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Nanotech 2011 Vol. 2
Nanotech 2011 Vol. 2
Nanotechnology 2011: Electronics, Devices, Fabrication, MEMS, Fluidics and Computational
Chapter 5: MEMS & NEMS Fabrication, Devices & Applications

Design, Fabrication and Characterization of Inverse Adiabatic Fiber-To-Chip Couplers

Authors:M. Araghchini, A. Khilo, C.W. Holzwarth, M.S. Dahlem, H.I. Smith, E.P. Ippen, F.X. Kärtner
Affilation:Massachusetts Institute of Technology, US
Pages:310 - 313
Keywords:integrated optics, couplers, integrated photonics
Abstract:In silicon photonics, light sources are typically located off-chip and connected to the chip with optical fibers. The problem of efficient coupling between the fiber and a submicron waveguide is challenging because the mode areas can differ by up to three orders of magnitude. In this work, we demonstrate that it is possible to use a high index multimode waveguide with its lowest order mode matched to the fiber mode, which increases the range of materials usable for the coupler waveguide significantly. An inverse-taper coupler between a fiber and a SiNx-waveguide overclad with silicon oxide was fabricated. 1dB loss was measured for a 750µm-long device with a low-index multimode waveguide designed to match a 4.0µm fiber.
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