Optical Peaking Enhancement in High-Speed Ring Modulators

Peaking in Ring Resonators


Ring resonator modulators (RRM) combine extreme compactness, low power consumption and wavelength division multiplexing functionality, making them a frontrunner for addressing the scalability requirements of short distance optical links. To extend data rates beyond the classically assumed bandwidth capability, we derive and experimentally verify closed form equations of the electro-optic response and asymmetric side band generation resulting from inherent transient time dynamics and leverage these to significantly improve device performance. An equivalent circuit description with a commonly used peaking amplifier model allows straightforward assessment of the effect on existing communication system architectures. A small signal analytical expression of peaking in the electro-optic response of RRMs is derived and used to extend the electro-optic bandwidth of the device above 40 GHz as well as to open eye diagrams penalized by intersymbol interference at 32, 40 and 44 Gbps. Predicted peaking and asymmetric side band generation are in excellent agreement with experiments.

J. Müller, F. Merget, S. Sharif Azadeh, J. Hauck, S. Romero García, B. Shen, J. Witzens, “Optical Peaking Enhancement in High-Speed Ring Modulators,” Sci. Rep. 4, Art. 6310 (2014). DOI: 10.1038/srep06310.