We discuss the performance of slow-light enhanced optical switches and modulators fabricated in silicon. The switch is based on photonic crystal waveguides in a directional coupler geometry, and the dispersion of the device is engineered to allow a switching length as short as 5 mu m and rerouting of optical signals within 3 ps. The 3 ps switching time is demonstrated using free carriers in the silicon generated by the absorption of a femtosecond pump pulse. The modulator is based on a Mach-Zehnder interferometer configuration, with photonic crystal waveguides in each arm to act as phase-shifters. A flat-band slow-light region has been engineered in the phase-shifters to provide an extinction ratio in excess of 15 dB over the entire 11 nm bandwidth of the modulator device.
|Title of host publication||SILICON PHOTONICS V|
|Editors||JA Kubby, GT Reed|
|Publication status||Published - 2010|
|Name||Proceedings of SPIE-The International Society for Optical Engineering|
Conference on Silicon Photonics V, San Francisco, CA, JAN 24-27, 2010