This paper presents an overview of our recent work on several fundamental optical elements and their integration on the silicon-on-insulator (SOI) waveguide platform. Theory, design and experimental results are presented for monolithically integrated asymmetric graded-index waveguide couplers, as well as output couplers based on total internal reflection mirrors. Design strategies for dispersive elements on SOI, for example, ring resonators and arrayed waveguide gratings, are discussed with special emphasis on methods to eliminate the polarization sensitivity. Finally, the properties and applications of evanescent fields in SOI waveguides are reviewed.

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Keywords Birefringence, Integrated optics, Multimode interference couplers, Ring resonators, Silicon photonics, Silicon-on-insulator, Waveguide couplers, Waveguides
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1109/JSTQE.2006.880612
Journal IEEE Journal on Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics
Citation
Janz, S. (Siegfried), Cheben, P. (Pavel), Dalacu, D. (Dan), Delâge, A. (André), Densmore, A. (Adam), Lamontagne, B. (Boris), … Ye, W.N. (2006). Microphotonic elements for integration on the silicon-on-insulator waveguide platform. IEEE Journal on Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics, 12(6), 1402–1414. doi:10.1109/JSTQE.2006.880612