/Virtual Talk: driving advances in photonics technologies for disruptive applications

Virtual Talk: driving advances in photonics technologies for disruptive applications

Imec fellow, Joris Van Campenhout, explains how wafer-scale and integrated photonics are creating a true revolution in critical domains, propelling performance and reducing cost.

Advanced integrated photonics technologies are making ever-increasing inroads in high-profile applications. For example, cloud data centers, high-performance, and artificial-intelligence computing systems critically rely on silicon photonics technology to interconnect various subsystems at blistering speeds, with terabit-per-second capacity planned in the next few years.

In this presentation, filmed initially at ITF Photonics 2021, Joris shares why he believes the future of integrated silicon photonics is bright with potential:

  • As Moore’s law runs out of gas, alternative paradigms such as optical computing challenge the status quo and provide pathways for continued progress in computing.
  • Equally impressive is the uptake of advanced photonic technologies in the fields of optical sensing and imaging.
  • Advanced lidar solutions, realized through low-cost chip-scale multibeam laser scanners, will propel the development of autonomous vehicles.
  • Future chip-scale biomedical devices will enable high-resolution non-invasive imaging and super-resolution microscopes.
  • Image sensors based on quantum dots enable high-resolution machine vision in the short-wave infrared and various other use cases.

What do all of these applications have in common?

They require high-performance and scaled-out photonics technology platforms containing thousands or more cutting-edge optical components. Such scaling challenges are best approached by leveraging the silicon manufacturing ecosystem.

Learn about how imec is enabling this technology by watching Joris’ presentation.

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Joris Van Campenhout is an imec fellow, and director of the industry-affiliated R&D program on optical I/O at imec. By advancing silicon photonics technology, imec’s optical I/O R&D program seeks to substantially scale optical interconnects to bandwidth densities beyond 1 Tbps/mm, while consuming less power than 1 pJ/bit, thereby enabling next-generation AI, high-performance computing (HPC), and cloud datacenter systems. Before joining imec in 2010, Joris was a post-doctoral researcher at IBM’s TJ Watson Research Center (USA), where he developed silicon electro-optic switches. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Ghent University (Belgium) in 2007 for his work on heterogeneous integration of III-V microdisk lasers on silicon. Joris has authored or co-authored 12 patents and over 100 papers in the field of silicon integrated photonics, which have received 9000+ citations.