Abstract

We present a continuously tunable silicon photonics assisted radio frequency (RF) phase shifter using a coupled microring resonator. Using the coupled cavity, we demonstrate a sub-1 dB power penalty for a RF bandwidth of 34.5 GHz (9–43.5 GHz) and a phase shift of $ \pi $ over the reported frequency range. Rigorous optimization of the cavity design using the coupled-mode theory is carried out to realize ultranarrow resonance peaks with a low-extinction ratio and large phase shift. Thermal tuning of the cavity is used to tune the phase while all-optical tuning is exploited to achieve broadband operation. We present a detailed simulation and experimental study of the proposed configuration. The proposed device configuration exhibits a configurable resonance linewidth and extinction ratio that allows for a broad bandwidth and an extremely low power penalty microwave phase shifter. We believe the demonstration would allow better integration of the on-chip functional elements of integrated microwave photonics.

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