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Efficient and compact thermo-optic phase shifter in silicon-rich silicon nitride

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posted on 2023-01-11, 23:03 authored by Hani Nejadriahi, Steve Pappert, Yeshaiahu Fainman, Paul Yu
The design, fabrication, and characterization of low loss ultra-compact bends in high index (n = 3.1 at {\lambda} = 1550 nm) PECVD silicon rich silicon nitride (SRN) is demonstrated and utilized to realize efficient, small footprint thermo-optic phase shifter. Compact bends are structured into a folded waveguide geometry to form a rectangular spiral within an area of 65 x 65 \mum2 possessing a total active waveguide length of 1.2 mm. The device features a phase shifting efficiency of 8 mW/{\pi} and a 3 dB switching bandwidth of 15 KHz. We propose SRN as a promising thermo-optic platform combining the properties of silicon and silicon stoichiometric nitride

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