A silicon microring optical 2 × 2 switch exploiting orbital angular momentum for interconnection networks up to 20 Gbaud

Scaffardi, M. et al. (2017) A silicon microring optical 2 × 2 switch exploiting orbital angular momentum for interconnection networks up to 20 Gbaud. Journal of Lightwave Technology, 35(15), pp. 3142-3148. (doi: 10.1109/JLT.2016.2630271)

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The orbital angular momentum (OAM) of light can be exploited as an additional switching domain together with more traditional switching domains as wavelength, space, and time to implement multilayer interconnection networks with high capacity, low power consumption, and fast reconfiguration time. In this study, we propose a two-layer optical interconnection network exploiting OAM and wavelength as switching domains. The key component of the interconnection network is the OAM-based switching element, here implemented on a silicon-on-insulator chip exploiting microrings. This implementation allows fast tuning (down to nanosecond range) and low power consumption (a few tens of milliwatt per microring). We report the first implementation of an OAM-based 2 × 2 switch exploiting a dual-grating microring. The measurements are taken for OOK and 16QAM input signals modulated up to 35 Gbaud. A bit error rate below the forward error correction threshold is demonstrated up to 20 Gbaud for all the switching scenarios, with power penalty < 1 dB with respect to the back-to-back. A characterization of the integrated microring is carried out also in terms of beam divergence for different radii and emitted OAM orders. The characterization has brought to an empirical model, which can aid the microring design in order to optimize the collimation of the OAM beams through the interconnection network.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This work was done within the Project ROAMRevolutionizing Optical Fiber Transmission and Networking Using the Orbital Angular Momentum of Light (Call ID: H2020-ICT-2014-1; topic: ICT-06-2014; funding scheme: RIA; contract number: 645361) and supported in part by the Project MINOS (FIRB-RBFR12N2T9).
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Klitis, Dr Charalambos and Sorel, Professor Marc and Zhang, Dr Ning and Meriggi, Miss Laura
Authors: Scaffardi, M., Malik, M. N., Lazzeri, E., Meloni, G., Fresi, F., Poti, L., Andriolli, N., Cerutti, I., Klitis, C., Meriggi, L., Zhang, N., Sorel, M., and Bogoni, A.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Electronics and Nanoscale Engineering
Journal Name:Journal of Lightwave Technology
ISSN (Online):1558-2213
Published Online:15 November 2016
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 IEEE
First Published:First published in Journal of Lightwave Technology 35(15):3142-3148
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.

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