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A novel SiPh-based mode converter with multi-function

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A novel SiPh-based mode converter with multi-function

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Credit: Zihan Tao, Bo Wang, Bowen Bai, Ruixuan Chen, Haowen Shu, Xuguang Zhang & Xingjun Wang

Just as light have different polarization when propagating in free space, there are similar properties in integrated optical waveguides, we call it ‘TE’ polarization and ‘TM’ polarization. The electric field direction of TE polarization in silicon photonics chip is perpendicular to the substrate, while that of TM polarization is parallel to the substrate. The orthogonality of the electric field implies that the two modes have no crosstalk while propagating in a waveguide simultaneously, thus realizing the advanced functions such as polarization division multiplexing. The slot waveguides, which owns the special structure compared to the convention strip waveguides, are irreplaceable in many applications. However, the approach to reduce the optical insertion loss or the reflection at the transition area between the slot waveguide and strip waveguide becomes a great issue.

Recently, researchers led by Prof. Xingjun Wang at Peking University proposed a novel structure to solve the above problem. A novel structure as sinusoidal-profile with a compact size (1.1 μm × 1.2 μm) is proposed for the transition area to excite the multimode interference (MMI) effect, which not only decreases the optical mode field mismatching but also has an ultra-compact device size. The TE polarization and TM polarization are supported simultaneously. The insertion losses for TE0 and TM0 polarizations are measured as low as 0.40 and 0.64 dB, respectively. The polarization-dependent loss is 0.24 dB, indicating that the converter can handle a variety of applications where both TE0 and TM0 polarizations are needed. This study entitled “An ultra-compact polarization-insensitive slot-strip mode converter” was published in Frontiers of Optoelectronics on Apr. 2, 2022.

Reference: Tao, Z., Wang, B., Bai, B., Chen, R., Shu, H., Zhang, X., Wang, X.. An ultra-compact polarization-insensitive slot-strip mode converter. Front. Optoelectron. 15, 5 (2022).


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Founded in May 1954, Higher Education Press Limited Company (HEP), affiliated with the Ministry of Education, is one of the earliest institutions committed to educational publishing after the establishment of P. R. China in 1949. After striving for six decades, HEP has developed into a major comprehensive publisher, with products in various forms and at different levels. Both for import and export, HEP has been striving to fill in the gap of domestic and foreign markets and meet the demand of global customers by collaborating with more than 200 partners throughout the world and selling products and services in 32 languages globally. Now, HEP ranks among China's top publishers in terms of copyright export volume and the world's top 50 largest publishing enterprises in terms of comprehensive strength.

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About Frontiers of Optoelectronics

Frontiers of Optoelectronics (FOE) aims at introducing the most recent research results and the cutting edge improvements in the area of photonics and optoelectronics. It is dedicated to be an important information platform for rapid communication and exchange between researchers in the related areas. The journal publishes review articles, research articles, letters, comments, special issues, and so on. The Editors-in-Chief are Academician Qihuang Gong from Peking University and Prof. Xinliang Zhang from Huazhong University of Science and Technology. FOE has been indexed by ESCI, Ei, SCOPUS, CSCD, Source Journals for Chinese Scientific and Technical Papers and Citations, etc. FOE is fully open access since 2022.

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