Benchmarking System-Level Performance of Passive and Active Plasmonic Components: Integrated Circuit Approach

Alexey V. Krasavin, Anatoly V. Zayats
2016 Proceedings of the IEEE  
Using criteria of bandwidth and energy consumption for signal guiding and processing, system-level figures of merit for both passive and active plasmonic circuit components are introduced, benchmarking their performance for the realisation of high-bandwidth optical data communication on a chip. The figure of merit for passive plasmonic interconnects has been derived in terms of the system level performance of the plasmonic circuitry, emphasising the bandwidth and power consumption densities.
more » ... se parameters are linked to the 'local' waveguide characteristics, such as the mode propagation length, bend radius and mode size. The figure of merit enables a comparison of the main types of plasmonic waveguides and can serve as a benchmark for future designs of photonic integrated circuits. A figure of merit for active photonicor plasmonic-based electro-optical, thermo-optical and all-optical modulators is also derived to reflect the same benchmarking principles. A particular emphasis is made on establishing a practically oriented benchmark where the integral performance of the circuit, not the size or energy consumption of individual components, plays the defining role.
doi:10.1109/jproc.2016.2603118 fatcat:pfdvogtv3vhvbkrbqu46ipwdei