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Design of a Compact Low-Loss Phase Shifter Based on Optical Phase Change Material

Dhingra, N., Song, J., Saxena, G. J. , Sharma, E. K. & Rahman, B. M. ORCID: 0000-0001-6384-0961 (2019). Design of a Compact Low-Loss Phase Shifter Based on Optical Phase Change Material. IEEE PHOTONICS TECHNOLOGY LETTERS, 31(21), pp. 1757-1760. doi: 10.1109/lpt.2019.2946187


We propose the design of a nonvolatile,low-lossopticalphase shifter based on optical phase change material(O-PCM).The opticalphase change material Ge2Sb2Se4Te1(GSST), which exhibitslow lossat telecommunication wavelength1.55 μmas compared to other commonly used O-PCMs, is usedin this work as the active material. Instead of direct interaction of the waveguide mode with the O-PCM, the design utilizescouplingbetween the primary SiN strip waveguide andawaveguide formed by O-PCM, in itsamorphous state.Thephase matching in the amorphous state inhibits theinteraction of the waveguide mode withGSST in itshighly lossy crystalline state resulting in low loss operation.Due to a high differential refractive index between the two states of GSST, the design requires a very small length of the phase shifter to accumulate the desired phase difference.The overall response of the Mach-Zehnder Interferometer (MZI) configurationusing the designedphase shiftershows that the design can be used to obtain optical switching with avery small insertion loss and crosstalk over the entire C-band.

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Publisher Keywords: Phase shifters, Optical crosstalk, Optical interferometry, Optical refraction, Optical variables control, Silicon compounds, Phase change materials
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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