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Flip-Chip Integration of a GaSb Semiconductor Optical Amplifier with a Silicon Photonic Circuit

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New research paper titled “Hybrid silicon photonics DBR laser based on flip-chip integration of GaSb amplifiers and µm-scale SOI waveguides” by researchers at Tampere University (Finland).

Abstract:
“The development of integrated photonics experiences an unprecedented growth dynamic, owing to accelerated penetration to new applications. This leads to new requirements in terms of functionality, with the most obvious feature being the increased need for wavelength versatility. To this end, we demonstrate for the first time the flip-chip integration of a GaSb semiconductor optical amplifier with a silicon photonic circuit, addressing the transition of photonic integration technology towards mid-IR wavelengths. In particular, an on-chip hybrid DBR laser emitting in the 2 µm region with an output power of 6 mW at room temperature is demonstrated. Wavelength locking was achieved employing a grating realized using 3 µm thick silicon-on-insulator (SOI) technology. The SOI waveguides exhibit strong mode confinement and low losses, as well as excellent mode matching with GaSb optoelectronic chips ensuring low loss coupling. These narrow line-width laser diodes with an on-chip extended cavity can generate a continuous-wave output power of more than 1 mW even when operated at an elevated temperature of 45°C. The demonstration opens an attractive perspective for the on-chip silicon photonics integration of GaSb gain chips, enabling the development of PICs in a broad spectral range extending from 1.8 µm to beyond 3 µm.”

Find the technical paper here.. Published June 2022.

Nouman Zia, Heidi Tuorila, Jukka Viheriälä, Samu-Pekka Ojanen, Eero Koivusalo, Joonas Hilska, and Mircea Guina, “Hybrid silicon photonics DBR laser based on flip-chip integration of GaSb amplifiers and µm-scale SOI waveguides,” Opt. Express 30, 24995-25005 (2022).

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