The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

San Diego Convention Center,
San Diego, California, USA

Optical Integration Beyond Silicon Photonics: Why, What and How?

Sunday, March 11, 2018
12:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Event type: Workshop

Room number: 6F


Daniel Blumenthal, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA; Benjamin Eggleton, University of Sydney, Australia; Leif Oxenløwe, DTU, Denmark


New integration technologies are on the horizon for communications, signal processing and sensing applications, opening up new possibilities for functions and systems on-chip with lower energy, higher performance and increased density. Silicon photonics in tandem with other legacy technologies is quickly becoming the de facto-standard for a large portion of research and commercialization. However, limitations of silicon photonics raise the issue if it is a ubiquitous solution, and what other new photonics and device integration technologies can offer for future applications and capabilities.   
The workshop will discuss the requirements of future applications and subsystems, how they can be met by traditional silicon photonics, what the limits are with this solution, and what new photonic technologies emerging on the horizon can meet these future requirements:

  • What are the integration and performance requirements of tomorrow’s high capacity and low power, low cost communications and sensor subsystems?

  • What is the end-user perspective on silicon photonics and adoption of new technology solutions?

  • How are subsystem and user requirements helped and hampered by the performance, scalability, and functional and physical limitations of silicon photonics?

  • What are the opportunities for improvements in power dissipation, power handling capabilities, embedded gain, footprint, performance and functionality?

  • What are the emerging applications?

  • What are the next generation photonic technologies being developed that can address this space?

    • Examples include photonic molecules, photon-phonon and optomechanic based devices, quantum photonic integrated circuits, strong broadband non-linear optics, topological photonics, chiral photonics, and nanophotonics.

  • What new applications can be enabled by these technologies?

    • Examples include dispersion engineering, chip scale RF processors, optical acoustic signal processing, nonlinear optical functions, unidirectional lasers, quantum communications and computing on chip, ultra-fast and large-scale optical logic, ultra-low energy optical switches, frequency comb devices, magnet-free optical isolation, ultra-low energy devices for large-scale integration, ultra-fast chips to handle terabit communications in small form factors, sensors for position and navigation, optical signal processing functions for digital and RF communications.


Part I: End User Perspective
Opportunities for Next Generation Photonicsand Functions in DCIs, Hitesh Balani, Microsoft Research, USA

Opportunities for Next Generation Integrated Photonics, Katharine Schmidtke, Facebook, USA

Special Purpose High Performance Computational Chips, Thomas Van-Vaerenbergh, HPE, Belgium

The Current State of Silicon Photonics and What are the Limits, Daoxin Dai, Zhejiang Univ., China

Panel Discussion: New Applications and Impact on Existing Applications

Part II: Next Generation Device Physics
Brillouin Scattering and Photon-phonon Signal Processing in Silicon, Peter Rakich, Yale University, USA

Silicon Rich Nitrades, Dawn Tan, Singapore Design University of Technology, Singapore

Flexible Silicon Solutions, Anna Peacock, Univ. of Southampton, United Kingdom

Plasmonic Optics, Juerg Leuthold, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Panel Discussion: What Does it Take for Next Generation Physics to Make its Way into Practical Devices and Functional Photonics?

Part III: Next Generation Devices and Functions
Integrated Photonics Beyond Silicon, Gunther Roelkens, Ghent Univ., Belgium

Integrated Photonics for Positional Navigation and Sensing (Optical Gyros), Matthew Puckett, Honeywell, USA

Integrated Photonics for Microwave Photonics, David Marpaung, University of Twente, The Netherlands

Functions for Photonic Molecules and Quantum Annealing, Guha Saikat, University of Arizona, USA

Panel Discussion: Prospects for Impact on Subsystems and Applications and Adoption by End Users

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