Application of the TDFA window in true optical time delay systems Journal Articles uri icon

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abstract

  • Recent advances in silicon photonic components operating in the thulium-doped fiber amplifier (TDFA) wavelength regime around 2-┬Ám have shown that these wavelengths hold great promise for on-chip photonic systems. Here we present our work on characterizing a Mach-Zehnder interferometer coupled silicon photonic ring resonator operating in the TDFA window for optical time delay applications. We describe the optical transmission and variable time delay properties of the resonator, including a detailed characterization and comparison of the directional coupler and Mach-Zehnder interferometer base components at both 1930 and 1550 nm wavelengths. The results show tuning of a ring from a 190-ps peak time delay at a resonant extinction ratio of 5.1-dB to a 560-ps peak time delay at an extinction ratio of 11.0-dB, in good agreement with optical models of the device. These results demonstrate significant promise towards the future application of TDFA band devices in optical time delay systems.

publication date

  • August 15, 2022