Plasmonics – a Solution for Ultra-Compact High-Speed Photonics?

Konferenz: Photonische Netze - 17. ITG-Fachtagung
12.05.2016 - 13.05.2016 in Leipzig, Deutschland

Tagungsband: ITG-Fb. 264: Photonische Netze

Seiten: 5Sprache: EnglischTyp: PDF

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Haffner, C.; Heni, W.; Fedoryshyn, Y.; Baeuerle, B.; Josten, A.; Hoessbacher, C.; Salamin, Y.; Leuthold, J. (Institute of Electromagnetic Fields (IEF), ETH Zurich, 8092 Zurich, Switzerland)

Plasmonic organic hybrid (POH) modulators have emerged as potential candidates for ultra-compact and high-speed photonic integrated circuits. In this review we discuss the most compact modulators of this platform starting with the plasmonic phase modulators (PPMs), followed by the all-plasmonic Mach-Zehnder Modulators (MZM) and concluding with the plasmonic IQ-modulator. These POH modulators combine unique properties such as compactness (<20 micrometer2), broadband electrical frequency response (> 115 GHz) and low electrical energy consumptions (~25 fJ/bit). These prop-erties enable for the first time the generation of advanced modulation formats such as QPSK and 16 QAM on the µm-scale at symbol rates up to 72 GBd.