Reset-Free Integrated Polarization Controller Using Phase Shifters Academic Article uri icon


  • An endless, reset-free polarization controller implemented with planar lightwave circuits using phase shifters for tuning is proposed and demonstrated. By avoiding the need for tunable polarization mode converters, simple fabrication processes and a large range of material systems can be used, since neither the electrooptic effect nor a rotatable birefringence axis are necessary for device operation. The proof of concept is demonstrated by implementing the equivalent of a rotating waveplate using Ge-doped silica-on-silicon waveguides and thermooptic phase shifters. The polarization controller is shown to have excellent tolerance to fabrication variations. Fast thermooptic control (on the order of 10 kHz) is achieved using high-index-contrast (4%) waveguides. © 2005 IEEE.

altmetric score

  • 6

author list (cited authors)

  • Madsen, C. K., Oswald, P., Cappuzzo, M., Chen, E., Gomez, L., Griffin, A., ... Wong-Foy, A.

citation count

  • 15

publication date

  • April 2005