Multi-level Optical Signal Generation Using a Segmented-Electrode InP IQ-MZM with Integrated CMOS Binary Drivers

Conference: ECOC 2016 - 42nd European Conference on Optical Communication
09/18/2016 - 09/22/2016 at Düsseldorf, Deutschland

Proceedings: ECOC 2016

Pages: 3Language: englishTyp: PDF

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Vanhoecke, M.; Verheyen, K.; Vaernewyck, R.; Torfs, G.; Yin, X.; Bauwelinck, J. (Department of Information Technology, Ghent University - IMEC - iMinds, Technologiepark Zwijnaarde 15, 9052 Ghent, Belgium)
Argyris, N.; Dris, S.; Apostolopoulos, D.; Avramopoulos, H. (Photonics Communications Research Laboratory - National Technical University of Athens, Iroon Polytechniou 9, 15780 Zografou, Greece)
Aimone, A.; Fiol, G.; Gruner, M.; Kloetzer, R. (Fraunhofer Heinrich-Hertz Institute, Einsteinfuer 37, 10587 Berlin, Germany)
Bosman, E. (CMST, Ghent University - IMEC, Technologiepark Zwijnaarde 15, 9052 Ghent, Belgium)

We present a segmented-electrode InP IQ-MZM, capable of multi-level optical signal generation (5-bit per I/Q arm) by employing direct digital drive from integrated, low-power (1W) CMOS binary drivers. Programmable, multi-level operation is demonstrated experimentally on one MZM of the device.