Silicon-on-nitride waveguides for mid- and near-infrared integrated photonics

Khan, Saeed; Chiles, Jeff; Ma, Jichi; Fathpour, Sasan
March 2013
Applied Physics Letters;3/25/2013, Vol. 102 Issue 12, p121104
Academic Journal
Silicon-on-nitride ridge waveguides are demonstrated and characterized at mid- and near-infrared optical wavelengths. Silicon-on-nitride thin films were achieved by bonding a silicon handling die to a silicon-on-insulator die coated with a low-stress silicon nitride layer. Subsequent removal of the silicon-on-insulator substrate results in a thin film of silicon on a nitride bottom cladding, readily available for waveguide fabrication. At the mid-infrared wavelength of 3.39 μm, the fabricated waveguides have a propagation loss of 5.2 ± 0.6 dB/cm and 5.1 ± 0.6 dB/cm for the transverse-electric and transverse-magnetic modes, respectively.


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