LCML - Thermally tunable waveguide | lcml_wg_thermal_1550_2D



This thermally tunable waveguide model is built based on MODE Solutions ans DEVICE simulation results.

Example Test File

thermally_tuned_waveguide.icp (470.6 KB)

User Guide

lcml_wg_thermal_1550_2D (twg)

LCML: thermally tunable waveguide.


Name Type
ele_1 Electrical Signal
ele_2 Electrical Signal
opt_1 Optical Signal
opt_2 Optical Signal


Name Default value Default unit Range
wg_length 200 um*
*std. unit is m
[-1e+106, 1e+106]

Model Development

Parameter extraction
Please refer to the [Thermally Tuned Waveguide] ( page for detailed information on the component level simulations using DEVICE and MODE Solutions. All the files mentioned below can be found in the LCML_resource folder in the download page.

  1. Open the project file thermal_tuning_waveguide_2D.ldev in DEVICE and run with the default settings. The temperature distribution profile will be saved to T.mat.

  2. Open the project file thermal_tuning_waveguide_2D.lms in MODE Solutions and disable the “temperature” object. Run a frequency sweep and export the mode data to `thermal_tuning_waveguide.ldf" for INTERCONNECT.

  3. Run the script file thermal_tuning_waveguide_sweep.lsf. This will extract the effective index changes vs. temperature (input power) and save the data in thermally_tuned_wg_neff_power.dat.

The thermally tunable waveguide has an internal circuit that is very similar to that of the [PN phase shifter] (LCML - Phase shifter based on PN junction | lcml_ps_pn_1550), except that the Optical Modulator Measured element now uses the effective index perturbations as a function of the heating power (thermally_tuned_wg_neff_power.dat). The electrical input is voltage, and assuming the resistance is 50 ohm, the voltage is converted to power through an Electrical Multiplier and an Electrical Constant Multiplier (gain = 0.02).


Download the simulation file thermally_tuned_waveguide.icp from the top of this page. In this simulation file, the thermally tuned waveguide is measured by an Optical Network Analyzer (ONA). Run the sweep object “sweep_voltage” defined in the file. The following plot is the phase shift in the waveguide under different heating power (represented by driving voltage) at 193.1 THz.

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