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Highly efficient passive InP polarization rotator-splitter

: Keyvaninia, S.; Boerma, H.; Wössner, M.; Ganzer, F.; Runge, P.; Schell, M.

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Optics Express 27 (2019), No.18, pp.25872-25881
ISSN: 1094-4087
Journal Article, Electronic Publication
Fraunhofer HHI ()

Monolithically integrated polarization beam splitters (PBSs) are needed to reduce the form-factor and assembly cost of optical coherent receivers. A highly efficient passive polarization rotator and splitter based on mode-evolution is demonstrated. The device is fabricated on InP substrate with a single etch-step and uses an adiabatic mode-converter and an asymmetric Y-coupler. Despite its simple fabrication process, the device shows a polarization extinction ratio (PER) better than 19 dB over 1520 nm to 1620 nm, thus covering both C- and L-band. The peak value of 24 dB is obtained for TE and TM polarizations. Its fabrication tolerance is large, so that even under a width variation of +/− 200 nm the PER remains above 17 dB over the entire C- and L-band.