Publisher DOI: 10.2971/jeos.2012.12033
Title: Low-loss multilayer compatible a-Si:H optical thin films for photonic applications
Language: English
Authors: Lipka, Timo 
Horn, Oliver 
Amthor, Julia 
Müller, Jörg 
Keywords: Amorphous silicon; Dielectric thin films; Integrated optics; Photonics; Resonators
Issue Date: 29-Aug-2012
Publisher: European Optical Society
Source: Journal of the European Optical Society (7): Art.-Nr. 12033 (2012)
Abstract (english): 
This paper reports about hydrogenated amorphous silicon which can be employed as low-loss optical material for small footprint and cost-effective photonic integrated circuits. Basic waveguides, photonic wire based couplers, Mach-Zehnder interferometers, ring resonators and Mach-Zehnder assisted ring resonators were designed, fabricated, and optically characterised. The propagation loss of rib and photonic wire waveguides were determined to be 2 dB/cm and 5.3 dB/cm, respectively. The 90° bending losses of 5 μm curved photonic wires were determined to be 0.025 dB/90°. Three-dimensional tapers, which were fabricated without additional etching steps and were deposited on top of the fabricated photonic wires showed a net coupling loss of 4 dB/port. Multimode 3 dB-splitters were systematically investigated resulting in 49-51% splitting ratios. Mach-Zehnder interferometers that were realised with these splitters showed interference fringe depths of up to 25 dB for both polarisations. Compact ring resonators with 10 μm radius implemented as notch filters and in Mach-Zehnder coupled configurations provided extinction ratios of ≥20 dB and Q-factors up to 7500.
ISSN: 1990-2573
Journal: Journal of the European Optical Society 
Institute: Mikrosystemtechnik E-7 
Document Type: Article
Project: FOR 653: Aktive und abstimmbare mikrophotonische Systeme auf der Basis von Silicon-On-Insulator (SOI) 
More Funding information: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
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