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Strain induced Pockels effect in silicon for electro-optic modulation

Abstract : The strong evolution of silicon photonics towards very low power consumption circuits leads to the development of new strategies for photonic devices, especially for power-hungry components such as optical modulators. One strategy is to use Pockels effect in Si waveguides. However, bulk Si is a centrosymmetric semiconductor, which cannot exhibit any second order optical nonlinearities. Nonetheless, under a strain gradient, generated by depositing a stressed layer on Si waveguides, this restriction vanishes. In our work, we experimentally demonstrated a Pockels effect based electro-optic modulation at high frequency (> 5GHz) using a strained silicon Mach-Zehnder modulator.
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Christian Lafforgue, Mathias Berciano, Lucas Deniel, Guillaume Marcaud, Xavier Le Roux, et al.. Strain induced Pockels effect in silicon for electro-optic modulation. Photonics West, Feb 2020, San Francisco, United States. ⟨10.1117/12.2545682⟩. ⟨hal-02933344⟩



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