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Self-Configuring and Reconfigurable Silicon Photonic Signal Processor

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posted on 13.02.2020, 12:35 authored by Hailong Zhou, Yuhe Zhao, Xu Wang, Dingshan Gao, Jianji Dong, Xinliang Zhang
Photonic signal processing is essential in the optical communication and optical computing. Numerous photonic signal processors have been proposed, but most of them exhibit limited reconfigurability and automaticity. A feature of fully automatic implementation and intelligent response is highly desirable for the multipurpose photonic signal processors. Here, a self-configuring and fully reconfigurable silicon photonic signal processor is proposed and experimentally demonstrated. The proposed photonic signal processor is capable of performing various functions, including multichannel optical switching, optical multiple-input-multiple-output descrambler, and tunable optical filter. All the functions are achieved by complete self-configuration without knowing the inner structure. Our demonstration suggests great potential for chip-scale fully programmable optical signal processing with the self-configuring ability.