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Roadmap on silicon photonics

Roadmap on silicon photonics
Roadmap on silicon photonics
Silicon photonics research can be dated back to the 1980s. However, the previous decade has witnessed an explosive growth in the field. Silicon photonics is a disruptive technology that is poised to revolutionize a number of application areas, for example, data centers, high-performance computing and sensing. The key driving force behind silicon photonics is the ability to use CMOS-like fabrication resulting in high-volume production at low cost. This is a key enabling factor for bringing photonics to a range of technology areas where the costs of implementation using traditional photonic elements such as those used for the telecommunications industry would be prohibitive. Silicon does however have a number of shortcomings as a photonic material. In its basic form it is not an ideal material in which to produce light sources, optical modulators or photodetectors for example. A wealth of research effort from both academia and industry in recent years has fueled the demonstration of multiple solutions to these and other problems, and as time progresses new approaches are increasingly being conceived. It is clear that silicon photonics has a bright future. However, with a growing number of approaches available, what will the silicon photonic integrated circuit of the future look like? This roadmap on silicon photonics delves into the different technology and application areas of the field giving an insight into the state-of-the-art as well as current and future challenges faced by researchers worldwide. Contributions authored by experts from both industry and academia provide an overview and outlook for the silicon waveguide platform, optical sources, optical modulators, photodetectors, integration approaches, packaging, applications of silicon photonics and approaches required to satisfy applications at mid-infrared wavelengths. Advances in science and technology required to meet challenges faced by the field in each of these areas are also addressed together with predictions of where the field is destined to reach.
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Thomson, David, Zilkie, Aaron, Bowers, John, Komljenovic, Tin, Reed, Graham, Vivien, Laurent, Marris-Morini, Delphine, Cassan, Eric, Virot, Leopold, Fedeli, Jean-Marc, Hartmann, Jean-Michel, Schmid, Jens, Xu, Dan-Xia, Boeuf, Frederic, O'Brien, Peter, Mashanovich, Goran and Nedeljković, Milos (2016) Roadmap on silicon photonics. Journal of Optics, 18 (7), 1-20. (doi:10.1088/2040-8978/18/7/073003).

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Silicon photonics research can be dated back to the 1980s. However, the previous decade has witnessed an explosive growth in the field. Silicon photonics is a disruptive technology that is poised to revolutionize a number of application areas, for example, data centers, high-performance computing and sensing. The key driving force behind silicon photonics is the ability to use CMOS-like fabrication resulting in high-volume production at low cost. This is a key enabling factor for bringing photonics to a range of technology areas where the costs of implementation using traditional photonic elements such as those used for the telecommunications industry would be prohibitive. Silicon does however have a number of shortcomings as a photonic material. In its basic form it is not an ideal material in which to produce light sources, optical modulators or photodetectors for example. A wealth of research effort from both academia and industry in recent years has fueled the demonstration of multiple solutions to these and other problems, and as time progresses new approaches are increasingly being conceived. It is clear that silicon photonics has a bright future. However, with a growing number of approaches available, what will the silicon photonic integrated circuit of the future look like? This roadmap on silicon photonics delves into the different technology and application areas of the field giving an insight into the state-of-the-art as well as current and future challenges faced by researchers worldwide. Contributions authored by experts from both industry and academia provide an overview and outlook for the silicon waveguide platform, optical sources, optical modulators, photodetectors, integration approaches, packaging, applications of silicon photonics and approaches required to satisfy applications at mid-infrared wavelengths. Advances in science and technology required to meet challenges faced by the field in each of these areas are also addressed together with predictions of where the field is destined to reach.

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Accepted/In Press date: 24 February 2016
e-pub ahead of print date: 24 June 2016
Organisations: Optoelectronics Research Centre

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Local EPrints ID: 400901
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/400901
ISSN: 2040-8986
PURE UUID: 468b0af6-6d7e-4e1c-9e3c-af13a9e6f530
ORCID for Milos Nedeljković: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-9170-7911

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Date deposited: 29 Sep 2016 10:54
Last modified: 03 Dec 2019 06:32

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Author: David Thomson
Author: Aaron Zilkie
Author: John Bowers
Author: Tin Komljenovic
Author: Graham Reed
Author: Laurent Vivien
Author: Delphine Marris-Morini
Author: Eric Cassan
Author: Leopold Virot
Author: Jean-Marc Fedeli
Author: Jean-Michel Hartmann
Author: Jens Schmid
Author: Dan-Xia Xu
Author: Frederic Boeuf
Author: Peter O'Brien
Author: Milos Nedeljković ORCID iD

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