Silicon Photonic Polarization Multiplexing Sensor with Both Large Range and High Resolution

Shaojie Yin, Xiaoyan Wang, Zhibin Wang, Sanshui Xiao, Xiaowei Guan*

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Abstract

A silicon photonic polarization multiplexing (PM) sensor featuring both a large range and a high resolution is proposed and experimentally demonstrated. The sensor includes a Fabry–Pérot (FP) resonator and a microring resonator (MRR) functioning as the sensing parts. With PM technology, the FP resonator only works on the transverse-electric mode while the MRR only on the transverse-magnetic mode. Thus, the proposed sensor can simultaneously achieve a large range with a short FP resonator and a high resolution with a high-Q MRR. Measured results show a range of 113 °C and a resolution of 0.06 °C for temperature sensing, and a range of 0.58 RIU (refractive index unit) with the resolution of 0.002 RIU for analyte refractive index sensing.
Original languageEnglish
Article number5870
JournalSensors
Volume20
Issue number20
Number of pages8
ISSN1424-8220
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Keywords

  • Polarization multiplexing
  • Silicon photonic sensor
  • Fabry–Pérot resonator
  • Microring resonator
  • Large range
  • High resolution

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