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18 June 2004 Modulation of light using Kerr-clad silica waveguide
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A silica waveguide employing an electrooptic Kerr material as a functioning cladding is shown to modulate light at RF frequencies. The modulator uses a Kerr electrooptic material as the functional cladding on a silica waveguide structure. The modulator is designed to operate at 70 C and the electrooptic material has an index of refraction that is less than the silica waveguide at that temperature. Kerr-based materials have a refractive index that varies as the square of the applied voltage. This quadratic relationship is exploited by combining a DC bias voltage with the RF drive signal in order to reduce the drive voltage of the modulator.
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Richard W Ridgway, Steven Risser, David Nippa, and Vincent McGinniss "Modulation of light using Kerr-clad silica waveguide", Proc. SPIE 5351, Organic Photonic Materials and Devices VI, (18 June 2004); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.530773
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