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Title: Control of coherent information via on-chip photonic–phononic emitter–receivers

We report that rapid progress in integrated photonics has fostered numerous chip-scale sensing, computing and signal processing technologies. However, many crucial filtering and signal delay operations are difficult to perform with all-optical devices. Unlike photons propagating at luminal speeds, GHz-acoustic phonons moving at slower velocities allow information to be stored, filtered and delayed over comparatively smaller length-scales with remarkable fidelity. Hence, controllable and efficient coupling between coherent photons and phonons enables new signal processing technologies that greatly enhance the performance and potential impact of integrated photonics. Here we demonstrate a mechanism for coherent information processing based on travelling-wave photon–phonon transduction, which achieves a phonon emit-and-receive process between distinct nanophotonic waveguides. Using this device, physics—which supports GHz frequencies—we create wavelength-insensitive radiofrequency photonic filters with frequency selectivity, narrow-linewidth and high power-handling in silicon. More generally, this emit-receive concept is the impetus for enabling new signal processing schemes.
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  1. Yale Univ., New Haven, CT (United States). Dept. of Applied Physics
  2. Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
  3. Univ. of Texas, Austin, TX (United States). Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
Grant/Contract Number:
AC04-94AL85000; FA8721-05-C-000
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Nature Communications
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 6; Journal ID: ISSN 2041-1723
Nature Publishing Group
Research Org:
Sandia National Laboratories (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA); Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Arlington, VA (United States)
Country of Publication:
United States
72 PHYSICS OF ELEMENTARY PARTICLES AND FIELDS physical sciences; optical physics; applied physics