Abstract

A unified method was proposed to reduce the beat length of a multimode interference (MMI) coupler. By properly adjusting the phase difference of the N-fold images, the mode evolution is changed to generate self-images at a much shorter distance. The effect of adjusting the phase difference can be regarded as dividing the original MMI coupler into multiple sub-MMI couplers. Such an effect can be applied for both symmetric- and paired-interference cases. We applied the principle to design compact optical splitters operating at dual wavelength bands. The simulation shows that excellent performance with reduced coupler length can be obtained for splitters operating at both 1.3 and 1.55 μm bands.

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2002 (2)

Y.-J. Lin and S.-L. Lee, "InP-based 1.3/1.55μm wavelength demultiplexer with multimode interference and chirped grating," Opt. and Quantum Electron. 34, 1201-1212 (2002).
[CrossRef]

S. Nagai, G. Morishima, H. Inayoshi, and K. Utaka, "Multimode interference photonic switches (MIPS)," J. Lightwave Technol. 20, 675-681 (2002).
[CrossRef]

2000 (2)

Y. Ma, S. Park, L. Wang, and S. T. Ho, "Ultracompact multimode interference 3-dB coupler with strong lateral confinement by deep dry etching," IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 12, 492-494 (2000).

Y. Gottesman, E. V. K. Rao, and B. Dagens, "A novel design proposal to minimize reflections in deep-ridge multimode interference couplers," IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 12, 1662-1664 (2000).
[CrossRef]

1999 (2)

J. M. Heaton and R. M. Jenkins, "General matrix theory of self-imaging in Multimode Interference (MMI) couplers," IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 11, 212-214 (1999).
[CrossRef]

M. Rajarajan, B. M. A. Rahman, and K. T. V. Grattan, "A rigorous comparison of the performance of directional couplers with multimode interference devices," J. Lightwave Technol. 17, 243-248 (1999).
[CrossRef]

1997 (1)

E. R. Thoen, L. A. Molter, and J. P. Donnelly, "Exact modal analysis and optimization of N×N×1 cascaded waveguide structures with multimode guiding sections," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 33, 1299-1307 (1997).
[CrossRef]

1996 (2)

M. Rajarajan, B. M. A. Rahman, T. Wongcharoen, and K. T. V. Grattan, "Accurate analysis of MMI devices with two-dimensional confinement," J. Lightwave Technol. 14, 2078-2084 (1996).
[CrossRef]

K.-C. Lin and W.-Y. Lee, "Guided-wave 1.3/1.55μm wavelength division multiplexer based on multimode interference," Electron. Lett. 32, 1259-1261 (1996).
[CrossRef]

1995 (1)

L. B. Soldano and E. C. M. Pennings, "Optical multi-mode interference devices based on self-imaging: principles and applications," J. Lightwave Technol. 13, 615-627 (1995).
[CrossRef]

1994 (1)

1992 (1)

J. M. Heaton, R. M. Jenkins, D. R. Wight, J. T. Parker, J. C. H. Birbeck, and K. P. Hilton, "Novel 1-to-N way integrated optical beam splitters using symmetric mode mixing in GaAs/AlGaAs multimode waveguides," Appl. Phys. Lett. 61, 1754-1756 (1992).
[CrossRef]

1983 (1)

M. Belanger, G. L. Yip, and M. Haruna, "Passive planar multibranch optical power divider: Some design considerations," Appl. Opt. 22, 2283-2289 (1983).

1982 (1)

1981 (2)

H. A. Haus and C. G. Fonstad, "Three waveguide couplers for improved sampling and filtering," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 17, 2321-2325 (1981).
[CrossRef]

H. Sasaki, E. Shki, and N. Mikoshiba, "Propagation characteristics of optical guided wave in asymmetric branching waveguides," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 17, 1051-1058 (1981).
[CrossRef]

1979 (1)

O. Mikami and S. Zembutsu, "Coupling-length adjustment for an optical direction coupler as a 2 × 2 switch," Appl. Phys. Lett. 35, 38-40 (1979).
[CrossRef]

1973 (1)

O. Bryngdahl, "Image formation using self-imaging techniques," J. Opt. Soc. Amer. 63, 416-419 (1973).

Bachmann, M.

Baets, R.

Belanger, M.

M. Belanger, G. L. Yip, and M. Haruna, "Passive planar multibranch optical power divider: Some design considerations," Appl. Opt. 22, 2283-2289 (1983).

Besse, P. A.

Birbeck, J. C. H.

