerance which is attractive for optical interleavers that need a flat-top symmetric filter shape. Optical interleavers and de-interleavers are core elements for signal multiplexing and demultiplexing in wavelength division multiplexing optical communication systems. Versatile spectral responses with a simple design, compact device footprint, and high fabrication tolerance make this approach highly promising for flexible response shaping in a wide variety of applications.

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