Patents by Inventor Peter W. Evans

Peter W. Evans has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 10741999
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including a laser including a layer having first and second regions, the first region including a void; a mirror section provided on the layer, the mirror section including a waveguide core, at least part of the waveguide core is provided over at least a portion of the void; a first grating provided on the waveguide core; a first cladding layer provided between the layer and the waveguide core and supported by the second region of the layer; a second cladding layer provided on the waveguide core; and a heat source configured to change a temperature of at least one of the waveguide core and the grating, where an optical mode propagating in the waveguide core of the mirror section does not incur substantial loss due to interaction with portions of the mirror section above and below the waveguide core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Infinera Coropration
    Inventors: Peter W. Evans, Mingzhi Lu, Fred A. Kish, Jr., Vikrant Lal, Scott Corzine, John W. Osenbach, Jin Yan
  • Patent number: 10707965
    Abstract: A device may include a substrate. The device may include a carrier mounted to the substrate. The device may include a transmitter photonic integrated circuit (PIC) mounted on the carrier. The transmitter PIC may include a plurality of lasers that generate an optical signal when a voltage or current is applied to one of the plurality of lasers. The device may include a first microelectromechanical structure (MEMS) mounted to the substrate. The first MEMS may include a first set of lenses. The device may include a planar lightwave circuit (PLC) mounted to the substrate. The PLC may be optically coupled to the plurality of lasers by the first set of lenses of the first MEMS. The device may include a second MEMS, mounted to the substrate, that may include a second set of lenses, which may be configured to optically couple the PLC to an optical fiber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Infinera Corporation
    Inventors: Timothy Butrie, Michael Reffle, Xiaofeng Han, Mehrdad Ziari, Vikrant Lal, Peter W. Evans, Fred A. Klsh, Jr., Donald J. Pavinski, Jie Tang, David Coult
  • Patent number: 10651627
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including an optical receiver including an optical source, including a substrate; a laser provided on the substrate, the laser having first and second sides and outputting first light from the first side and second light from the second side, the first light output from the first side of the laser has a first power and the second light output from the second side has a second power; and a first modulator that receives the first light and a second modulator that receives the second light, such that the power of the first light at an input of the first modulator is substantially equal to the power of the second light at an input of the second modulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Infinera Corporaton
    Inventors: Peter W. Evans, Jeffrey T. Rahn, Vikrant Lal, Miguel Iglesias Olmedo, Amir Hosseini, Parmijit Samra, Scott Corzine, Ryan W. Going
  • Publication number: 20190342009
    Abstract: Consistent with the present disclosure, one or more spare Widely Tunable Lasers (WTLs) are integrated on a PIC. In the event that a channel, including, for example, a laser, a modulator and a semiconductor optical amplifier in a transmitter or Tx PIC, or a laser, optical hybrid, and photodiodes, for example, in a receiver PIC (Rx PIC), includes one or more defective devices, a spare channel is selected that includes a widely tunable laser (WTL) which may be tuned to the wavelength associated with any of the channels on the PIC. Accordingly, the spare channel replaces the defective channel or the lowest performing channel and outputs modulated optical signals at the wavelength associated with the defective channel. Thus, even though a defective channel may be present, a die consistent with the present disclosure may still output or receive the desired channels because the spare channel replaces the defective channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2018
    Publication date: November 7, 2019
    Applicant: Infinera Corporation
    Inventors: Peter W. Evans, Fred A. Kish, JR., Vikrant Lal, Jacco Ploumeekers, Timothy Butrie, David G. Coult, John W. Osenbach, Jie Tang, Jiaming Zhang
  • Publication number: 20190339468
    Abstract: Consistent with the present disclosure, one or more spare Widely Tunable Lasers (WTLs) are integrated on a PIC. In the event that a channel, including, for example, a laser, a modulator and a semiconductor optical amplifier in a transmitter or Tx PIC, or a laser, optical hybrid, and photodiodes, for example, in a receiver PIC (Rx PIC), includes one or more defective devices, a spare channel is selected that includes a widely tunable laser (WTL) which may be tuned to the wavelength associated with any of the channels on the PIC. Accordingly, the spare channel replaces the defective channel or the lowest performing channel and outputs modulated optical signals at the wavelength associated with the defective channel. Thus, even though a defective channel may be present, a die consistent with the present disclosure may still output or receive the desired channels because the spare channel replaces the defective channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2018
    Publication date: November 7, 2019
    Applicant: Infinera Corporation
    Inventors: Peter W. Evans, Fred A. Kish, JR., Vikrant Lal, Jacco Pleumeekers, Timothy Butrie, David G. Coult, John W. Osenbach, Jie Tang, Jiaming Zhang
  • Publication number: 20190342010
