Nanotech 2011 Vol. 2
Nanotech 2011 Vol. 2
Nanotechnology 2011: Electronics, Devices, Fabrication, MEMS, Fluidics and Computational

MEMS & NEMS Fabrication, Devices & Applications Chapter 5

Design, Fabrication and Characterization of Inverse Adiabatic Fiber-To-Chip Couplers

Authors: M. Araghchini, A. Khilo, C.W. Holzwarth, M.S. Dahlem, H.I. Smith, E.P. Ippen, F.X. Kärtner

Affilation: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States

Pages: 310 - 313

Keywords: integrated optics, couplers, integrated photonics

In silicon photonics, light sources are typically located off-chip and connected to the chip with optical fibers. The problem of efficient coupling between the fiber and a submicron waveguide is challenging because the mode areas can differ by up to three orders of magnitude. In this work, we demonstrate that it is possible to use a high index multimode waveguide with its lowest order mode matched to the fiber mode, which increases the range of materials usable for the coupler waveguide significantly. An inverse-taper coupler between a fiber and a SiNx-waveguide overclad with silicon oxide was fabricated. 1dB loss was measured for a 750µm-long device with a low-index multimode waveguide designed to match a 4.0µm fiber.

ISBN: 978-1-4398-7139-3
Pages: 854
Hardcopy: $199.95

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