Demonstration of a 4 × 4-port self-configuring universal linear optical component

A. Ribeiro, A. Ruocco, L. Vanacker, W. Bogaerts
2016 2016 Progress in Electromagnetic Research Symposium (PIERS)  
We present our work on reconfigurable, general-purpose linear photonic circuits. Photonic integrated circuits today resemble the very specialized application specific integrated circuits (ASICs) rather than general-purpose CPUs or highly flexible field-programmable gate arrays (FPGA). Reprogrammable optical circuits could dramatically reduce the time to application or prototype a new optical chip. We will discuss the possibilities of such circuits, and present a working implementation of a 4 ×
more » ... -port universal linear circuit implemented in silicon photonics. We demonstrate the circuit performing two distinct linear operations by changing the software algorithms that controls the circuit.
doi:10.1109/piers.2016.7735319 fatcat:f36xk66tdvch5egqze4uizpomq