The extinction ratio (defined as the difference in the optical power between 0-dB fiber-to-fiber loss and the off state level) is enhanced with the introduction of an S-bend waveguide structure using asymmetric twin waveguide techniques for a spot-size converter integrated semiconductor optical amplifier (SSC-SOA) with a polarization-insensitive offset superlattice. Angled waveguides are introduced in order to obtain low facet reflectivity without the need for antireflection coating. A curved waveguide is introduced to connect the angled and straight waveguide, minimizing their coupling loss while achieving a lateral spatial mode filter. The SSC-SOA, operating at 1.62-mum wavelength, achieves an extinction ratio up to 70 dB and a fiber-to-fiber gain of 10 dB using cleaved, flat end single-mode optical fibers.
|Translated title of the contribution||Angled-facet spot-size-converter integrated semiconductor optical amplifiers using asymmetric twin waveguide technology|
|Pages (from-to)||563 - 565|
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||IEEE Photonics Technology Letters|
|Publication status||Published - Apr 2008|