In the last few decades, increasing research effort has focused on the design of telecommunication payload systems with advanced features and lower costs in space applications. In this context, photonic solutions have already proven the potential to achieve additional functionalities, such as multiplexing or switching of RF or microwave signals, with consequent additional benefits in terms of size and mass reduction. In this paper, we report on the design of a 2 2 switching cell based on a thermo-optic interferometric configuration, whose key element is a sub-wavelength grating. We have theoretically demonstrated a broadband operation, with better performance in terms of operating wavelength range and compactness with respect to the existing interferometric cells. The switching cell shows a worst extinction ratio of about 13 dB, insertion loss of less than 2 dB, crosstalk of 12 dB, over a bandwidth of 150 nm, within a footprint as small as 240 µm 9 µm. To demonstrate its potential use as a routing fabric in flexible telecommunication satellite payloads, as an example, the designed switching cell has been used as a building block of an 8 8 dilated Banyan matrix, where large bandwidth (150 nm), low crosstalk (-38 dB), small footprint (≈1620 µm 576 µm) and relatively low power consumption (276 mW) have been achieved.

Design of a large bandwidth 2 × 2 interferometric switching cell based on a sub-wavelength grating

Giuseppe Brunetti;Giovanna Marocco;Alessandro Di Benedetto;Agostino Giorgio;Mario Nicola Armenise;Caterina Ciminelli
2021-01-01

Abstract

In the last few decades, increasing research effort has focused on the design of telecommunication payload systems with advanced features and lower costs in space applications. In this context, photonic solutions have already proven the potential to achieve additional functionalities, such as multiplexing or switching of RF or microwave signals, with consequent additional benefits in terms of size and mass reduction. In this paper, we report on the design of a 2 2 switching cell based on a thermo-optic interferometric configuration, whose key element is a sub-wavelength grating. We have theoretically demonstrated a broadband operation, with better performance in terms of operating wavelength range and compactness with respect to the existing interferometric cells. The switching cell shows a worst extinction ratio of about 13 dB, insertion loss of less than 2 dB, crosstalk of 12 dB, over a bandwidth of 150 nm, within a footprint as small as 240 µm 9 µm. To demonstrate its potential use as a routing fabric in flexible telecommunication satellite payloads, as an example, the designed switching cell has been used as a building block of an 8 8 dilated Banyan matrix, where large bandwidth (150 nm), low crosstalk (-38 dB), small footprint (≈1620 µm 576 µm) and relatively low power consumption (276 mW) have been achieved.
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