Feedback Control for Microring weight banks

Alexander N. Tait, Hasitha Jayatilleka, Thomas Ferreira De Lima, Philip Y. Ma, Mitchell A. Nahmias, Bhavin J. Shastri, Sudip Shekhar, Lukas Chrostowski, Paul R. Prucnal

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Microring weight banks present novel opportunities for reconfigurable, highperformance analog signal processing in photonics. Controlling microring filter response is a challenge due to fabrication variations and thermal sensitivity. Prior work showed continuous weight control of multiple wavelength-division multiplexed signals in a bank of microrings based on calibration and feedforward control. Other prior work has shown resonance locking based on feedback control by monitoring photoabsorption-induced changes in resistance across in-ring photoconductive heaters. In this work, we demonstrate continuous, multi-channel control of a microring weight bank with an effective 5.1 bits of accuracy on 2Gbps signals. Unlike resonance locking, the approach relies on an estimate of filter transmission versus photo-induced resistance changes. We introduce an estimate still capable of providing 4.2 bits of accuracy without any direct transmission measurements. Furthermore, we present a detailed characterization of this response for different values of carrier wavelength offset and power. Feedback weight control renders tractable the weight control problem in reconfigurable analog photonic networks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)26422-26443
Number of pages22
JournalOptics Express
Issue number20
StatePublished - Oct 1 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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