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Silicon-Integrated Graphene Photodetectors for Future Photonic Integrated Circuits – Graph-IC

Project description

Graphene photodetectors for high-speed optical communications

Graphene’s exquisite optical properties make the material particularly attractive for optoelectronics applications. Integrating graphene photodetectors on silicon waveguides holds great potential for high-speed optical communications. The EU-funded Graph-IC project developed such a photodetector which is expected to outperform state-of-the-art systems in terms of data rates, cost and energy consumption. The new technology was fully integrated and utilised the entire transmission window of optical fibres. With this proof-of-concept system, the project aimed to prove the viability and identify technical issues of high-bandwidth graphene photodetectors in the optical region of the electromagnetic spectrum.

Objective

The goal of the Graph-IC proof of concept proposal is to verify the innovation potential of silicon-technology-integrated graphene photodetectors for high-speed and broadband light conversion. The idea of this PoC is to use such graphene photodetectors as an enabling technology for integrated optoelectronic systems with extremely high data rates. The new technology will be fully integrated and allow the utilization of the entire transmission window of optical fibers. Such systems have the potential to decisively outperform existing systems in terms of data-rate, cost and energy consumption, which are becoming major challenges in large data systems. Within this PoC, we plan to establish the viability and identify technical issues of integrated graphene photodetectors with high electrical bandwidth for optical wavelengths. Graph-IC prepares the PI and his team to embark on a very high-risk, very high-gain endeavor, where the goal is to compete in a multi-billion Euro global market. This proposal is based on the scientific results of the ERC starting grant “InteGraDe – Integrating Graphene Devices (307311)”, where the PI has demonstrated the integration of graphene with silicon technology up to the wafer scale.

Host institution

GESELLSCHAFT FUR ANGEWANDTE MIKRO UND OPTOELEKTRONIK MIT BESCHRANKTERHAFTUNG AMO GMBH
Net EU contribution
€ 149 750,00
Address
OTTO BLUMENTHAL STRASSE
52074 Aachen
Germany

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Nordrhein-Westfalen Köln Städteregion Aachen
Activity type
Other
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Total cost
€ 149 750,00

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