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Silicon photonic heater-modulator

United States Patent

July 14, 2015
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Photonic modulators, methods of forming photonic modulators and methods of modulating an input optical signal are provided. A photonic modulator includes a disk resonator having a central axis extending along a thickness direction of the disk resonator. The disk resonator includes a modulator portion and a heater portion. The modulator portion extends in an arc around the central axis. A PN junction of the modulator portion is substantially normal to the central axis.
Zortman; William A. (Corrales, NM), Trotter; Douglas Chandler (Albuquerque, NM), Watts; Michael R. (Hingham, MA)
Sandia Corporation (Albuquerque, NM)
13/ 769,082
February 15, 2013
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH This invention was developed under Contract DE-AC04-94AL85000 between Sandia Corporation and the U.S. Department of Energy. The U.S. Government has certain rights in this invention.