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Silicon chip-scale space-division multiplexing: from devices to system

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Space-division multiplexing (SDM) technique has attracted increasing attentions recently, because it provides an effective way to increase transmission capacity. With the continuous and exponential increase in data demands, high-density integration of silicon photonic components is of significant interest in terms of link price, performance and power consumption. The multimode/mutlicore devices applied to achieve diverse functionalities are key building blocks to construct a chip-scale SDM system based on a silicon on insulator (SOI) platform. This study reviews the recent progress of multimode/multicore devices, which enable coupling, multiplexing/demultiplexing, transmitting switching, as well as modulation and detection. Based on these devices, a complete on-chip SDM system is constructed and discussed.

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This work was supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 61275072, 61475050, 61775073), New Century Excellent Talent Project in Ministry of Education of China (Grant No. NCET-13-0240), and Director fund of WNLO and Nature Science Foundation of Hubei Province, China (Grant No. 2016CFB416).

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Yu, Y., Sun, C. & Zhang, X. Silicon chip-scale space-division multiplexing: from devices to system. Sci. China Inf. Sci. 61, 080403 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11432-017-9449-4

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  • integrated optics devices
  • space-division multiplexing
  • optical switching devices