Abstract

An optical modulation mechanism based on dynamically shifting the photonic potential barrier of a photonic crystal waveguide is presented. The modulation mechanism is modeled by the one-dimensional quantum tunneling effect using the Schrödinger equation. The calculation results show that the modulation efficiency is 200 times higher than that of the conventional Mach–Zehnder modulator. Based on this innovative concept, an engineering design of an ultracompact silicon photonic crystal waveguide modulator with 10μm×5μm footprint is presented.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

Full Article  |  PDF Article
OSA Recommended Articles
Large optical spectral range dispersion engineered silicon-based photonic crystal waveguide modulator

Amir Hosseini, Xiaochuan Xu, Harish Subbaraman, Che-Yun Lin, Somayeh Rahimi, and Ray T. Chen
Opt. Express 20(11) 12318-12325 (2012)

Capacitor-embedded 0.54 pJ/bit silicon-slot photonic crystal waveguide modulator

Xiaonan Chen, Yun-Sheng Chen, Yang Zhao, Wei Jiang, and Ray T. Chen
Opt. Lett. 34(5) 602-604 (2009)

Electro-optical modulator in a polymer-infiltrated silicon slotted photonic crystal waveguide heterostructure resonator

Jan Hendrik Wülbern, Alexander Petrov, and Manfred Eich
Opt. Express 17(1) 304-313 (2009)

References

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Citation lists with outbound citation links are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Supplementary Material (6)

» Media 1: JPG (51 KB)     
» Media 2: JPG (53 KB)     
» Media 3: JPG (92 KB)     
» Media 4: JPG (116 KB)     
» Media 5: JPG (130 KB)     
» Media 6: JPG (103 KB)     

Cited By

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Cited by links are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Figures (4)

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Figure files are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Equations (6)

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Equations are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Metrics

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Article level metrics are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription