Nonlinear photonics in silicon-on-insulator nanostructures

Lead Research Organisation: University of Glasgow
Department Name: Electronics and Electrical Engineering


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Description Nonlinear silicon photonics will enable a new and profoundly powerful capability for processing data with light. This project has demonstrated several new and important nonlinear optical effects in a variety of silicon-on-insulator photonic structures. Specifically, the major outcomes are:
- Numerical and experimental investigations of spatiotemporal nonlinear optical effects and soliton formation in arrays of sub-wavelength silicon waveguides
- Design and characterisation of arrays of two strongly coupled silicon waveguides
- Frequency conversion experiments in dispersion-engineered silicon-on-insulator directional couplers with enhanced nonlinear response
Exploitation Route The outcomes of the project provided a better understanding on new nonlinear optical effects in sub-wavelength waveguides and coupled arrays on silicon-on-insulator. These results will be beneficial to researchers exploring non-linear effects in photonic integrated circuits.
Sectors Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Other

Description UK Quantum Technology Hub for Sensors and Metrology
Amount £35,513,855 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/M013294/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2014 
End 11/2019