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Design of plasmonic modulators with vanadium dioxide on silicon-on-insulator

M Sun, W Shieh, RR Unnithan

30th Annual Conference of the IEEE Photonics Society, IPC 2017 | Published : 2017

Abstract

We present design of plasmonic modulators using Vanadium Dioxide (VO2) as modulating material realised on silicon on insulator (SOI) wafer with only 200 nmxl40 nm modulating section within 1 umx3 μm device footprint. By utilising the large refractive index contrast between the metallic and semiconductor phases of VO2, the modulator can achieve a broad working wavelength range from 1100 nm to 1800 nm around C-band, with a high modulation depth of 21.5dB/um. We also analyse effects of using seed layer of different dielectric materials for growing VO2 on modulation index by exploring the mixed combination of VO2 and different dielectric materials. Our device geometries can have potential applic..

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