Microring Resonators Based on 6x6 Generalized Multimode Interference Structures using Silicon Waveguides for Photonic Applications

Full Text (PDF, 423KB), PP.53-59

Views: 0 Downloads: 0


Trung-Thanh Le 1,* Cao-Dung Truong 2

1. Faculty of Information Technology, Hanoi University of Natural Resources and Environment, Hanoi, Vietnam

2. School of Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering, Hanoi University of Science and Technology, Hanoi, Vietnam

* Corresponding author.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.5815/ijisa.2012.06.07

Received: 15 Sep. 2011 / Revised: 7 Jan. 2012 / Accepted: 15 Mar. 2012 / Published: 8 Jun. 2012

Index Terms

Integrated optics, microring resonators, multimode interference (MMI) couplers, silicon waveguides


In this paper, we would like to propose a new microring resonator structure based on 6x6 Generalized Mach Zehnder interferometer (GMZI) using silicon waveguides. It is showed that this new kind of the devices works as three separated microring resonators. This characteristic of the device leads to a variety of tasks important to optical communications, including switching, filtering, add-drop multiplexing, sensing and modulation. In our study, silicon waveguides are used for designing the proposed devices. The transfer matrix method (TMM) and the three dimensional beam propagation methods (3D-BPM) are used to optimally design the device.

Cite This Paper

Trung-Thanh Le, Cao-Dung Truong, "Microring Resonators Based on 6x6 Generalized Multimode Interference Structures using Silicon Waveguides for Photonic Applications", International Journal of Intelligent Systems and Applications(IJISA), vol.4, no.6, pp.53-59, 2012. DOI:10.5815/ijisa.2012.06.07


[1]D. G. Rabus, Integrated Ring Resonators – The Compendium: Springer-Verlag, 2007.

[2]Dan-Xia Xu, A. Densmore, P. Waldron, J. Lapointe, E. Post, and A. Delâge, "High bandwidth SOI photonic wire ring resonators using MMI coupler," Optics Express, vol. 15, pp. 3149-3155, 2007 

[3]F. Xia, L. Sekaric, and Y. A. Vlasov, "Mode conversion losses in silicon-on-insulator photonic wire based racetrack resonators," Optics Express, vol. 14, pp. 3872-3886, 2006 

[4]T. T. Le and L. W. Cahill, "The modeling of MMI structures for signal processing applications," Integrated Optics: Devices, Materials, and Technologies XII. Edited by Greiner, Christoph M.; Waechter, Christoph A. Proceedings of the SPIE, vol. 6896, pp. 68961G-68961G-7, 03/2008.

[5]T.-T. Le and L. Cahill, "Microresonators based on 3x3 restricted interference MMI couplers on an SOI platform," presented at IEEE LEOS Annual Meeting Conference Proceedings (LEOS 2009), Belek-Antalya, Turkey, 4-8 Oct. 2009.

[6]W. Green, R. Lee, and G. D. e. al., "Hybrid InGaAsP-InP Mach-Zehnder Racetrack Resonator for Thermooptic Switching and Coupling Control," Optics Express, vol. 13, pp. 1651-1659, 2005.

[7]A. Yariv, "Critical coupling and its control in optical waveguide-ring resonator systems," IEEE Photonics Technology Letters, vol. 14, pp. 483-485, 2002.

[8]M. Bachmann, P. A. Besse, and H. Melchior, "General self-imaging properties in N x N multimode interference couplers including phase relations," Applied Optics, vol. 33, pp. 3905-, 1994.

[9]L. T. Thanh and L. Cahill, "The Design of 4×4 Multimode Interference Coupler Based Microring Resonators on an SOI Platform," Journal of Telecommunications and Information Technology, Poland, pp. 98-102, 2/2009.

[10]W. P. Huang, C. L. Xu, W. Lui, and K. Yokoyama, "The perfectly matched layer (PML) boundary condition for the beam propagation method," IEEE Photonics Technology Letters, vol. 8, pp. 649 - 651, 1996.

[11]D. Dai and S. He, "Design of an ultrashort Si-nanowaveguide-based multimode interference coupler of arbitrary shape," Applied Optics, vol. 47, pp. 38-44, 2008.

[12]T.-T. Le, Multimode Interference Structures for Photonic Signal Processing: Modeling and Design: Lambert Academic Publishing, Germany, 2010.

[13]D.-S. Park, J.-H. Kim, B.-H. O, S.-G. Park, E.-H. Lee, and S. G. Lee, "Optical Triplexer Based on a Photonic Crystal Structure with Position-Tuned Point Defects," Journal of the Korean Physical Society, vol. 54, pp. 2269-2273, June 2009.