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Broadband flat-top SOI add–drop filters using apodized sub-wavelength grating contradirectional couplers

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We report on broadband, flat-top, optical add–drop filters using apodized, sub-wavelength grating contradirectional couplers (SWG CDCs) on a silicon-on-insulator platform. In our device, two asymmetric SWG waveguides, having corrugation-apodized Bragg gratings, are used to couple light contradirectionally between the fundamental and next higher-order transverse electric modes of a two-waveguide system. We demonstrate an apodized, SWG CDC that has a flat-top, drop-port response with a 3 dB bandwidth of 32.6 nm, a sidelobe suppression ratio of 19 dB, and a low excess loss of 0.26 dB. We also demonstrate series-cascaded, apodized, SWG CDCs that have square-shaped, drop-port responses with 3 dB bandwidths >30nm, sidelobe suppressions >50dB, and low excess losses <0.85dB.

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