Abstract

We demonstrate, by coherent driving two uncoupled rings in same direction, that the effective photon circulating time in the dual-ring modulator is reduced, with increased modulation quality. The inter-ring detuning-dependent photon dynamics, Q factor, extinction ratio, and optical modulation amplitude of two cascaded silicon ring resonators are studied and compared with that of a single-ring modulator. Experimentally measured eye diagrams, together with coupled mode theory simulations, demonstrate the enhancement of the dual-ring configuration at 20 Gbps with a Q20,000.

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