J. M. Heaton, R. M. Jenkins, D. R. Wight, J. T. Parker, J. C. H. Birbeck, and K. P. Hilton, "Novel 1-to-N way integrated optical beam splitters using symmetric mode mixing in GaAs/AlGaAs multimode waveguides," Appl. Phys. Lett. 61, 1754-1756 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Bryngdahl, O.

O. Bryngdahl, "Image formation using self-imaging techniques," J. Opt. Soc. Amer. 63, 416-419 (1973).

Dagens, B.

Y. Gottesman, E. V. K. Rao, and B. Dagens, "A novel design proposal to minimize reflections in deep-ridge multimode interference couplers," IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 12, 1662-1664 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Donnelly, J. P.

E. R. Thoen, L. A. Molter, and J. P. Donnelly, "Exact modal analysis and optimization of N×N×1 cascaded waveguide structures with multimode guiding sections," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 33, 1299-1307 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Fonstad, C. G.

H. A. Haus and C. G. Fonstad, "Three waveguide couplers for improved sampling and filtering," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 17, 2321-2325 (1981).
[CrossRef]

Gottesman, Y.

Y. Gottesman, E. V. K. Rao, and B. Dagens, "A novel design proposal to minimize reflections in deep-ridge multimode interference couplers," IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 12, 1662-1664 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Grattan, K. T. V.

M. Rajarajan, B. M. A. Rahman, and K. T. V. Grattan, "A rigorous comparison of the performance of directional couplers with multimode interference devices," J. Lightwave Technol. 17, 243-248 (1999).
[CrossRef]

M. Rajarajan, B. M. A. Rahman, T. Wongcharoen, and K. T. V. Grattan, "Accurate analysis of MMI devices with two-dimensional confinement," J. Lightwave Technol. 14, 2078-2084 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Haruna, M.

M. Belanger, G. L. Yip, and M. Haruna, "Passive planar multibranch optical power divider: Some design considerations," Appl. Opt. 22, 2283-2289 (1983).

Haus, H. A.

H. A. Haus and C. G. Fonstad, "Three waveguide couplers for improved sampling and filtering," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 17, 2321-2325 (1981).
[CrossRef]

Heaton, J. M.

J. M. Heaton and R. M. Jenkins, "General matrix theory of self-imaging in Multimode Interference (MMI) couplers," IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 11, 212-214 (1999).
[CrossRef]

J. M. Heaton, R. M. Jenkins, D. R. Wight, J. T. Parker, J. C. H. Birbeck, and K. P. Hilton, "Novel 1-to-N way integrated optical beam splitters using symmetric mode mixing in GaAs/AlGaAs multimode waveguides," Appl. Phys. Lett. 61, 1754-1756 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Hilton, K. P.

J. M. Heaton, R. M. Jenkins, D. R. Wight, J. T. Parker, J. C. H. Birbeck, and K. P. Hilton, "Novel 1-to-N way integrated optical beam splitters using symmetric mode mixing in GaAs/AlGaAs multimode waveguides," Appl. Phys. Lett. 61, 1754-1756 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Ho, S. T.

Y. Ma, S. Park, L. Wang, and S. T. Ho, "Ultracompact multimode interference 3-dB coupler with strong lateral confinement by deep dry etching," IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 12, 492-494 (2000).

Inayoshi, H.

Jenkins, R. M.

J. M. Heaton and R. M. Jenkins, "General matrix theory of self-imaging in Multimode Interference (MMI) couplers," IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 11, 212-214 (1999).
[CrossRef]

J. M. Heaton, R. M. Jenkins, D. R. Wight, J. T. Parker, J. C. H. Birbeck, and K. P. Hilton, "Novel 1-to-N way integrated optical beam splitters using symmetric mode mixing in GaAs/AlGaAs multimode waveguides," Appl. Phys. Lett. 61, 1754-1756 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Lagasse, P. E.

Lee, S.-L.

Y.-J. Lin and S.-L. Lee, "InP-based 1.3/1.55μm wavelength demultiplexer with multimode interference and chirped grating," Opt. and Quantum Electron. 34, 1201-1212 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Lee, W.-Y.

K.-C. Lin and W.-Y. Lee, "Guided-wave 1.3/1.55μm wavelength division multiplexer based on multimode interference," Electron. Lett. 32, 1259-1261 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Lin, K.-C.

K.-C. Lin and W.-Y. Lee, "Guided-wave 1.3/1.55μm wavelength division multiplexer based on multimode interference," Electron. Lett. 32, 1259-1261 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Lin, Y.-J.

Y.-J. Lin and S.-L. Lee, "InP-based 1.3/1.55μm wavelength demultiplexer with multimode interference and chirped grating," Opt. and Quantum Electron. 34, 1201-1212 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Ma, Y.

Y. Ma, S. Park, L. Wang, and S. T. Ho, "Ultracompact multimode interference 3-dB coupler with strong lateral confinement by deep dry etching," IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 12, 492-494 (2000).

Melchior, H.

Mikami, O.

O. Mikami and S. Zembutsu, "Coupling-length adjustment for an optical direction coupler as a 2 × 2 switch," Appl. Phys. Lett. 35, 38-40 (1979).
[CrossRef]

Mikoshiba, N.

H. Sasaki, E. Shki, and N. Mikoshiba, "Propagation characteristics of optical guided wave in asymmetric branching waveguides," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 17, 1051-1058 (1981).
[CrossRef]

Molter, L. A.

E. R. Thoen, L. A. Molter, and J. P. Donnelly, "Exact modal analysis and optimization of N×N×1 cascaded waveguide structures with multimode guiding sections," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 33, 1299-1307 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Morishima, G.

Nagai, S.

Park, S.

Y. Ma, S. Park, L. Wang, and S. T. Ho, "Ultracompact multimode interference 3-dB coupler with strong lateral confinement by deep dry etching," IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 12, 492-494 (2000).

Parker, J. T.

J. M. Heaton, R. M. Jenkins, D. R. Wight, J. T. Parker, J. C. H. Birbeck, and K. P. Hilton, "Novel 1-to-N way integrated optical beam splitters using symmetric mode mixing in GaAs/AlGaAs multimode waveguides," Appl. Phys. Lett. 61, 1754-1756 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Pennings, E. C. M.

L. B. Soldano and E. C. M. Pennings, "Optical multi-mode interference devices based on self-imaging: principles and applications," J. Lightwave Technol. 13, 615-627 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Rahman, B. M. A.

M. Rajarajan, B. M. A. Rahman, and K. T. V. Grattan, "A rigorous comparison of the performance of directional couplers with multimode interference devices," J. Lightwave Technol. 17, 243-248 (1999).
[CrossRef]

M. Rajarajan, B. M. A. Rahman, T. Wongcharoen, and K. T. V. Grattan, "Accurate analysis of MMI devices with two-dimensional confinement," J. Lightwave Technol. 14, 2078-2084 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Rajarajan, M.

M. Rajarajan, B. M. A. Rahman, and K. T. V. Grattan, "A rigorous comparison of the performance of directional couplers with multimode interference devices," J. Lightwave Technol. 17, 243-248 (1999).
[CrossRef]

M. Rajarajan, B. M. A. Rahman, T. Wongcharoen, and K. T. V. Grattan, "Accurate analysis of MMI devices with two-dimensional confinement," J. Lightwave Technol. 14, 2078-2084 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Rao, E. V. K.

Y. Gottesman, E. V. K. Rao, and B. Dagens, "A novel design proposal to minimize reflections in deep-ridge multimode interference couplers," IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 12, 1662-1664 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Sasaki, H.

H. Sasaki, E. Shki, and N. Mikoshiba, "Propagation characteristics of optical guided wave in asymmetric branching waveguides," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 17, 1051-1058 (1981).
[CrossRef]

Shki, E.

H. Sasaki, E. Shki, and N. Mikoshiba, "Propagation characteristics of optical guided wave in asymmetric branching waveguides," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 17, 1051-1058 (1981).
[CrossRef]

Soldano, L. B.

L. B. Soldano and E. C. M. Pennings, "Optical multi-mode interference devices based on self-imaging: principles and applications," J. Lightwave Technol. 13, 615-627 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Thoen, E. R.

E. R. Thoen, L. A. Molter, and J. P. Donnelly, "Exact modal analysis and optimization of N×N×1 cascaded waveguide structures with multimode guiding sections," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 33, 1299-1307 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Utaka, K.

Wang, L.

Y. Ma, S. Park, L. Wang, and S. T. Ho, "Ultracompact multimode interference 3-dB coupler with strong lateral confinement by deep dry etching," IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 12, 492-494 (2000).

Wight, D. R.

J. M. Heaton, R. M. Jenkins, D. R. Wight, J. T. Parker, J. C. H. Birbeck, and K. P. Hilton, "Novel 1-to-N way integrated optical beam splitters using symmetric mode mixing in GaAs/AlGaAs multimode waveguides," Appl. Phys. Lett. 61, 1754-1756 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Wongcharoen, T.

