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14 October 2004 Dynamically tunable 1D and 2D photonic bandgap structures for optical interconnect applications
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Optical interconnects have begun replacing electrical wires in long distance, backplane applications. As their switching speed and efficiency improves, optical interconnects will penetrate deeper into the device architecture for inter- and intra-chip communications where direct integration with silicon microelectronics is a necessity. Tunable 1D and 2D silicon-based photonic bandgap (PBG) structures are viable building blocks for optical interconnects because they have the capability to redirect light both in- and out-of-plane. In this work, we report on external modulation of the optical properties of 1D and 2D porous silicon PBG structures infiltrated with liquid crystals. This class of eletrooptic modulators offers an inexpensive and versatile way of integrating optical interconnects with standard microelectronic circuits.
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Mikhail Haurylau, Sharon M. Weiss, and Philippe M. Fauchet "Dynamically tunable 1D and 2D photonic bandgap structures for optical interconnect applications", Proc. SPIE 5511, Tuning the Optical Response of Photonic Bandgap Structures, (14 October 2004);

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