January 01, 2019

107 Gb/s Ultra-High Speed, Surface-Normal Electroabsorption Modulator Devices

  • Adamiecki A.
  • Basavanhally N.
  • Cappuzzo M.
  • Earnshaw M.
  • Fontaine N.
  • Grillanda S.
  • Hu T.
  • Kopf R.
  • Low Y.
  • Neilson D.
  • Raybon G.
  • Safar H.
  • Tate A.

Short reach communication systems, such as datacenters and access networks, exhibit steep capacity growth and require opto-electronic technologies with small size, low complexity and low power consumption. Here, we demonstrate large-scale arrays of reflective surface normal electroabsorption modulators (SNEAMs). With very small active volumes, SNEAMs enable ultra-wide electro-optic bandwidth (>>65 GHz). We show modulation at 25 Gbit/s with 1 Vpp drive voltage on packaged SNEAMs and ultra-high bit-rate modulation at 107 Gbit/s with bare chips. These modulators are polarization-independent and have very low coupling loss of 0.7 dB to single-mode-fiber . We package SNEAM arrays with arrayed waveguide gratings into wavelength division multiplexing transmitters. Due to their broad wavelength range of modulation, SNEAMs do not need power hungry wavelength tuning or locking systems. Future co-integration of SNEAM arrays with low-power electronic driver arrays will enable high-capacity, low-power electro-optic engines.

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