    Abstract: Consistent with the present disclosure, one or more spare Widely Tunable Lasers (WTLs) are integrated on a PIC. In the event that a channel, including, for example, a laser, a modulator and a semiconductor optical amplifier in a transmitter or Tx PIC, or a laser, optical hybrid, and photodiodes, for example, in a receiver PIC (Rx PIC), includes one or more defective devices, a spare channel is selected that includes a widely tunable laser (WTL) which may be tuned to the wavelength associated with any of the channels on the PIC. Accordingly, the spare channel replaces the defective channel or the lowest performing channel and outputs modulated optical signals at the wavelength associated with the defective channel. Thus, even though a defective channel may be present, a die consistent with the present disclosure may still output or receive the desired channels because the spare channel replaces the defective channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2018
    Publication date: November 7, 2019
    Applicant: Infinera Corporation
    Inventors: Peter W. Evans, Fred A. Kish, JR., Vikrant Lal, Jacco Pleumeekers, Timothy Butrie, David G. Coult, John W. Osenbach, Jie Tang, Jiaming Zhang
  • Publication number: 20190280798
    Abstract: Consistent with the present disclosure, a photonic integrated circuit (PIC) is provided that has 2 N channels (N being an integer). The PIC is optically coupled to N optical fibers, such that each of N polarization multiplexed optical signals are transmitted over a respective one of the N optical fibers. In another example, each of the N optical fibers supply a respective one of N polarization multiplexed optical signals to the PIC for coherent detection and processing. A multiplexer and demultiplexer may be omitted from the PIC, such that the optical signals are not combined on the PIC. As a result, the transmitted and received optical signals incur less loss and amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) noise.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Publication date: September 12, 2019
    Inventors: Jeffrey T. Rahn, Fred A. Kish, Michael Reffle, Peter W. Evans, Vikrant Lal
  • Publication number: 20190158183
    Abstract: A device may include a substrate. The device may include a carrier mounted to the substrate. The device may include a transmitter photonic integrated circuit (PIC) mounted on the carrier. The transmitter PIC may include a plurality of lasers that generate an optical signal when a voltage or current is applied to one of the plurality of lasers. The device may include a first microelectromechanical structure (MEMS) mounted to the substrate. The first MEMS may include a first set of lenses. The device may include a planar lightwave circuit (PLC) mounted to the substrate. The PLC may be optically coupled to the plurality of lasers by the first set of lenses of the first MEMS. The device may include a second MEMS, mounted to the substrate, that may include a second set of lenses, which may be configured to optically couple the PLC to an optical fiber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2019
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Inventors: Timothy Butrie, Michael Reffle, Xiaofeng Han, Mehrdad Ziari, Vikrant Lal, Peter W. Evans, Fred A. Klsh, Donald J. Pavinski, Jie Tang, David Coult
  • Patent number: 10290619
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including a photonic integrated circuit package, including a photonic integrated circuit chip, including an active optical element; an electrode configured to receive an electrical signal; a ground electrode; and a bond contact electrically coupled to the electrode; and an ASIC chip including circuitry configured to provide the electrical signal; and a bond contact that is electrically coupled to the circuitry; an bridge chip bonded to at least a portion of the photonic integrated circuit chip and at least a portion of the ASIC chip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Infinera Corporation
    Inventors: Peter W. Evans, John W. Osenbach, Fred A. Kish, Jr., Jiaming Zhang, Miguel Iglesias Olmedo, Maria Anagnosti
  • Patent number: 10261259
    Abstract: Consistent with the present disclosure, a coherent receiver PIC may be provided having waveguides that may be routed in a substantially U-shaped bend to feed both an incoming signal and a local oscillator signal into a 90-degree optical hybrid circuit, which may include a multi-mode interference (MMI) device. As a result, one or more local oscillator lasers may be provided between optical hybrid circuits in certain examples, and, in other examples, optical waveguides feeding optical signals to the optical hybrids are provided between the optical hybrid circuits. In both examples, a more compact receiver PIC layout may be achieved without waveguide crossings, that can be linearly scaled to accommodate reception of additional signals or channels without added complexity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Infinera Corporation
    Inventor: Peter W. Evans
  • Publication number: 20190103937
    Abstract: Consistent with the present disclosure, a photonic integrated circuit (PIC) is provided that has 2 N channels (N being an integer). The PIC is optically coupled to N optical fibers, such that each of N polarization multiplexed optical signals are transmitted over a respective one of the N optical fibers. In another example, each of the N optical fibers supply a respective one of N polarization multiplexed optical signals to the PIC for coherent detection and processing. A multiplexer and demultiplexer may be omitted from the PIC, such that the optical signals are not combined on the PIC. As a result, the transmitted and received optical signals incur less loss and amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) noise. In addition, optical taps may be more readily employed on the PIC to measure outputs of the lasers, such as widely tunable lasers (WTLs), without crossing waveguides.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Publication date: April 4, 2019
