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Large Enhancement of Linearity in Electroabsorption Modulator with Composite Quantum-Well Absorption Core
Yong-Duck CHUNG Young-Shik KANG Jiyoun LIM Sung-Bock KIM Jeha KIM
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Electronics
Publication Date: 2005/05/01
Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Joint Special Section on Recent Progress in Optoelectronics and Communications)
Category: Optical Active Devices and Modules
electroabsorption modulator, linear transfer function, composite quantum-well, SFDR,
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We proposed a novel structure that improved the linear characteristics of electroabsorption modulator (EAM) with composite quantum-wells as an absorption core layer. We fabricated three types of EAM's whose active cores were 8 nm thick, 12 nm thick and a composite core with 8 nm thick and 12 nm thick quantum-well (QW), respectively. The transfer functions of EAM's were investigated and their third-order inter-modulation distortion (IMD3) was obtained by calculation. The spurious free dynamic range (SFDR) was measured and compared with three types of QW. The linearity of the device with composite quantum-well showed a large enhancement in SFDR by 9.3 dBHz2/3 in TE mode and 7.0 dBHz2/3 in TM mode compared with the conventional EAM.