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MORPHIC: programmable photonic circuits enabled by silicon photonic MEMS
Author(s): Wim Bogaerts; Hamed Sattari; Pierre Edinger; Alain Yuji Takabayashi; Iman Zand; Xiaojing Wang; Antonio Ribeiro; Moises Jezzini; Carlos Errando-Herranz; Giuseppe Talli; Kumar Saurav; Marco Garcia Porcel; Peter Verheyen; Banafsheh Abasahl; Frank Niklaus; Niels Quack; Kristinn B. Gylfason; Peter O'Brien; Umar Khan
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Paper Abstract

In the European project MORPHIC we develop a platform for programmable silicon photonic circuits enabled by waveguide-integrated micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS). MEMS can add compact, and low-power phase shifters and couplers to an established silicon photonics platform with high-speed modulators and detectors. This MEMS technology is used for a new class of programmable photonic circuits, that can be reconfigured using electronics and software, consisting of large interconnected meshes of phase shifters and couplers. MORPHIC is also developing the packaging and driver electronics interfacing schemes for such large circuits, creating a supply chain for rapid prototyping new photonic chip concepts. These will be demonstrated in different applications, such as switching, beamforming and microwave photonics.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 February 2020
PDF: 19 pages
Proc. SPIE 11285, Silicon Photonics XV, 1128503 (26 February 2020); doi: 10.1117/12.2540934
Show Author Affiliations
Wim Bogaerts, Ghent Univ.-IMEC (Belgium)
Hamed Sattari, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland)
Pierre Edinger, KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden)
Alain Yuji Takabayashi, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland)
Iman Zand, Ghent Univ.-IMEC (Belgium)
Xiaojing Wang, KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden)
Antonio Ribeiro, Ghent Univ.-IMEC (Belgium)
Moises Jezzini, Tyndall National Institute (Ireland)
Carlos Errando-Herranz, KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden)
Giuseppe Talli, Tyndall National Institute (Ireland)
Kumar Saurav, Commscope Connectivity Belgium (Belgium)
Marco Garcia Porcel, VLC Photonics S.L. (Spain)
Peter Verheyen, imec (Belgium)
Banafsheh Abasahl, Ghent Univ.-IMEC (Belgium)
Frank Niklaus, KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden)
Niels Quack, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland)
Kristinn B. Gylfason, KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden)
Peter O'Brien, Tyndall National Institute (Ireland)
Umar Khan, Ghent Univ.-IMEC (Belgium)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11285:
Silicon Photonics XV
Graham T. Reed; Andrew P. Knights, Editor(s)

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