Abstract

We present a low-loss and small-footprint polarization rotator based on mode evolution. The polarization rotator is composed of an asymmetric-rib waveguide and a tapered waveguide, both of which consist only of a silicon core and a silica cladding. The rotator is fabricated under the same design rules as other device blocks, such as rib-waveguide phase shifters for photonic integration. The polarization rotator is fabricated using CMOS-based processes and provides polarization rotations with an on-chip insertion loss lower than 0.5 dB from transverse-electric (TE) to transverse-magnetic (TM) polarization and a loss lower than 1.0 dB from the TM to TE polarization in a 200 nm wavelength range extending over C and L bands.

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