    Inventors: Jeffrey T. Rahn, Fred A. Kish, JR., Michael Reffle, Peter W. Evans, Vikrant Lal
  • Publication number: 20190103938
    Abstract: Consistent with the present disclosure, a photonic integrated circuit (PIC) is provided that has 2 N channels (N being an integer). The PIC is optically coupled to N optical fibers, such that each of N polarization multiplexed optical signals are transmitted over a respective one of the N optical fibers. In another example, each of the N optical fibers supply a respective one of N polarization multiplexed optical signals to the PIC for coherent detection and processing. A multiplexer and demultiplexer may be omitted from the PIC, such that the optical signals are not combined on the PIC. As a result, the transmitted and received optical signals incur less loss and amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) noise. In addition, optical taps may be more readily employed on the PIC to measure outputs of the lasers, such as widely tunable lasers (WTLs), without crossing waveguides.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2018
    Publication date: April 4, 2019
    Inventors: Jeffrey T. Rahn, Vikrant Lal, Peter W. Evans, Fred A. Kish, JR.
  • Publication number: 20190089475
    Abstract: Consistent with the present disclosure, a photonic integrated circuit (PIC) is provided that has 2 N channels (N being an integer). The PIC is optically coupled to N optical fibers, such that each of N polarization multiplexed optical signals are transmitted over a respective one of the N optical fibers. In another example, each of the N optical fibers supply a respective one of N polarization multiplexed optical signals to the PIC for coherent detection and processing. A multiplexer and demultiplexer may be omitted from the PIC, such that the optical signals are not combined on the PIC. As a result, the transmitted and received optical signals incur less loss and amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) noise. In addition, optical taps may be more readily employed on the PIC to measure outputs of the lasers, such as widely tunable lasers (WTLs), without crossing waveguides.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Publication date: March 21, 2019
    Inventors: Fred A. Kish, JR., Michael Reffle, Jeffrey T. Rahn, John Osenbach, Timothy Butrie, Xiaofeng Han, Mark Missey, Mehrdad Ziari, Peter W. Evans
  • Publication number: 20190089476
    Abstract: Consistent with the present disclosure, a photonic integrated circuit (PIC) is provided that has 2 N channels (N being an integer). The PIC is optically coupled to N optical fibers, such that each of N polarization multiplexed optical signals are transmitted over a respective one of the N optical fibers. In another example, each of the N optical fibers supply a respective one of N polarization multiplexed optical signals to the PIC for coherent detection and processing. A multiplexer and demultiplexer may be omitted from the PIC, such that the optical signals are not combined on the PIC. As a result, the transmitted and received optical signals incur less loss and amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) noise. In addition, optical taps may be more readily employed on the PIC to measure outputs of the lasers, such as widely tunable lasers (WTLs), without crossing waveguides.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Publication date: March 21, 2019
    Inventors: Fred A. Kish, JR., Michael Reffle, Jeffrey T. Rahn, John Osenbach, Timothy Butrie, Xiaofeng Han, Mark Missey, Mehrdad Ziari, Peter w. Evans
  • Publication number: 20190081724
    Abstract: Consistent with the present disclosure, a photonic integrated circuit (PIC) is provided that has 2 N channels (N being an integer). The PIC is optically coupled to N optical fibers, such that each of N polarization multiplexed optical signals are transmitted over a respective one of the N optical fibers. In another example, each of the N optical fibers supply a respective one of N polarization multiplexed optical signals to the PIC for coherent detection and processing. A multiplexer and demultiplexer may be omitted from the PIC, such that the optical signals are not combined on the PIC. As a result, the transmitted and received optical signals incur less loss and amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) noise.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Publication date: March 14, 2019
    Inventors: Jeffrey T. Rahn, Fred A. Kish, Michael Reffle, Peter W. Evans, Vikrant Lal
  • Publication number: 20190081725
    Abstract: Consistent with the present disclosure, a photonic integrated circuit (PIC) is provided that has 2 N channels (N being an integer). The PIC is optically coupled to N optical fibers, such that each of N polarization multiplexed optical signals are transmitted over a respective one of the N optical fibers. In another example, each of the N optical fibers supply a respective one of N polarization multiplexed optical signals to the PIC for coherent detection and processing. A multiplexer and demultiplexer may be omitted from the PIC, such that the optical signals are not combined on the PIC. As a result, the transmitted and received optical signals incur less loss and amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) noise. In addition, optical taps may be more readily employed on the PIC to measure outputs of the lasers, such as widely tunable lasers (WTLs), without crossing waveguides.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2018
    Publication date: March 14, 2019
    Inventors: Jeffrey T. Rahn, Vikrant Lal, Peter W. Evans, Fred A. Kish, JR.
