High-performance reflective arrayed waveguide grating multiplexer/demultiplexer designed for compatibility with silicon integrated circuit processing is described. The grating, folded by a flat reflecting surface, can be printed in a single-exposure field of a photolithographic stepper. Advanced plasma assisted deposition is used to prepare waveguides with very low loss and minimum birefringence. Multiplexers with 40 channels separated by 100 GHz show intrinsic insertion losses of -2.4 dB, channel uniformity less than 0.6 dB, and very low polarization dependent wavelength shift of 0.012 nm.
- Optical planar waveguide components
- Phased arrays
- Silica waveguides
- Waveguide arrays
- Wavelength division multiplexing