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Topology-Optimized Ultracompact All-Optical Logic Devices on Silicon Photonic Platforms

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posted on 14.01.2022, 21:29 by Lu He, Furong Zhang, Huizhen Zhang, Ling-Jun Kong, Weixuan Zhang, Xingsheng Xu, Xiangdong Zhang
The realization of all-optical integration and optical computing has always been our goal. One of the most significant challenges is to make integrated all-optical logic devices as small as possible. Here, we report the implementation of ultracompact all-optical logic devices and integrated chips on silicon photonic platforms by topology optimization. The footprint for the fabricated all-optical logic gates with XOR and OR functions is only 1.3 × 1.3 μm2 (∼0.84λ × 0.84λ) that are the smallest all-optical dielectric logic devices ever verified in experiments in the optical communication range. The ultralow loss of the optical signal is also demonstrated experimentally (−0.96 dB). Furthermore, an integrated chip containing seven major logic gates (AND, OR, NOT, NAND, NOR, XOR, and XNOR) and a half adder is fabricated, where the associated footprint is only 1.3 × 4.5 μm2. Our work opens up a new path toward practical all-optical integration and optical computing.