Abstract

We present the design and experimental demonstration of a compact tunable silicon photonic interleaver with a wide spectral range. The interleaver consists of an interfering loop containing a Fabry–Perot cavity formed by two Sagnac loops. The transmission coefficients of the directional couplers are calculated based on the maximally flat criterion. The impacts of the transmission coefficient variations on the extinction ratio and filter sharpness are investigated. The wavelength dependences of the directional couplers are analyzed to increase the spectral range of the interleaver. The device was fabricated on a silicon-on-insulator platform. The spectral ranges of the measured transmission and reflection spectra are increased to 60 nm. By thermal tuning the waveguide connecting the two Sagnac loops, the central wavelength can be shifted over one free spectral range with a wavelength-tuning efficiency of ∼0.08 nm/mW.

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