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Li, H., Bai, Y., Dong, X., Li, E., Li, Y., Liu, Y. & Zhou, W. (2013). Optimal design of an ultrasmall SOI-based 1 x 8 flat-top AWG by using an MMI. The Scientific World Journal, 2013 1-6.


Four methods based on a multimode interference (MMI) structure are optimally designed to flatten the spectral response of silicon-on-insulator- (SOI-) based arrayed-waveguide grating (AWG) applied in a demodulation integration microsystem. In the design for each method, SOI is selected as the material, the beam propagation method is used, and the performances (including the 3 dB passband width, the crosstalk, and the insertion loss) of the flat-top AWG are studied. Moreover, the output spectrum responses of AWGs with or without a flattened structure are compared. The results show that low insertion loss, crosstalk, and a flat and efficient spectral response are simultaneously achieved for each kind of structure. By comparing the four designs, the design that combines a tapered MMI with tapered input/output waveguides, which has not been previously reported, was shown to yield better results than others. The optimized design reduced crosstalk to approximately -21.9 dB and had an insertion loss of -4.36 dB and a 3 dB passband width, that is, approximately 65% of the channel spacing.



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