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Silicon-oxynitride (SiON) for photonic integrated circuits

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We report on the fabrication and analysis of silicon-oxynitride (SiON) as core material for silicon-based planar photonic waveguide circuits. Features of devices made of this particular SiON material are: (1) a silicon-compatible technology (low-cost perspective), (2) a waveguide structure with high dielectric index contrast, allowing a very compact device layout (approximately lOx smaller radius of curvature than conventional doped S1U2 technology), (3) a low optical loss < 0.15 dB/cm, in the 1550 nm telecommunication window and (4) a negligible polarization dependence. The materials aspects and resulting analyses of the SiON layers as well as particular device properties are described. © 1999 Materials Research Society.