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Silicon Micro-ring Resonator Device Design for Optical Interconnect Systems
by Li, Yunchu, Ph.D., University of Southern California, 2013, 110; 3563933
Abstract (Summary)

Optical interconnect systems is one of the most promising solutions to surpass the speed bottleneck of CPU from the electrical interconnects. To realize this idea, one of the key topics is to design compact photonic devices suitable for building the optical interconnects.

The use of silicon microring resonators is an attractive technology for the integrated photonics pursuing optical interconnect applications, highly exciting due to the high integration density, low power consumption, and versatile functionalities. The platform technologies available for silicon microring resonators can be categorized by their structures, functions in optical interconnect systems, etc. Specific designs are in great needed to break off some critical tradeoffs in these silicon microring-based devices performances.

In this dissertation, the design and simulations of silicon microring based photonic devices for optical interconnects are presented. Utilizing the proposed technologies, various types of optical elements such as resonance-switching/coupling-switching OOK modulators, DPSK modulators and filters are designed. The systematic performance is studied as well. The data have shown that, by employing our unique designs critical tradeoffs in the device performance can be successfully broken and great data quality at ultra-high data transmission speed can be obtained.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Dapkus, Daniel P.
Commitee: Kalia, Rajiv, O'Brien, John, Povinelli, Michelle, Zhou, Chongwu
School: University of Southern California
Department: Electrical Engineering
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 74/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Electrical engineering
Keywords: Filter, Integrated optics, Microrings, Modulators, Optical interconnects, Silicon microrings
Publication Number: 3563933
ISBN: 978-1-303-12463-1
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