MZI Simulation Using the PDAFlow Interface and LioniX Components

Tool Used: OptSim Circuit

The example illustrates OptSim Circuit simulation of a photonic integrated circuit (PIC) based on components using the PDAFlow interface and the LioniX foundry (the example assumes that you have a valid PDAFlow license for this foundry). The topology of Figure 1(a) simulates the transfer function response of two different Mach-Zehnder interferometer (MZI) designs, each based on the compound component (CC) shown in Figure 1(b). If you view the properties for either of the two MZI CCs in the top-level topology, you will see that the LioniX foundry is being used.

The MZI design uses various building blocks from the PDAFlow LioniX foundry, including straight and arced waveguides, as well as Y junctions. The upper MZI in Figure 1(a) has an arm-length difference of approximately 202 µm, while the lower MZI has an arm-length difference of approximately 302 µm. Figures 2(a) and 2(b) show the output spectra for the upper and lower MZIs, respectively. Comparison of the two plots reveals that the larger arm-length difference in the lower MZI results in a smaller free-spectral range (FSR).

Top-level topology for simulating MZIs | Synopsys


MZI design using LioniX components | Synopsys


Figure 1. (a) Top-level topology for simulating MZIs. (b) MZI design using LioniX components.

MZI design using LioniX components | Synopsys

Figure 2. Output transmission spectra from (a) upper and (b) lower MZIs.

Finally, either of the two MZI CCs can be converted into an OptoDesigner layout. To do so, from the Utilities menu, select Generate PDAFlow Netlist. This will produce an SPT file for the CC inside the project directory. You can then open this SPT file in OptoDesigner. Figure 3 depicts the layout for the top MZI.

Upper MZI layout | Synopsys

Figure 3. Upper MZI layout.