Geometrical Representation of a Polarisation Management Component on a SOI Platform.


Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna-TeCIP Institute, Via Moruzzi 1, 56124 Pisa, Italy. [Email]


Grating couplers, widely used in Silicon Photonics (SiPho) for fibre-chip coupling are polarisation sensitive components, consequently any polarisation fluctuation from the fibre optical link results in spurious intensity swings. A polarisation management componentis analytically considered, coupled with a geometrical representation based on phasors and Poincaré sphere, generalising and simplifying the treatment and understanding of its functionalities. A specific implementation in SOI is shown both as polarisation compensator and polarisation controller, focusing on the operative principle. Finally, it is demonstrated experimentally that this component can be used as an integrated polarimeter.


Silicon Photonics,integrated polarimeter,off-chip coupling,polarisation controller,polarisation multiplexing,polarisation shift keying,