Multilayer 3-D photonics in silicon.

California Univ., Los Angeles
Optics Express (Impact Factor: 3.53). 11/2007; 15(20):12686-91.
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ABSTRACT Three-dimensionally (3-D) integrated photonic structures in multiple layers of silicon are reported. Implantation of oxygen ions into a silicon-on-insulator substrate with a patterned thermal oxide mask, followed by a high temperature anneal, creates photonic structures on 3-D integrated layers of silicon. This process is combined with epitaxial growth to achieve devices on three vertically integrated layers of silicon. As a demonstration vehicle, we report a multistage optical filter that comprises of coupled microdisks on two subsurface silicon layers with bus waveguides on the surface (3rd) layer. The optical filter shows extinction ratios in excess of 14 dB, with excess insertion loss of less than 1 dB.

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