Integrated, Ultra-Compact High-Q Silicon Nitride Microresonators for Low-Repetition-Rate Soliton Microcombs
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2022

Multiple applications of relevance in photonics, such as spectrally efficient coherent communications, microwave synthesis or the calibration of astronomical spectrographs, would benefit from soliton microcombs operating at repetition rates <50GHz. However, attaining soliton microcombs with low repetition rates using photonic integration technologies represents a formidable challenge. Expanding the cavity volume results in a drop of intracavity intensity that can only be offset by an encompassing rise in quality factor. In addition, reducing the footprint of the microresonator on an integrated circuit requires race-track designs that typically result into modal coupling losses and disruptions into the dispersion, preventing the generation of the dissipative single soliton state. Here, we report the generation of sub-50GHz soliton microcombs in dispersion-engineered silicon nitride microresonators. In contrast to other approaches, the authors' devices feature an optimized racetrack design that minimizes the coupling to higher-order modes and reduces the footprint size by an order of magnitude to approximate to 1mm(2). The statistical intrinsic Q reaches 19 million, and soliton microcombs at 20.5 and 14.0 GHz repetition rates are successfully generated. Importantly, the fabrication process is entirely subtractive, meaning that the devices can be directly patterned on the silicon nitride film.

soliton microcombs


high Q microresonators


Zhichao Ye

Chalmers, Mikroteknologi och nanovetenskap, Fotonik

Fuchuan Lei

Chalmers, Mikroteknologi och nanovetenskap, Fotonik

Krishna Sundar Twayana

Chalmers, Mikroteknologi och nanovetenskap, Fotonik

Marcello Girardi

Chalmers, Mikroteknologi och nanovetenskap, Fotonik

Peter Andrekson

Chalmers, Mikroteknologi och nanovetenskap, Fotonik

Victor Torres Company

Chalmers, Mikroteknologi och nanovetenskap, Fotonik

Laser and Photonics Reviews

1863-8880 (ISSN) 1863-8899 (eISSN)

Vol. 16 3 2100147


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