We present a detailed description of an improved arrayed-waveguide-grating (AWG) layout for both, low and high diffraction orders. The novel layout presents identical bends across the entire array; in this way systematic phase errors arising from different bends that are inherent to conventional AWG designs are completely eliminated. In addition, for high-order AWGs our design results in more than 50% reduction of the occupied area on the wafer. We present an experimental characterization of a low-order device fabricated according to this geometry. The device has a resolution of 5.5 nm, low intrinsic losses (< 2 dB) in the wavelength region of interest for the application, and is polarization insensitive over a wide spectral range of 215 nm.
- IOMS-PIT: PHOTONICS INTEGRATION TECHNOLOGY
- Wavelength filtering devices
- Arrayed waveguide gratings
Ismail, N., Sun, F., Sengo, G., Wörhoff, K., Driessen, A., de Ridder, R. M., & Pollnau, M. (2011). Improved arrayed-waveguide-grating layout avoiding systematic phase errors. Optics express, 19(9), 8781-8794. https://doi.org/10.1364/OE.19.008781