Hyperuniform disordered waveguides and devices for near infrared silicon photonics

Milan M. Milošević, Weining Man, Geev Nahal, Paul J. Steinhardt, Salvatore Torquato, Paul M. Chaikin, Timothy Amoah, Bowen Yu, Ruth Ann Mullen, Marian Florescu

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Abstract

We introduce a hyperuniform-disordered platform for the realization of near-infrared photonic devices on a silicon-on-insulator platform, demonstrating the functionality of these structures in a flexible silicon photonics integrated circuit platform unconstrained by crystalline symmetries. The designs proposed advantageously leverage the large, complete, and isotropic photonic band gaps provided by hyperuniform disordered structures. An integrated design for a compact, sub-volt, sub-fJ/bit, hyperuniform-clad, electrically controlled resonant optical modulator suitable for fabrication in the silicon photonics ecosystem is presented along with simulation results. We also report results for passive device elements, including waveguides and resonators, which are seamlessly integrated with conventional silicon-on-insulator strip waveguides and vertical couplers. We show that the hyperuniform-disordered platform enables improved compactness, enhanced energy efficiency, and better temperature stability compared to the silicon photonics devices based on rib and strip waveguides.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number20338
JournalScientific reports
Volume9
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2019

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    Milošević, M. M., Man, W., Nahal, G., Steinhardt, P. J., Torquato, S., Chaikin, P. M., Amoah, T., Yu, B., Mullen, R. A., & Florescu, M. (2019). Hyperuniform disordered waveguides and devices for near infrared silicon photonics. Scientific reports, 9(1), [20338]. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-56692-5