M. Rajarajan, B. M. A. Rahman, T. Wongcharoen, and K. T. V. Grattan, "Accurate analysis of MMI devices with two-dimensional confinement," J. Lightwave Technol. 14, 2078-2084 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Yip, G. L.

M. Belanger, G. L. Yip, and M. Haruna, "Passive planar multibranch optical power divider: Some design considerations," Appl. Opt. 22, 2283-2289 (1983).

Zembutsu, S.

O. Mikami and S. Zembutsu, "Coupling-length adjustment for an optical direction coupler as a 2 × 2 switch," Appl. Phys. Lett. 35, 38-40 (1979).
[CrossRef]

Appl. Opt. (3)

Appl. Phys. Lett. (2)

O. Mikami and S. Zembutsu, "Coupling-length adjustment for an optical direction coupler as a 2 × 2 switch," Appl. Phys. Lett. 35, 38-40 (1979).
[CrossRef]

J. M. Heaton, R. M. Jenkins, D. R. Wight, J. T. Parker, J. C. H. Birbeck, and K. P. Hilton, "Novel 1-to-N way integrated optical beam splitters using symmetric mode mixing in GaAs/AlGaAs multimode waveguides," Appl. Phys. Lett. 61, 1754-1756 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Electron. Lett. (1)

K.-C. Lin and W.-Y. Lee, "Guided-wave 1.3/1.55μm wavelength division multiplexer based on multimode interference," Electron. Lett. 32, 1259-1261 (1996).
[CrossRef]

IEEE J. Quantum Electron. (3)

H. Sasaki, E. Shki, and N. Mikoshiba, "Propagation characteristics of optical guided wave in asymmetric branching waveguides," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 17, 1051-1058 (1981).
[CrossRef]

H. A. Haus and C. G. Fonstad, "Three waveguide couplers for improved sampling and filtering," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 17, 2321-2325 (1981).
[CrossRef]

E. R. Thoen, L. A. Molter, and J. P. Donnelly, "Exact modal analysis and optimization of N×N×1 cascaded waveguide structures with multimode guiding sections," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 33, 1299-1307 (1997).
[CrossRef]

IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. (3)

J. M. Heaton and R. M. Jenkins, "General matrix theory of self-imaging in Multimode Interference (MMI) couplers," IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 11, 212-214 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Y. Ma, S. Park, L. Wang, and S. T. Ho, "Ultracompact multimode interference 3-dB coupler with strong lateral confinement by deep dry etching," IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 12, 492-494 (2000).

Y. Gottesman, E. V. K. Rao, and B. Dagens, "A novel design proposal to minimize reflections in deep-ridge multimode interference couplers," IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 12, 1662-1664 (2000).
[CrossRef]

J. Lightwave Technol. (4)

L. B. Soldano and E. C. M. Pennings, "Optical multi-mode interference devices based on self-imaging: principles and applications," J. Lightwave Technol. 13, 615-627 (1995).
[CrossRef]

M. Rajarajan, B. M. A. Rahman, T. Wongcharoen, and K. T. V. Grattan, "Accurate analysis of MMI devices with two-dimensional confinement," J. Lightwave Technol. 14, 2078-2084 (1996).
[CrossRef]

M. Rajarajan, B. M. A. Rahman, and K. T. V. Grattan, "A rigorous comparison of the performance of directional couplers with multimode interference devices," J. Lightwave Technol. 17, 243-248 (1999).
[CrossRef]

S. Nagai, G. Morishima, H. Inayoshi, and K. Utaka, "Multimode interference photonic switches (MIPS)," J. Lightwave Technol. 20, 675-681 (2002).
[CrossRef]

J. Opt. Soc. Amer. (1)

O. Bryngdahl, "Image formation using self-imaging techniques," J. Opt. Soc. Amer. 63, 416-419 (1973).

Opt. and Quantum Electron. (1)

Y.-J. Lin and S.-L. Lee, "InP-based 1.3/1.55μm wavelength demultiplexer with multimode interference and chirped grating," Opt. and Quantum Electron. 34, 1201-1212 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Other (2)

J. Z. Huang, R. Scarmozzio, G. Nagy, M. J. Steel, R. M. Osgood, and Jr., "Realization of a compact and single-mode optical passive polarization converter," IEEE Photonics Technol. Lett. 12, 317-319 (2000).

M. Haruna and J. Koyama, "Electro-optic branching waveguide-switch and the application to 1 × 4 optical switching network," J. Lightwave Technol. 1, 233-247 (1983).

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