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Design of Power-Splitter With Selectable Splitting-Ratio Using Angled and Cascaded MMI-Coupler

Jiang, W. & Rahman, B. M. ORCID: 0000-0001-6384-0961 (2018). Design of Power-Splitter With Selectable Splitting-Ratio Using Angled and Cascaded MMI-Coupler. IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics, 54(6), pp. 1-9. doi: 10.1109/jqe.2018.2874087


A concept of power splitter with selectable splitting-ratios is proposed based on two multimode interference (MMI) sections connected by a phase-shifting region, in which phase-matching conditions can be fulfilled by using a simple angled section or alternatively using matched phase-shifters. The design example of an asymmetrical splitter (10 : 90) is optimized by using the transfer matrix method and three-dimensional full-vectorial beam propagation method. The numerical results reveal that a simple 1.2° angled section can yield a 10 : 90 splitter with an insertion loss of 0.74 dB and a total length of 192 μm. It is also shown that, for the cascaded MMI couplers based splitter, a more compact length of 58 μm with a lower insertion loss of 0.41 dB can be achieved. The fabrication tolerances are also investigated for the proposed asymmetrical power splitter.

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Publisher Keywords: Phase shifters, Couplers, Transmission line matrix methods, Electrooptical waveguides, Frequency conversion, Fabrication, Silicon photonics, power splitter, multimode interference
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Engineering
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