Tunable optical add/drop multiplexers (OADM's) were achieved by combining thermally tunable planar polymer Bragg gratings with optical circulators. The gratings exhibit better than 45-dB reflection with no detectable out-of-band reflection. Apodization was utilized to achieve strong sidelobe suppression, and symmetric gratings with uniform strength across the core and cladding layers were used to minimize coupling to cladding modes. These OADM's have a high-bandwidth utilization (BWU) factor of 0.92, with a minimum channel spacing of 75 GHz. They are tunable at a rate of -0.256 nm/°C. Tuning over a 20-nm range was demonstrated with a single device.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering