Abstract

We present an on-chip filter that is based on the grating-assisted contra-directional coupler (GACDC) implemented on a silicon nitride rib waveguide platform. This filter enjoys the benefit of an unlimited free spectral range (FSR) on the red side of the stop/passband. Unlike a Bragg reflector, the GACDC filter has the advantage of coupling the rejected light contra-directionally into a bus waveguide, instead of reflecting it back to the input. This property makes it an add/drop filter suitable for pump rejection and allows effective cascading to provide an even higher extinction ratio compared to the single-stage version. In this Letter, we experimentally demonstrate that a 16-stage cascaded GACDC filter can provide a stop band with a bandwidth smaller than 3 nm and an extinction ratio as high as 68.5 dB.

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