Bend-size reduction on the SOI rib waveguide platform

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    The minimum bending radius of optical waveguides is typically the most important parameter that defines the footprintand cost of a photonic integrated circuit. In optical fibers and in planar waveguides with equally large mode fields (~10 μm) the bending radii are typically in the cm-scale. The main advantage of using a high index waveguide core witha thickness below 1 μm is the ability to realise single-mode bends with bending radii of just a few micrometers.In this paper we review the dependence of the minimum bending radius on the size and shape of waveguides with themain emphasis on silicon-on-insulator (SOI) waveguides. Then we present simulation and measurement results fromadvanced waveguide bends and mirrors that have been integrated with 4-10 μm thick single-mode SOI waveguides. We show that multi-step patterning and novel designs allow the reduction of the bending radius by up to three orders ofmagnitude while also reducing the bending losses by approximately one order of magnitude when compared totraditional rib waveguide bends on 4 μm SOI. This allows to use the μm-scale SOI waveguides for making almost as compact photonic integrated circuits as those based on sub-μm SOI waveguides.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationSilicon Photonics VIII
    PublisherInternational Society for Optics and Photonics SPIE
    ISBN (Print)978-0-8194-9398-9
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    EventSPIE Opto - San Francisco, California, United States
    Duration: 2 Feb 20137 Feb 2013

    Publication series

    SeriesProceedings of SPIE


    ConferenceSPIE Opto
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    CitySan Francisco, California


    • Silicon photonics; silicon-on-insulator; SOI waveg


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