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Current Chinese Science


ISSN (Print): 2210-2981
ISSN (Online): 2210-2914

Research Article Section: Electronic and Crystal Structures

Ultrahigh-efficiency Enhanced Four-wave-mixing in Si-Ge-Graphene Photonic Crystal Waveguide

Author(s): Yujun Hou and Chun Jiang*

Volume 1, Issue 3, 2021

Published on: 04 February, 2021

Page: [299 - 305] Pages: 7

DOI: 10.2174/2210298101666210204162631


Background: All-optical processing has a huge superiority in speed and efficiency than traditional optical-electrical-optical signal processing. Four-wave-mixing is an important nonlinear parametric process to achieve all-optical processing.

Objective: We proposed the photonic crystal waveguide to enhance the conversion efficiency of four-wave-mixing significantly in practical application.

Methods: We demonstrated a waveguide composed of silicon with mono-layer graphene-coated as core and Si-Ge distributed periodically on both sides as cladding. By the introduction of the slow light effect of Si-Ge photonic crystal and the localization effect of graphene, the conversion efficiency of four-wave-mixing had enhanced dramatically.

Results: The conversion efficiency can be increased by 16dB compared with a silicon waveguide. The maximum efficiency as high as -9.1dB can be achieved in the Si-Ge-Graphene photonic crystal waveguide (SGG-PhCWG). The propagation loss can be decreased to 0.032dB/cm.

Conclusion: Numerical results of the proposed SGG-PhCWG matched well with nonlinear coupled- mode theory. This configuration offered a new physical mechanism and solution for alloptical signal processing and high-efficiency nonlinear nanoscale devices.

Keywords: Graphene, four-wave-mixing, ultrahigh-efficiency, photonic crystal waveguide, nonlinear, all-optical signalprocessing.

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