On-chip Spectrometer Formed by a Multi-stage Structure

Weiping Wang (Information Science Academy of China Electronics Technology Group Corporation, Beijing, China, 100086)
Li Jin (No.38 Research Institute of China Electronics Technology Group Corporation)
Shaoyu Zhao (Information Science Academy of China Electronics Technology Group Corporation)
Zhipeng Hu (No.38 Research Institute of China Electronics Technology Group Corporation)
Xiaoyan Hu (Information Science Academy of China Electronics Technology Group Corporation)


With apparent size and weight advantages, on-chip spectrometer could be a good choice for the spectrum analysis application which has been widely used in numerous areas such as optical network performance monitoring, materials analysis and medical research. In order to realize the broadband and the high resolution simultaneously, we propose a new on-chip spectrometer structure, which is a two-stage structure. The coarse wavelength division is realized by the cascaded Mach-Zehnder interferometers, which is the first stage of the spectrometer. The output of the Mach-Zehnder interferometers are further dispersed by the second stage structure, which can be realized either by arrayed waveguide gratings or by digital Fourier transform spectrometer structure. We further implemented the thermo-optic modulation for the arrayed waveguide gratings to achieve a higher spectral resolution. The output channel wavelengths of the spectrometer are modulated by the embedded heater to obtain the first order derivative spectra of the input optical signal to obtain a 2nm resolution. With respect to the computer simulation and device characterization results, the 400nm spectral range and the nanoscale resolution have been demonstrated.


Integrated; Silicon-on-insulator; Broadband; Thermos-optic modulation; Spectrum derivation

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