Silicon Photonics

Time: Wednesday, October 24th, 16:30
Speaker: Dries VAN THOURHOUT, Ghent

Silicon Photonics uses existing CMOS technology to realise complex photonic integrated chips that allow to route, control, switch and filter light on a chip.  Silicon waveguides strongly confine light allowing to make these chips very compact and enhance light-matter interaction.  In this talk I will introduce the status of the field and the operation of most relevant basic devices (sources, modulators, detectors, passive guiding and routing of signals…).  Then I will show how these building blocks can be combined to build more complex chips that can route and switch optical pulses, as would be needed for optically switching magnetic tunnel junctions.