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Materials 2014, 7(3), 2229-2241; doi:10.3390/ma7032229
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Passive Temperature Stabilization of Silicon Photonic Devices Using Liquid Crystals

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Received: 7 February 2014; in revised form: 1 March 2014 / Accepted: 6 March 2014 / Published: 14 March 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Liquid Crystals)
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Abstract: In this work we explore the negative thermo-optic properties of liquid crystal claddings for passive temperature stabilization of silicon photonic integrated circuits. Photonic circuits are playing an increasing role in communications and computing, but they suffer from temperature dependent performance variation. Most existing techniques aimed at compensation of thermal effects rely on power hungry Joule heating. We show that integrating a liquid crystal cladding helps to minimize the effects of a temperature dependent drift. The advantage of liquid crystals lies in their high negative thermo-optic coefficients in addition to low absorption at the infrared wavelengths.
Keywords: liquid crystals; thermal stabilization; thermo-optic coefficient; silicon photonics; ring resonator; passive tuning liquid crystals; thermal stabilization; thermo-optic coefficient; silicon photonics; ring resonator; passive tuning
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Ptasinski, J.; Khoo, I.-C.; Fainman, Y. Passive Temperature Stabilization of Silicon Photonic Devices Using Liquid Crystals. Materials 2014, 7, 2229-2241.

AMA Style

Ptasinski J, Khoo I-C, Fainman Y. Passive Temperature Stabilization of Silicon Photonic Devices Using Liquid Crystals. Materials. 2014; 7(3):2229-2241.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Ptasinski, Joanna; Khoo, Iam-Choon; Fainman, Yeshaiahu. 2014. "Passive Temperature Stabilization of Silicon Photonic Devices Using Liquid Crystals." Materials 7, no. 3: 2229-2241.


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