Design and performance of low-power, high-speed, polarization-independent and wideband polymer buried-channel waveguide thermo-optic switches

Nan Xie, Takafumi Hashimoto, Katsuyuki Utaka

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This paper analytically and experimentally investigates and compares the characteristics of two kinds of polymer buried-channel waveguide thermo-optic switches such as 1) a multimode interference (MMI) switch using a single MMI coupler and 2) a Mach-Zehnder interferometer (MZI) switch. Especially, the MZI switch experimentally exhibited low-power consumption of 3.5 mW, high-speed with a response time of less than 200 μs, polarization independence as well as in a wideband of about 80 nm. These low-power consumption, relatively high-speed, and polarization-independent switching characteristics are almost coincident with the designed ones. Furthermore, an improved MZI structure is proposed for lower switching power consumption, and it is expected below 0.5 mW with an enhanced thermal localization structure.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6848781
Pages (from-to)3067-3073
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Lightwave Technology
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Sep 1



  • Mach-Zehnder interferometer
  • multi-mode interference
  • optical polymers
  • optical switches
  • thermo-optic effects

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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