Silicon Photonic Technology for Next Generation Compute Applications

Lead Research Organisation: University of Southampton
Department Name: Optoelectronics Research Centre


The growing demand for computing performance is leading towards photonics technologies. Several areas will require migration to photonic technology as performance requirements grow in the future, from short reach interconnects, memories and processing. Silicon photonics is CMOS compatible and well placed to utilize the current advancements in semiconductor fabrication facilities. In this research project, the next generation of silicon photonic compute technology will be investigated. The research will involve photonic design through the use of electrical and optical modelling packages, device layout, device fabrication and device characterisation.

Silicon photonics is a disruptive technology that is poised to revolutionize number of application areas such as data centres, high performance computing and sensing. The key driving force behind silicon photonics is its compatibility with CMOS fabrication, high volume production and low cost. Optical modulators is one of the key elements in transmission of data in short and long reach optical interconnects. With ever increasing
demand in data, the energy required for modulation becomes more demanding.


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Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
EP/N509747/1 01/10/2016 30/09/2021
1953636 Studentship EP/N509747/1 06/11/2017 30/04/2021 Bharat Pant