On-chip integratable all-optical quantizer using strong cross-phase modulation in a silicon-organic hybrid slot waveguide

Kang, Zhe, Yuan, Jinhui, Zhang, Xianting, Sang, Xinzhu, Wang, Kuiru, Wu, Qiang, Yan, Binbin, Li, Feng, Zhou, Xian, Zhong, Kangping, Zhou, Guiyao, Yu, Chongxiu, Farrell, Gerald, Lu, Chao, Yaw Tam, Hwa and Wai, Ping-kong Alexander (2016) On-chip integratable all-optical quantizer using strong cross-phase modulation in a silicon-organic hybrid slot waveguide. Scientific Reports, 6. p. 19528. ISSN 2045-2322

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High performance all-optical quantizer based on silicon waveguide is believed to have significant applications in photonic integratable optical communication links, optical interconnection networks, and real-time signal processing systems. In this paper, we propose an integratable all-optical quantizer for on-chip and low power consumption all-optical analog-to-digital converters. The quantization is realized by the strong cross-phase modulation and interference in a silicon-organic hybrid (SOH) slot waveguide based Mach-Zehnder interferometer. By carefully designing the dimension of the SOH waveguide, large nonlinear coefficients up to 16,000 and 18,069 W−1/m for the pump and probe signals can be obtained respectively, along with a low pulse walk-off parameter of 66.7 fs/mm, and all-normal dispersion in the wavelength regime considered. Simulation results show that the phase shift of the probe signal can reach 8π at a low pump pulse peak power of 206 mW and propagation length of 5 mm such that a 4-bit all-optical quantizer can be realized. The corresponding signal-to-noise ratio is 23.42 dB and effective number of bit is 3.89-bit.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H600 Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2016 11:56
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2017 10:08
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/25836

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