Abstract

We introduce a hybrid integration platform based on the combination of passive and electro-optic polymers. We analyze the optical and physical compatibility of these materials and describe the advantages that our hybrid platform is expected to have for the development of transmitters in terms of operation flexibility and speed. We combine our platform with InP electronics and develop a transmitter with 22-nm tunability in the C-band and potential for serial non-return-to-zero on-off-keying operation directly at 100 Gb/s. We investigate its transmission performance at 80 and 100 Gb/s using dispersion uncompensated standard single-mode fiber and demonstrate bit-error rate (BER) lower than 10−10 at 80 Gb/s after 1625 m, lower than 10−10 at 100 Gb/s after 500 m, lower than 10−9 at 100 Gb/s after 1000 m, and BER 10−7 at the same rate after 1625 m. We also employ the transmitter inside an experimental setup, which aims to emulate an optical circuit switched (OCS) domain of an intradata center network, and demonstrate at 100 Gb/s the way, in which its wavelength tunability can resolve contentions and improve the flexibility and the efficiency of the network. Finally, we outline our next plans, including the development of flexible and ultra-fast transmitters for coherent systems using the same polymer-to-polymer integration platform.

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