On-chip integratable all-optical quantizer using strong cross-phase modulation in a silicon-organic hybrid slot waveguide

Zhe Kang, Jinhui Yuan, Xianting Zhang, Xinzhu Sang, Kuiru Wang, Qiang Wu, Binbin Yan, Feng Li, Xian Zhou, Kangping Zhong, Guiyao Zhou, Chongxiu Yu, Gerald Farrell, Chao Lu, Hwa Yaw Tam, Ping Kong Alexander Wai

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High performance all-optical quantizer based on silicon waveguide is believed to have significant applications in photonic integratable optical communication links, optical interconnection networks, and real-time signal processing systems. In this paper, we propose an integratable all-optical quantizer for on-chip and low power consumption all-optical analog-to-digital converters. The quantization is realized by the strong cross-phase modulation and interference in a silicon-organic hybrid (SOH) slot waveguide based Mach-Zehnder interferometer. By carefully designing the dimension of the SOH waveguide, large nonlinear coefficients up to 16,000 and 18,069 W -1 /m for the pump and probe signals can be obtained respectively, along with a low pulse walk-off parameter of 66.7 fs/mm, and all-normal dispersion in the wavelength regime considered. Simulation results show that the phase shift of the probe signal can reach 8 € at a low pump pulse peak power of 206 mW and propagation length of 5 mm such that a 4-bit all-optical quantizer can be realized. The corresponding signal-to-noise ratio is 23.42 dB and effective number of bit is 3.89-bit.
Original languageEnglish
Article number19528
JournalScientific Reports
Publication statusPublished - 18 Jan 2016

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