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SiliconLaser

Objective

Our research aims to revolutionize the electronics industry by adding intra-chip and chip-to-chip communication at the speed of light, offering a significantly reduced energy consumption. Cubic crystal phase SiGe is known to be great for electronics. We propose to develop hexagonal crystal phase SiGe (Hex-SiGe) which features a direct bandgap and will add photonic capabilities to electronics. Direct bandgap silicon has been the holy grail of the semiconductor industry for many years, since it would allow integrating both electronic and optical functionalities on a silicon platform. Recent theoretical calculations predict that hexagonal crystal phase SixGe1-x features a tunable direct bandgap from 1380-1800 nm, exactly coinciding with the low loss window for optical fibre communications. We have recently developed a generic approach to grow defect-free hexagonal SixGe1-x with tunable composition. We propose to demonstrate efficient light emission from direct bandgap SiGe, followed by the development of a SiGe nanolaser. Work towards CMOS integration is included. The demonstration of a Hex-SiGe nanolaser will serve as a game-changer for transforming the electronics industry.

Call for proposal

H2020-FETOPEN-1-2016-2017
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT EINDHOVEN
Address
Groene Loper 3
5612 AE Eindhoven
Netherlands
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 286 716,25

Participants (5)

THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 633 126,25
Address
Wellington Square University Offices
OX1 2JD Oxford
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FRIEDRICH-SCHILLER-UNIVERSITAT JENA
Germany
EU contribution
€ 417 500
Address
Furstengraben 1
07743 Jena
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITAT LINZ
Austria
EU contribution
€ 348 587
Address
Altenberger Strasse 69
4040 Linz
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
IBM RESEARCH GMBH
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 707 125
Address
Saeumerstrasse 4
8803 Rueschlikon
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 592 363
Address
Arcisstrasse 21
80333 Muenchen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments