Ultra-high-speed graphene optical modulator design based on tight field confinement in a slot waveguide

Kovacevic, Goran; Phare, Christopher Thomas; Set, Sze Y.; Lipson, Michal; Yamashita, Shinji

We present a design of an ultra-fast in-line graphene optical modulator on a silicon waveguide with a bandwidth exceeding 100 GHz, very small power consumption below 15 fJ/bit, and insertion loss of 1.5 dB. This is achieved by utilizing the transverse-electric-mode silicon slot to tailor the overlap of graphene electrodes, thus significantly reducing the capacitance of the device while maintaining a low insertion loss and using conservative estimates of the graphene resistance. Our design is substantiated by comprehensive finite-element-method simulations and RC circuit characterization, as well as fabrication feasibility discussion.


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October 22, 2018