  • Patent number: 10211925
    Abstract: A device may include a substrate. The device may include a carrier mounted to the substrate. The device may include a transmitter photonic integrated circuit (PIC) mounted on the carrier. The transmitter PIC may include a plurality of lasers that generate an optical signal when a voltage or current is applied to one of the plurality of lasers. The device may include a first microelectromechanical structure (MEMS) mounted to the substrate. The first MEMS may include a first set of lenses. The device may include a planar lightwave circuit (PLC) mounted to the substrate. The PLC may be optically coupled to the plurality of lasers by the first set of lenses of the first MEMS. The device may include a second MEMS, mounted to the substrate, that may include a second set of lenses, which may be configured to optically couple the PLC to an optical fiber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Infinera Corporation
    Inventors: Timothy Butrie, Michael Reffle, Xiaofeng Han, Mehrdad Ziari, Vikrant Lal, Peter W. Evans, Fred A. Kish, Jr., Donald J. Pavinski, Jie Tang, David Coult
  • Patent number: 10205301
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including a laser including a layer having first and second regions, the first region including a void; a mirror section provided on the layer, the mirror section including a waveguide core, at least part of the waveguide core is provided over at least a portion of the void; a first grating provided on the waveguide core; a first cladding layer provided between the layer and the waveguide core and supported by the second region of the layer; a second cladding layer provided on the waveguide core; and a heat source configured to change a temperature of at least one of the waveguide core and the grating, where an optical mode propagating in the waveguide core of the mirror section does not incur substantial loss due to interaction with portions of the mirror section above and below the waveguide core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Infinera Corporation
    Inventors: Peter W Evans, Mingzhi Lu, Fred A. Kish, Jr., Vikrant Lal, Scott Corzine, John W. Osenbach, Jin Yan
  • Patent number: 10181697
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including a laser including a layer having first and second regions, the first region including a void; a mirror section provided on the layer, the mirror section including a waveguide core, at least part of the waveguide core is provided over at least a portion of the void; a first grating provided on the waveguide core; a first cladding layer provided between the layer and the waveguide core and supported by the second region of the layer; a second cladding layer provided on the waveguide core; and a heat source configured to change a temperature of at least one of the waveguide core and the grating, where an optical mode propagating in the waveguide core of the mirror section does not incur substantial loss due to interaction with portions of the mirror section above and below the waveguide core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Infinera Corporation
    Inventors: Peter W. Evans, Mingzhi Lu, Fred A. Kish, Jr., Vikrant Lal, Scott Corzine, John W. Osenbach, Jin Yan
  • Patent number: 10181696
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including an optical receiver including a laser including a gain section; and a first tunable reflector configured to output a reference signal; a first coupler formed over the substrate; a shutter variable optical attenuator formed over the substrate, the shutter variable optical attenuator including an input port configured to receive the first portion of the reference signal from the laser; and an output port configured to provide or to block, based on a control signal, the first portion of the reference signal from the laser; and a second coupler including a first port configured to receive the first portion of the reference signal from the shutter variable optical attenuator; and a second port configured to (i) provide the first portion of the reference signal from the shutter variable optical attenuator to an optical analyzer or (ii) receive a data signal from a transmitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Infinera Corporation
    Inventors: Peter W. Evans, Jeffrey T. Rahn, Vikrant Lal, Miguel Iglesias Olmedo, Amir Hosseini, Parmijit Samra, Scott Corzine, Ryan W. Going