Design and analysis of ultra-compact EO polymer modulators based on hybrid plasmonic microring resonators

Optics Express (Impact Factor: 3.49). 08/2013; 21(17):20041-20051. DOI: 10.1364/OE.21.020041
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Ultra-compact EO polymer modulators based on hybrid plasmonic microring resonators are proposed, simulated and analyzed. Comparing with Si slot microring modulator, hybrid plasmonic microring modulator shows about 6-times enhancement of the figure of merit when the bending radius is around 510 nm, due to its much larger intrinsic quality factor in sub-micron radius range. Influences of the EO polymer height and Si height on the device's performance are analyzed and optimal design is given. When operating with a bias of 3.6V, the proposed device has optical modulation amplitude of 0.8 and insertion loss of about 1 dB. The estimated power consumption is about 5 fJ/bit at100 GHz.

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