Seventeen-GHz Directional Coupler Optical Modulator

Mark Yu, Anand Gopinath

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The design of our high-speed directional coupler modulators at 0.83 μm used a semi-vectorial finite difference solver to obtain the odd and even mode optical propagation constants in the AlGaAs waveguide structure and a quasistatic finite difference code to obtain the RF characteristics of the electrode structure, which was an asymmetric coplanar waveguide modified capacitance loading. The measured drive voltage of the modulators, for 10–90% response, varied between 22 and 27 V, compared with the theoretical value of 25 V. The 3 dB bandwidth of 17 GHz was obtained for this capacitive-loaded design, with 2500 mm interaction length, and is in good agreement with the predicted result.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2198-2202
Number of pages5
JournalIEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1995

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Manuscript received January 10, 1995; revised May I. 1995. This work was supported in part hy NSF and by ARPA, under a contraci with US Air Force Rome Laboratories. The authors are with the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. MN 55455 USA. IEEE Log Number 94 13706.


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