Impact of phase and amplitude variations in the performance of an InP optical phased array

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Abstract

We present a simulation study of a non-ideal optical phased array (OPA) with 8 channels operating at 1550nm, which has amplitude and phase control. We consider an OPA which suffers from etching lag effect, as well as phase and amplitude variations. The ideal OPA response produces a far field with 7 resolvable spots and -19.6dB diffraction sidelobes suppression ratio (SSR). When considering a random phase variation of ±20% of π rad, the number of resolvable spots remains unchanged and the SSR is <-11dB. Therefore, we conclude that the OPA performance is not significantly degraded for such strong phase variations. Furthermore, we show that typical voltage dependent electro-absorption losses of phase shifters can be tolerated, thereby simplifying architectures for gain control.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIEEE Benelux Chapter Annual Symposium 2021
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 16 Nov 2021
Event25th Annual Symposium of the IEEE Photonics Society Benelux - University Of Mons, Mons, Belgium
Duration: 25 Nov 202126 Nov 2021
Conference number: 25
https://www.aanmelder.nl/ieee-ps-benelux-2021

Conference

Conference25th Annual Symposium of the IEEE Photonics Society Benelux
Country/TerritoryBelgium
CityMons
Period25/11/2126/11/21
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Keywords

  • optical phased array
  • LiDAR
  • indium phosphide

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