Abstract

In this paper, it is shown that a suitable choice of the geometrical parameters of a silicon-wire waveguide microracetrack resonator structure can lead to a substantial improvement in the control of coupling coefficients and, hence, the design of ultracompact devices for high-performance channel add-drop filters and all-optical switching applications. On the one hand, some simple theoretical arguments and simulation results indicate that the reduction of the silicon-wire rectangular waveguide cross-section area (width×height) is possible, from standard (450nm×220nm) to (380nm×200nm) on both the bus and the resonator waveguides; this action, apart from still guaranteeing a quasi-TE single-mode operation, would provide an effective improvement into scale-of-integration by a 1.30 factor per device volume. On the other hand, it will be shown by a semianalytical method (analytical calculation + numerical simulation) that achieving the waveguide-racetrack optimal coupling condition for a particular application can be reduced to a prime calculation of the main resonator geometrical parameters (bend radius, straight length, air gap and overall coupling length). In particular, the design of high-performance ultracompact waveguide-racetrack resonator structures, with pre-established Q factor (Q2000), free spectral range (FSR15nm), full width at half-maximum (FWHM5nm), finesse (F40) or extinction ratio signals (ER20dB) can be systematically obtained with this procedure.

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