A compact polarization splitter-rotator based on a silicon-on-insulator rib asymmetrical directional coupler with SiO2 top-cladding is proposed. Unlike previously reported PSRs which specifically required the top-cladding material to be different from the bottom cladding in order to break the symmetry of the waveguide cross-section, our proposed PSR has no such limitation on the top-cladding due to the horizontal asymmetry of the rib waveguide. In addition, the device is highly compact and has a total length as short as 24 μm. Numerical simulation shows that a high conversion efficiency of ~97% is obtained at the wavelength of 1550 nm. With the width variation of ± 15 nm and the gap variation of ± 50 nm, the PSR still has high ER of 12 dB at the cross-port, showing large fabrication tolerance. This device can be cascaded to improve the performance at the through port and an example of a two-stage PSR is presented. The mode conversion between the strip waveguide and the rib waveguide is also discussed.

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Ding, Y.

Dumon, P.

Fan, S.

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Gan, F.

Haus, H. A.

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Ippen, E. P.

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Ling, W.

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Luyssaert, B.

Manolatou, C.

Ou, H.

Pang, A.

Peucheret, C.

Qiu, C.

Sheng, Z.

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Tang, Y.

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Van Thourhout, D.

Villeneuve, P. R.

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Fig. 1
Fig. 1 (a) Schematic of the proposed PSR based on a rib DC. The cross-section of the DC is also presented. (b) Effective indices of the first three modes in a rib waveguide as a function of the waveguide width. Inset: relationship between W1 and W2 when the phase-matching condition is satisfied.
Fig. 2
Fig. 2 Conversion efficiency as a function of (a-b) coupling length (Lc) and (c-d) wavelength. The conversion efficiency below −35 dB is not shown.
Fig. 3
Fig. 3 Mode propagation when the input is (a) the TM0 mode and (b) the TE0 mode. The wavelength is 1550 nm. The PSR has design parameters as follows: W1 = 262 nm, W2 = 500 nm, G = 150 nm, Gout = 1 μm, Lc = 9 μm, Ls = 15μm.
Fig. 4
Fig. 4 Fabrication tolerance analysis for the (a-b) the gap variation ΔG, (c-d) width variation ΔW1 of the narrow waveguide, (e-f) slab height variation and (g-h) variation of the refractive index of the upper-cladding. The conversion efficiency below −35 dB is not shown. The wavelength is 1550 nm.
Fig. 5
Fig. 5 (a) Schematic of the cascaded PSR, which has two DCs with optimal coupling length at 1550 nm and 1600 nm, respectively. (b) The improved conversion efficiency as a function of wavelength. The parameters of this cascaded PSR are shown as follows: W1 = 262 nm, W2 = 500 nm, W3 = 250 nm, G = 150 nm, Gout = 1μm, Lc1 = 11 μm, Lc2 = 7 μm, Ls1 = Ls2 = 15μm.
Fig. 6
Fig. 6 (a) Schematic of the taper between the strip waveguide and the rib waveguide. (b) The transmission as a function of Wside when Ltp = 10 μm. (c) The transmission as a function of wavelength when Wside = 0.3 μm and Ltp = 10 μm.