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Authors: A. Ribeiro, A. Ruocco, L. Van Acker, W. Bogaerts
Title: Demonstration of a4x4-port self-configuring universal linear optical component
Format: International Conference Presentation
Publication date: 11/2016
Journal/Conference/Book: Progress In Electromagnetics Research Symposium (invited)
Editor/Publisher: PIERS, 
Volume(Issue): p.3372-3375
Location: Shanghai, China
DOI: 10.1109/piers.2016.7735319
Citations: 6 ( - last update: 19/5/2024)
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We present our work on reconfigurable, general-purpose linear photonic circuits. Photonic integrated circuits today resemble the very specialized application specific integrated circuits (ASICs) rather than general-purpose CPUs or highly flexible field-programmable gate arrays (FPGA). Reprogrammable optical circuits could dramatically reduce the time to application or prototype a new optical chip. We will discuss the possibilities of such circuits, and present a working implementation of a 4 x 4-port universal linear circuit implemented in silicon photonics. We demonstrate the circuit performing two distinct linear operations by changing the software algorithms that controls the circuit.

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